Sustainability Summit to be Held at Local College

by Roberta Seldon on April 18, 2012

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC), which recently signed Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP), will host the second annual International Urban Sustainability Action Summit, GreenLivingDC.org reports.

This year’s summit, themed “Food and Water: Sustainable Waste Reclamation,” will focus on fair and equal access to healthy food options in urban America.

Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, Inc., will serve as a keynote speaker on Friday, April 27 and as an instructor of a 2-day hoophouse design workshop on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. Jonathan Lanciani, President & CEO of Organica Sustainable Water, will also give a keynote address.

The cost to attend the summit is $25. The cost of the 2-day workshop is $150.

Registration for the event can be completed online.

In related news, the Security and Sustainability Forum will host a free webinar on how collaboration between industry and higher education institutions can further the goals of the UN’s Rio+20 conference. Areas of focus will include research, education, workforce preparation, sustainable practices, and engineering solutions.

Paul Rowland, Executive Director of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), will serve as moderator. Rowland will be joined by a panel of experts that includes:

  • Chantal Line Carpentier, Sustainable Development Officer in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Wim Wiewel, President of Portland State University
  • Rose Johnson, President of Haywood Community College
  • Denny McGinn, President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
  • Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls

The webinar, entitled “Increasing Collaboration to Build a Sustainable Future,” will be held May 10, 2012 from 1:15-2:45 pm EDT. Click here to register today!

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