WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 8, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), broke ground this week on the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy project, a new urban food studio designed to help underserved members of the Greater Washington D.C. area.
The CAFB project was chosen by the Greenbuild Host Committee, led by the USGBC National Capitol Region (NCR), as a finalist for this year’s Legacy Project. The legacy project is an annual permanent gift of education, service and thanks to the city that hosts Greenbuild, the world’s largest annual green building conference and expo, which will be held in Washington, D.C. Nov. 18-20, 2015. The project proposal was co-submitted by CAFB and the project team, HKS Architects, Inc. and Clark Construction Group. There were 12 initial project submittals, and this urban food project won a popular vote at USGBC National Capitol Region Chapter’s annual Green Tie Affair, a 500-person kick-off event on the road to Greenbuild that took place in February.
“Hosting Greenbuild in Washington, D.C. is bringing the green building movement home for us,” said Chris Ashworth, Board Chair, USGBC-NCR. “As USGBC celebrates bringing our industry together, we are thankful for the incredible opportunity to partner with CAFB to create a lasting space that will help us give back to our local community.”
The new food studio, which is set for completion this fall, will be part of CAFB’s educational demonstration garden and will provide an all-season space for growing food, cooking classes, workshops and other events.
“The Capital Area Food Bank is a next generation food bank, because we are committed to providing access to not just food, but healthy, fresh food. Our outdoor classroom will expand our capacity to teach food growing and cooking,” said Nancy Roman, CEO, CAFB.
CAFB serves more than 500,000 people struggling with hunger in the DC metro region. USGBC’s contribution to this project comes in the form of $10,000 of seed funding and a commitment of providing further support in additional fundraising, materials and volunteers. More information about this year’s legacy project, including sponsorship opportunities, can be found at usgbcncr.org/greenbuild/legacy-project.
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