The Studio DC program received a $20,000 Community Stormwater Solutions Grant from DOEE, to conduct a 10-week environmental education program that would teach high school students how to develop design solutions to some of the DC-area's most pressing stormwater issues. The students were tasked with addressing stormwater and water quality issues in the students' neighborhoods, which are located in some of the most polluted watersheds in the city according to DOEE. For 10-weeks we exposed this bright group of young people to the principles of green infrastructure, sustainable design, community engagement, and landscape architecture. Within these few short weeks, these brilliant students developed a comprehensive landscape plan that included much-needed community amenities and green infrastructure strategies to capture and clean the stormwater on their perspective sites. The grant not only funded the execution of the program but it also allowed us to pay these students for their time and dedication.
Where: Washington, D.C.
Project Team: Kendra Hyson and Maisie Hughes
Partner: Department of Energy and Environment
Timeline: May 2019- December 2019