Council of Governments Presents NCPC
with Partnership Award
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) presented NCPC with its Regional Partnership Award at its annual membership meeting on December 9. MWCOG leaders recognized NCPC for its ongoing efforts to build a strong federal/regional partnership. In particular, the metropolitan planning organization noted NCPC's role in bringing together senior White House officials, federal agency representatives, and regional leaders to talk about ways to partner on issues of importance to the National Capital Region.
National Museum of African American
History Moves Forward
On December 10, the Smithsonian Institution and NCPC co-hosted a public scoping meeting on the proposed construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The meeting, held in the Smithsonian Castle, provided an opportunity for members of the public to comment on the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The new museum will be built on the National Mall on a five-acre site near the Washington Monument at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.
Watch our video for more on the design of this project.
Agency Gets in Line with
Administration's Sustainability Goals
Per Executive Order 13514, federal agencies must take active steps to reduce their level of greenhouse gases and employ more sustainable practices in the very near future. NCPC is responding by leading the 10th Street Corridor EcoDistrict Study, which will create a plan for a federal precinct in Southwest Washington that captures, manages, and reuses energy, water and waste on site. NCPC's EcoDistrict will show how a community comprised of federal buildings, related public infrastructure,
and open space can function together as an environmentally low-impact
unit. Look for more details in the coming months. ___________________________________________________________
CityVision Gears Up for Big Finish
Students from three District high schools are nearing the home stretch of this semester's CityVision program, an award-winning project sponsored by the National Building Museum. During the fall curriculum, NCPC staff and other design professionals
mentored students as they designed concept plans for
three precincts near the White House.
Their goal is to recommend ways to make the open spaces near the People's House more inviting and accessible. In recognition of their work, the students were invited to tour the White House in late November. The program culminates on January 8, when students will publicly present their plans before an awards panel in the Great Hall of the Museum. Visit the Museum's site for more details on this exciting event.