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Innovation & Design: Vertical Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems

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USDA South Building

Thomas Jefferson Auditorium

1398 Independence Ave. S.W.

Washington, D.C 20250

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To view the agenda and read about our speakers, visit us at: https://www.ree.usda.gov/2018_Vertical_Ag_Workshop

As the global population grows, so too does food demand as well as constraints on land and natural resources. By the year 2050, the world’s population will approach 10 billion people, and at least 2 out of 3 people will live in urban centers.With this increased urbanization comes the unique opportunity to develop engineering and agricultural innovations within urban systems that sustainably stimulate growth to help meet future needs.

Vertical agriculture operations could augment production while offering lower emissions, higher-nutrient produce, and reduced water usage and runoff. And placing vertical farms in the context of a renewable urban ecosystem - where one industry’s waste is another’s raw material - could stimulate sustainable economic growth.

At this free workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, representatives from the public and private sectors will identify and discuss challenges, opportunities and possibilities associated with vertical agriculture and sustainable urban ecosystems. Information on featured speakers can be found on the back page of this brochure.

The public may attend all morning programs, but your RSVP is required. For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Federman at Sarah.Federman@osec.usda.gov or David Babson at David.Babson@osec.usda.gov.


FAQs:

Is this event ADA accessible?

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, USDA will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. Direct accommodation requests to Sarah Federman at Sarah.Federman@osec.usda.gov or David Babson at David.Babson@osec.usda.gov.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no age requirements. When you enter the building, you must show a recent photo ID, such as a driver’s license, and any materials you bring (purse, bag, etc) will be screened. The security personnel will have a list of registered attendees and you should identify that you are here for the Vertical Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems workshop in the Jefferson Auditorium. You will receive a restricted building pass for the day, which includes access to the USDA Cafeteria. You must wear the building pass at all times, and if you exit for any reason, you will be rescreened upon reentry into the building.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking in this area is limited to two-hour meters surrounding the building – there are no public lots nearby. Metro The USDA building is conveniently located above the Metro (Blue and Orange lines) at the Smithsonian stop.

How do I get to the Jefferson Auditorium?

Once you reach the USDA South Building (1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.), travel along Independence Avenue to the last entrance (Visitors entrance - Wing 3) to the building. This is where you will enter. When you enter the building, you must show a recent photo ID, such as a driver’s license, and any materials you bring (purse, bag, etc) will be screened. The security personnel will have a list of registered attendees and you should identify that you are here for the Vertical Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems workshop in the Jefferson Auditorium. You will receive a restricted building pass for the day, which includes access to the USDA Cafeteria. You must wear the building pass at all times, and if you exit for any reason, you will be rescreened upon reentry into the building.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Federman at Sarah.Federman@osec.usda.gov or David Babson at David.Babson@osec.usda.gov.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but you must bring a recent photo ID.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. This event is open to the public, but you must RSVP to get your name on the list in order to pass through security.

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