WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia women's lacrosse team completed a volunteer service project involving work on the UDC Campus Green Roof located atop Building 44 on the Van Ness Campus on the morning of Monday, September 25th.
Director of Athletics and Interim Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Patricia Thomas and the entire roster of 14 student-athletes battled early morning high temperatures and humidity to partner with Amanda Tai, Assessment and Volunteer Coordinator for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) and shear dead branches from the pollinator garden as well as harvest hot cherry peppers, eggplants and hydroponically-grown lettuce.
"This community service project was a great learning experience for the student-athletes that they thoroughly enjoyed while also bonding over serving their community in a very meaningful way," Thomas said.
The UDC Women's Lacrosse program has a proud history of excellence in community service, having won the athletic department's last three Competition Cup honors, which are awarded based on academic performance, attendance at other UDC teams' sporting events, and community service.
Women's Lacrosse is the 3rd different Athletics Department-sponsored group to partner with CAUSES on a campus garden clean-up effort, with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee volunteering on the campus green roof in October 2015 and the men's soccer team completing work on the UDC "Garden of Senses" behind the Library on the Van Ness campus in April 2016.
"We greatly appreciate student engagement in our community projects and especially in our urban food hub sites," Tai said. "As the University's landgrant college, we know how valuable community engagement is both for our students and for the DC Community."
About the UDC Campus Green Roof and Rooftop Food Production
As the world's population increases and people continue to leave rural life for city life, it is of utmost importance to meet the needs of urban areas. Many of the urban food production techniques taught at the farm as part of our Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program are replicated on the roof. In 2015, CAUSES inaugurated a 20,000 square foot green roof on top of Building 44 on the Van Ness campus. Green roofs promote energy efficiency, helping to cool buildings and reduce stormwater runoff. Also a showcase for green infrastructure, a stormwater harvesting system has been installed to collect rainwater in two 500-gallon cisterns. The system is designed to capture water which is then circulated through hoses embedded throughout the rooftop, embedded in the plant boxes and beds. In addition to the outside green space, the roof includes a greenhouse and classroom for research purposes.