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Environment and Urban Sustainability

Immersive Experience

Have you ever wondered how community organizations and policy makers are promoting changes to protect the environment? If so, come learn about your personal environmental footprint and how air and water pollution affects multiple D.C. communities through this student led program.Check out the itinerary below!

 Contact or call 202-885-3593 with questions about this program. Click here to view the itinerary

Service Experience

As defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Arcadia Farms, National Arboretum and the Anacostia Watershed are examples of organizations AU students have served and learned from. You will engage in the fight for environmental justice by harvesting plants in urban gardens, support a local farmers market and protect our beautiful national parks against invasive species. Questions about joining us through service? Contact (202)885-1553 or
Green DC

Rock Creek Park covers more than 2,000 acres of DC, and presidents from John Quincy to Teddy Roosevelt have spent time wondering its wooded paths and trails. The Green DC program will introduce you to green spaces of DC, from the Anacostia River to the gardens of our very own campus while exploring challenges and solutions of sustainability, social justice, and urban agriculture unique to DC. Be ready to walk in the woods, paddle the gentle river, and marvel at the innovation of green design.

Minds of AU: Creating Just Communities through Ecotherapy

Come explore the intersection between the outdoors and city life! We will be travelling from Theodore Roosevelt Island, the United States Botanical Garden, and more. If you are interested in exploring mindfulness, urban community agriculture, and the ways that our environment and community influences the people we become, then this is the right opportunity for you. This is a "hands in the dirt" experience designed to nourish you and your connection to the DC community. Also, be prepared for A LOT of walking and being in the OUTDOORS!

Sights and Bikes

See the sights of Washington and Virginia from an outdoor perspective and learn how bicycles have shaped social justice throughout history.  Hop on a bike and travel down the National Mall to the Mt. VernonTrail, all while seeing picturesque spots of our nation's capital.  Take the trail all the way to Old Town Alexandria where you'll enjoy a nice lunch in one of Virginia's oldest towns.  Then hop back on your bike and travel back to Union Station. **This program has reached capacity and is closed**

***This is a strenuous 20 mile bike ride to and from Old Town Virginia.  Please take into account the physical requirements of this program when choosing to participate in this tour.**

Fit in the City

Discover ways to be a healthier you!  Whether it is on land or in the water, there are many ways to stay fit in the city.  Join us as we enjoy the city though hiking, yoga, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding! **This program has reached capacity and is closed**

***Please take into account the physical requirements of this program when choosing to participate.***