Established in 2010, the Center for Green Urbanism (CGU) is a 3,200-square foot facility located in Washington, DC’s Ward 7 on the edge of Fort Mahan Park, a national park site and gateway to the Fort Circle Park Trail. The mission of CGU is to create a business-friendly environment that provides small to midsize businesses with affordable office space and services in a sustainable and energy-efficient “green” demonstration facility. CGU is the brainchild of environmentalist and photographer, Zandra Chestnut, along with husband, Dennis Chestnut, a Washington, DC community leader and Executive Director of Groundwork Anacostia River, DC.
What’s CGU all about?
An Environmental Model
· Powered with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting and appliances and solar shade window treatments
· Purified drinking water system and other water-saving devices
· Eco-friendly interior design ( windows and wall coverings) by Design Scheme Interiors
· Aggressive recycling and reuse practices
A Business Incubator
· Offering short and long-term office space for small to mid-size organizations and start-ups
· Spacious conference room and event space with a 120 person capacity
· Wireless Internet
· Network fax and copy machine
A Fusion Between Green Urbanism and Art
· Home of the Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery, named after Harriett Tubman and Dennis Mahan
· Year-round art exhibits, many focusing on Sustainable Art projects.