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Tour: UDC Green Roof - A Living Laboratory

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Starts On - May 9, 2017 - 6:00pm
Ends On - May 9, 2017 - 8:00pm
4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington , DC 20008

Learn how the University of the District of Columbia's green roof is working to create healthier communities and environments in the region.

In 2015, the UDC Colleges of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences inaugurated a 20,000-square-foot green roof with the mission of teaching research based education to the community — but with an urban perspective. With the only exclusively urban land grant in the country, UDC's green roof not only promotes energy efficiency, showcases green infrastructure and promotes storm water runoff, but also produces food.

As people continue to move from rural to urban settings, it becomes increasingly important to address the needs of these communities and teach urban food production techniques with sustainable agriculture programs.

Presented by:

  • David Bell - Principal, BELL Architects
  • Susan Kliman - Chair and Program Director, UDC Department of Architecture and Urban Sustainability
  • Anne Lewis - Founder, City Wildlife

Organized by: AIA|DC Design + Wellbeing Committee and USGBC National Capital Region

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how the UDC's green roof combines architecture, science, and agriculture to address the needs of a healthy urban community;
  2. Explain green roof effects on storm water management, air quality, energy emissions, and ambient temperatures and how this improves the health of UDC campus and occupants;
  3. Identify the environmental conditions, such as climate and wildlife, affected by the improved architecture; and
  4. Explore new research by the Department of Architecture and Urban Sustainability in the living laboratory.


  • $10 for students & Assoc. AIA members
  • $15 for AIA, DAC, and USGBC National Capital Region members
  • $35 for non-members
  • Registration required.

Continuing education hours — This course has been approved for 2 GBCI CEUs (course number 0920012844 and 2 AIA HSW LUs. Please bring your GBCI and AIA numbers to the event. Also, please note you must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.