USGBC National Capital Region: Partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank
USGBC National Capital Region is proud to have partnered with Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to build the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project, an urban food studio adjacent to the food bank's demonstration garden. This open outdoor pavilion now serves as a space in which the food bank can provide critical gardening, nutrition, and cooking education to the people of Washington, DC.
Moving into 2016, USGBC-NCR and CAFB are continuing to work together through a series of volunteer initiatives grounded in our shared commitment to creating healthy, sustainable communities. These volunteer opportunities will include:
- gardening days at the site of the Legacy Project and CAFB's demonstration garden
- service days at the food bank
- activities aimed at helping CAFB achieve sustainability goals, such as implementing industrial composting
- hosting workshops to assist CAFB's partner food banks green their facilities
Further information on these opportunities will be posted on the USGBC-NCR website as it becomes available. If you are interested in being part of the team planning these activities, please contact our Community Committee co-chairs, Corrie Weikle and Eric Harting.
About Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank sees access to nutritious food as a basic human right, and is committed to providing food distribution and support services. It serves over 500,000 people struggling with hunger in the DC metro region by acquiring food and distributing it through its network of nearly 450 partner agencies. It also works to educate, empower, and enlighten the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition.
For CAFB, environmental stewardship and resource conservation go hand in hand with this mission and are a part of its everyday practices. The food bank's warehouse in Northeast DC is certified LEED Silver EBOM and incorporates water and energy conservation strategies.
About the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project
Each year, the Greenbuild Host Committe selects a "Legacy Project," a permanent gift of education, service, and thanks to the city that hosts Greenbuild. This Legacy Project is intended to provide a significant contribution to greening the local area, while at the same time offering resource and learning opportunity to an underserved community. The project receives $10,000 of seed funding and a commitment of further support in the form of additional fundraising, materials, and volunteers.
Together with partners HKS Architects and Clark Construction, CAFB designed and submitted the urban food studio to the USGBC-NCR Host Committee as a potential Legacy Project. It was selected as the final project by popular vote at USGBC-NCR's annual Green Tie Affair. After breaking ground on the project in June, CAFB, USGBC-NCR, HKS, and Clark worked with a dedicated community of donors and volunteers to complete the studio in time for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony the Sunday before Greenbuild. The incredible contribution of local volunteers to this project was also recognized at the Greenbuild conference, where CAFB's urban food studio received the USGBC Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award.
Reflecting the missions of CAFB and USGBC, the studio incorporated reused and recycled materials, and demonstrates sustainable practices like rainwater harvesting. Pictures documenting the project's construction and volunteer activities are available here. You can also see the completed studio from the red line metro train if you look east while riding between the Brookland and Fort Totten stops!