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UDC Green Roof
Building 44, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
The University of the District of Columbia may be located in the District of Columbia (see: a city), but its College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences is preparing students to bring the traditionally rural practice of farming to urban centers. While its research farm in Beltsville is by far its largest training ground, UDC’s green roof on a building at its Van Ness campus is in some ways more important. It takes the sustainable techniques learned at the Maryland site and right-sizes them for an urban environment. Graduate students with Urban Agriculture and Urban Sustainability concentrations, as well as participants in the Master Gardener program offered by the Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education, use the green roof as a classroom and lab. It’s also the largest green roof in the District, paving the way for more green roofs that will produce more healthy food that can reach more people.