SEA Fall 2017 Schedule

Theme: Sustainable DC, Sustainable YOU!

There is an exciting plan underway right here in DC and it affects every single one of us. It’s called the “Sustainable DC Plan.” According to the plan, “Sustainable DC is a District Government-led plan to make the city the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States. It is a citywide initiative crafted for and by the city’s diverse community with the ultimate goal of making DC more socially equitable, environmentally responsive, and economically prosperous.” The plan’s stated goal is that “by 2032, the District will be the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation by using sustainability solutions to address core challenges.”

This year, SEA will learn about the main areas of the plan, including Health & Wellness, Jobs & the Economy, Equity & Diversity, Climate & Environment, Built Environment, Nature, Transportation, Energy, Food, Waste, and Water. We will learn about what organizations, schools, and agencies are doing to support the plan and what we can do to implement the plan in our own homes, schools, and neighborhoods!

For a summary of the Sustainable DC Plan and actions, please visit:

Click here to download the Fall 2017 Information Form and Application.






Participate in introductions, a discussion on expectations and our theme, team building activities, and a sustainability tour of Canal Park with the DOEE’s Chief of Sustainability and Equity. Learn how you can be a part of the Sustainable DC Plan and make a difference in your home, school, and community!

Canal Park, DC


Take a boat tour of the Anacostia River and learn how the Sustainable DC Plan helps the river and its inhabitants. Help collect native seeds in meadows by the river and near the Bladensburg Wetland. The seeds will be used later in meadow restoration work in the Anacostia Watershed.

Bladensburg Waterfront Park & Anacostia River, MD


Tour and learn about THEARC Farm in DC’s Ward 8. See how it supports Sustainable DC & You by growing healthy food for local residents, providing training for urban gardeners, and educating the community on nutrition and healthy living. Have fun harvesting, cooking, planting, composting, and doing art at THEARC!



Visit Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS – Washington, DC’s first “green” public charter school. Learn about and see up-close some of the elements that make this school a leader in sustainability, like bringing nature into the curriculum, taking students outside often, investigating renewable sources of energy, reducing waste through composting and recycling efforts, etc. After taking a tour, get your hands dirty and help at their garden build day!

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, DC


Bike on the canal path and see the fall foliage in C&O National Historical Park. We’ll focus on two areas of the Sustainable DC Plan in this session: 1) Health & Wellness and 2) Transportation. Physical activity, like biking, is vital to a healthy lifestyle and choosing transportation options like biking, walking, and taking public transit are environment and climate-friendly.

C&O National Historical Park, MD


Tour the Prince George's County Organics Composting Facility to see how they are helping to address the topic of Waste in the Sustainable DC Plan. The facility reuses and recycles organic waste collected around the region. Learn about two compost methods, various feed stocks for composting and how they are used, and the different phases that organic material transitions through from raw feed stocks to finished compost.

Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility, MD


SEA Overnight Trip
Take an overnight trip to the Living Classroom’s Camp Fraser and focus on the areas of Nature and Water in the Sustainable DC Plan. Participate in a hike, a low ropes challenge course, a climbing wall, water quality testing of the stream, a campfire, and more!

Camp Fraser, VA


Visit Community Forklift, an internationally-known non-profit and reuse warehouse that offers a green business model promoting sustainable development. Learn how they're turning the construction waste stream into a resource stream that supports our community. Play a game to learn about the efficiency of reuse vs. demolition. Just like living things, the products we use to build and maintain our homes have a life cycle; every part of our homes is grown or mined, manufactured, transported, and sold, and eventually discarded. Learn how the Forklift's work extends these life cycles to save your family’s money and save our natural resources.

Family members, please join your child for this final fall session to learn more about our theme and Community Forklift!

Community Forklift, MD



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