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UDC Budget Pressures Threaten Environmental Science Programs!

Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 12:22:07 PM EST

by Joe Libertelli, University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

DCEN Invites All Metro-Based Environmentalists and Others to Our Monthly Brown-Bag Discussion & Networking Opportunity!

UDC Discussion Graphic

A Call to Action from Joe Libertelli:

Dear Friends,

We need your help!  The UDC Environmental Science undergraduate major, an integral part of the exciting new UDC College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), is facing the budget axe.   See Washington Post article HERE.

screen capture of quote 2To learn more about CAUSES, click HERE.  To read the bio of Dean Sabine O’Hara, click HERE.  We think you will be impressed!

As you may know, UDC as a whole is under tremendous budget pressure.  After years of not-so-benign neglect, the District budget ax has fallen hard – our own local “Sequester” on steroids.  UDC programs and majors that are considered under-enrolled and not currently cost effective are in jeopardy.  This is the case with the UDC Environmental Sciences undergraduate major.

However, given the dramatically increasing need for environmental science, particularly in an urban context, rather than cutting this major, we should be rallying to build it.  Please join us, therefore, not only in urging University and District leaders to maintain and build the environmental sciences program, but also in pledging our assistance!

Here’s what we can do:

Attend the meeting on December 5th, RSVP HERE;
Commit to “spreading the word” about the exciting green programming at UDC and, in particular, about the Environmental Science major;
Commit to working with CAUSES to identify internship placement opportunities for UDC students in your own and other organizations, businesses or agencies;
Commit to helping to publicize the many important green educational and community building events that take place at UDC each year;
Commit to working with CAUSES to identify grant and other funding opportunities.

With your help, we can turn this crisis into opportunity – for both the DC environmental community and the University of the District of Columbia!

Thank you for your consideration,

Joe Libertelli

Joe Libertelli is an environmental and social justice activist. He is the Alumni Director at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, a public interest law school.  He co-founded and served as Director of the Metro DC Environmental Network from 1990-1997

All are welcome! RSVP HERE.


Drink to the Arts and the Environment!

Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 02:36:56 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

Day Eight Support Letter WEBSITE

DC Environmental Network:

Over the last year Day Eight and the DC Environmental Network have been convening discussions to figure out how we might find a shared mission and focus to develop an innovative nexus between the arts and environmental advocacy. A connection that we believe can feed new energy into our movement to help save our communities and the broader planet from ongoing environmental degradation. To learn more about Day Eight check out

To begin this process we thought it might be good to start bringing a little resources into the picture and to celebrate the beginning of this new partnership. Come have a drink to support us Friday November 15th, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur Street NW. All are welcome!

Buy your tickets here!Petworth Citizen B

– $15 donation: includes admission and one drink ticket
– $25 donation: admission for two and two drink tickets
– $50 donation: admission for two and five drink tickets
– $100 donation: admission for two and five drink tickets and a copy of the book Bourgeon signed by the editor

In the coming year Day Eight will launch a new project to connect the arts and the environment in partnership with the DC Environmental Network. Your donations are crucial to help us get this project started!

Click here to purchase your tickets from Day Eight to attend this event.

Just to give you a sense of recent accomplishments of our new partner Day Eight:

– Completed the third year of their DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge, a competition to identify and support talented young arts writers. Judges for the third annual competition included Philip Kennicott (Washington Post culture critic, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for criticism)

– Published a book of arts writing. Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center said: “Bourgeon takes you on a fascinating journey through the minds of dozens of artists… I highly recommend it.”

I am very proud and inspired by the work of our new partners. We’d love to have you join us and be on the ground floor of this new beginning!

Let me know you are coming.


Chris Weiss
Executive Director
DC Environmental Network