Since 2017, we have been working with AGU in Dupont Circle to turn their outdoor plaza space into a nature sacred green space that includes stormwater retention and reduces urban heat, while simultaneously creating an inviting space for people to reflect with nature. AGU’s mission is highly aligned with Nature Sacred and TNC. The organization has expressed great interest in working with us to modify their plans to incorporate our collective vision in this space. AGU’s key goals include:
Leading by example and striving to become the first-ever “net zero” renovation of an existing building in the District, thus catalyzing the incorporation of similar approaches and designs into new and existing facilities throughout the city and beyond.
Developing a 21st century work space that utilizes technologies and flexible design to foster a healthy and collaborative work environment with an emphasis on well-being for staff and building tenants.
Raising the visibility of AGU, their members and their science, and be an amenity to both the Earth and space science community and their neighbors in the Washington, DC region.
AGU has already completed several stakeholder engagement and charrette meetings for their site allowing us to build upon what has already been done to incorporate a design that includes nature-based solutions and human interaction.
Because some of these sites are at different phases of development we propose that resources provided by Nature Sacred will be fungible and allocated for the areas of most need at each site. For example, since AGU has already undertaken charrette meetings, grant funds could be most useful if they are allocated for design and construction of the site.