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The Federal Planning Agency for the Nation's Capital                                                                         September 2010


Next Commission Meeting

October 7, 2010  12:30 p.m.
Tentative Agenda available
 Friday, September 17
The New York Times
Live Chat on Activating
Federal Places! 
Can federal buildings contribute to vibrant neighborhoods? Join NCPC planners Shane Dettman and David Zaidain September 16 at 1:00 p.m. on Greater Greater Washington.
Learn more:
Activating Federal Places
Upcoming Events
Washington 2010 Citywide Preservation Conference
"Height Act: A History"
September 24 - 25 | Details

White House GreenGov Symposium
October 5 - 7 | Details
 GOVgreen Symposium
 November 9 - 10 | Details
NCPC Speaker Series
Beyond Granite - Global Approaches to Public Art, Placemaking, and
National Commemoration
December 8 | Details

Latest in the NCPC Cinema 

National Museum of African
 American History and Culture >>
ASLA - Coolidge High School >>

 Seven Minutes & Change >> 
Making Federal Agencies  Sustainable

October 5 will mark the one year anniversary of Executive Order 13514 establishing stringent sustainability goals for federal agencies. To commemorate the occasion, the White House recently published 58 federal agency strategic sustainability plans that detail how each agency is reducing energy, water, and waste. NCPC is doing its part to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by limiting resource consumption on site. Check out our plan, which was recently recognized in the Washington Post for its high ratio of employees who use public transit. Additionally, stay tuned for details regarding the next NCPC Speaker Series for an update on the Executive Order's impact one year later.
 NCPC Responds Favorably to Museum Concept Plans

National Museum of African American History and Culture

At its September 2010 meeting the NCPC provided favorable comments for concept plans for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The distinctive 315,000 square foot Smithsonian museum being designed by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup is planned for a five-acre site near Constitution Avenue and 14th Street, NW. The Commission commended the Smithsonian for its extensive coordination with NCPC staff and other stakeholder agencies and for incorporating changes into the museum's design that resulted in a better scaled museum, with improved access and better views of the Washington Monument.To learn more, watch our video.
Help Build Coolidge High's Greenhouse Gardens
The recent 2010 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting in Washington highlighted a local service project that many NCPC staff are supporting. Each year the local ASLA chapter picks a service Legacy Project to benefit the host city, and this year they chose Coolidge High School's Greenhouse Garden and Outdoor Classroom. A partnership among NCPC, the ASLA Potomac Chapter, Coolidge High School, and others, the project will develop a greenhouse garden and outdoor classroom.
On October 2, using materials donated by ASLA-member companies, community volunteers will install the school's greenhouse garden. For more information on volunteering for Coolidge High's Build-It Day, please contact James Proctor of the Coolidge High School Alumni Association.
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