Sustainability Initiative

Dwane Jones, Ph.D.Dwane Jones, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of the District of Columbia, a division of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES). Dr. Jones conducts research and teaches courses in Urban Sustainability, Urban Design, Urban Planning and Low Impact Development. He has degrees in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, and Urban Design.

"The Center for Sustainable Development is a central component of CAUSES in which all academic and land-grant initiatives coalesce. The Center implements research projects that integrate all programs of CAUSES in an effort to produce and understand the implications and impacts of sustainable development," explained Dr. Jones. The Center for Sustainable Development encompasses the three pillars of Sustainability- People, Places, and Profit (Environment, Economics, and Equity). As such, the Center consists of faculty and staff appointments in Environmental Sciences, Economic Analysis, Sustainable Spaces (green infrastructure, green buildings, and resources), and Entrepreneurship. UDC's Center for Sustainable Development also includes a world-class water quality research lab as part of its Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI). 

When asked to describe his vision for the Center, Dr. Jones described, "My vision is that the Center for Sustainable Development become a leader in educational excellence and research in sustainable development. This vision includes developing, implementing, and evaluating applied research projects as building blocks of sustainability. Each project will then become a classroom for student learning, community engagement, and economic development."

Watch Dr. Jones discuss low impact development on CAUSES TV.


UDC to Host DC Sustainability and Social Enterprise Summit

CAUSES will host the first DC Sustainability and Social Enterprise Summit, the final event of the week long DC Social Enterprise Week, held April 14-18, 2014. The conference will be hosted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at UDC’s David A. Clarke School of Law, located at 4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Co-headlining the Summit will be Seth Goldman, President and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, and Aaron Hurst, author of the Purpose Economy. Click here for more information.


UDC Honored with Three Sustainable DC Grants

The University of the District of Columbia was named one of the honorees of the Sustainable DC Innovation Challenge, winning three out of seven grants for a total of $921,000. The grant competition was established to promote novel initiatives among District agencies that will advance Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Sustainable DC Plan that seeks to make the District of Columbia the greenest, healthiest and most sustainable city in the nation. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences was awarded three grants; one for building three state of the art neighborhood scale aquaponics facilities; one for building a commercial kitchen facility and food truck to promote nutrition, job-skills and entrepreneurship training and one to create a native plants nursery to combat invasive plant species and restoration native habitats. All three facilities will serve as community education center to create local green-jobs training. Read more.


UDC to Host April 2014 Water Symposium on April 4, 2014
The National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium will be hosted at the University of the District of Columbia's Van Ness campus on Friday, April 4, 2014. The National Capital Region (NCR), encompassing the District of Columbia, and parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, has unique and challenging opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and water infrastructures. This one-day symposium at the University of the District of Columbia will bring together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally, and internationally. For more information, click here. To register, click here


UDC Hosts Successful Post Oil City exhibit and workshops

Presented by CAUSES and the Goethe-Institut Washington, Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future is an international planning and landscape architecture exhibition that presents paradigms of traditional climate-sensitive construction from the past on display in the field of sustainable urban planning. The innovative solutions for the Post-Oil City were envisioned by architects, planners, designers and engineers from 10 different countries. Embedded within the exhibition were workshops and panels on topics shaping the Post-Oil City of the future including mobility, energy and functionality. Throughout the exhibit, presenters from federal and district government agencies and the private and non-profit sectors offered a broad range of stakeholder perspectives over a series of topical dialogues. The other workshops and dialogue conference hosted throughout the exhibit brought together speakers from the District Department of the Environment, District Department of Transportation, the District Department of Housing and Community Development, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Volkswagen of America, TransSolar GMBH, the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Alta Planning + Design, sustainable building company REHAU, DC Water, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the German Embassy. Click here for more information


CAUSES Division of land-grant programs

Land-Grant Division of CAUSES offers research-based community education and professional certification programs that are delivered through five centers: the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, the Center for Sustainable Development which includes the Water Resources Research Institute; the Center for 4-H and Youth Development;  the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health which includes the Institute of Gerontology; the Architectural Research Institute. Each of the Centers offers programs and services that are designed to work directly and collaboratively with the neighborhoods where we are located and to enrich the lives of District of Columbia residents. The five Centers also offer a range of assessment services to residents and community groups including nutrition education, soil testing, water quality monitoring, lead abatement and gardening demonstrations. Collectively the Centers offer over 2,000 programs and serve more than 36,000 participants annually.

http://www.udc.edu/college_of_urban_agriculture_and_environmental_studies/division_of_land_grant_programs


New edition of Water Highlights

The latest edition of Water Highlights from the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) spotlights the new Environmental Quality Testing lab. Led by new WRRI director Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, the lab will serve as an interdisciplinary resource University stakeholders engaged in food safety, emerging contaminants, trace elements and other research. Read Water Highlights here.


UDC and partners host urban revitalization exhibit and conference featuring Hamburg, Germany

CAUSES, together with the Goethe-Institut WashingtonHafenCity Hamburg  and the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Hamburg, recently hosted the conference and accompanying exhibition: "Hamburg: Building the City Anew. A Journey into the City of Tomorrow." The exhibit served as the basis for a panel discussion engaging Hamburg urban revitalization partners with representatives from the U.S. government, the District of Columbia, the private sector and from the local citizens in designing the city of the future while bridging the divide between those who have access to economic opportunities and those who do not.

Watch a special episode of CAUSES TV featuring the CEO of HafenCity Hamburg, Mr. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg as he discusses Hamburg's approach to urban sustainability.


UDC Welcomes Community to Southeast DC with Urban Aquaponics Project

On Saturday in late September 2013, the University of the District of Columbia's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) celebrated the launch of a neighborhood-sized aquaponics facility located in the southeastern quadrant of Washington, D.C. The project is the result of a collaborative effort between CAUSES and ReGeneration House of Praise Church. The ribbon-cutting was attended by representatives from USDA, the D.C. Government, UDC and the community. The new aquaponics facility, funded by a Wells Fargo grant, will enable the church to raise fish and grow fresh food using cutting-edge technology.  


Keep up with UDC's sustainability transformation with our newly revised map of the Van Ness Campus. The map contains information on capital projects, efficiency practices, sustainability research facilities, transportation options, and environmental impact indicators. Click here for a PDF copy of the map. For more information about the Van Ness Campus Sustainability Map or to request paper copies, contact Dr. Dwane Jones (dwane.jones@udc.edu).

 


UDC leads in the formation of the District of Columbia Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge

UDC recent led a group of nine District-based universities and colleges in a collective effort to support Sustainable DC. The District of Columbia Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP) was designed to be meaningful yet flexible commitment intended to produce tangible benefits for DC's local environment and community. Signatory institutions choose from a menu of performance areas in which to take action, such as energy, water, waste, green education and training, and jobs and community development. Using the DC CUSP as a standard, the colleges and universities in the District of Columbia are collectively committed to making Washington, DC the Greenest College Town in America. To view a full version of the signed CUSP click here. To view a list of UDC's initial commitments, click here.