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Green Roof Tours in DC
September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), invites you to tour our Green Roof; hear more about sustainable agriculture from our Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Sandy Farber Bandier; and learn about green roof design from David Bell, of BELL Architects.
Our 20,000 square foot Green Roof is the food production site of the Van Ness Urban Food Hub. The roof showcases four types of production: (1) high-revenue plants (e.g., herbs, greens); (2) high-nutrition plants that can cover the entire range of dietary needs (e.g., tomatoes, peppers, chards, cabbages); (3) pollinator plants that ensure bee health in our urban environment; and (4) low-maintenance plants that help capture rain, reduce runoff, cool buildings in the summer, and provide insulation in the winter. In addition to food production, the Green Roof is also used to conduct research on plant varieties that thrive in roof environments.