Sustainable Urban Planning Program Celebrates 10 year Anniversary

SUP anniversary photo collage with pictures of alumni and logo with reimagine and 10 year anniversary
March 10, 2021

Dulce Naime, SUP ’16, is changing the world one day at a time, shaping the future of parks and recreational spaces as a community planner at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

In celebration of star alumni like Naime, and our entire community of alumni change agents, we have launched an anniversary website commemorating 10 years of program excellence.

Dulce NaimeDulce Naime, SUP ’16, a community planner at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

For the past decade, the Sustainable Urban Planning Program (SUP) has provided emerging leaders from around the world with the tools to reimagine the communities of tomorrow. We challenged our students and alumni, the change agents of the future, to use their training, education and innovation to transform policies, systems and their communities.

Naime, a Venezuelan American architect, honed her expertise in architecture, cities and climate change at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank before following her passion for more inclusive and sustainable public spaces and parks. In her current role, she is leading the community conversation on the 20-year Master Plan Ready2Play. Naime has also actively involved GW’s SUP program in applied projects. Students had the opportunity to collaborate in various research and analysis projects for the District of Columbia Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2020 (DC SCORP 2020) and the Master Plan Ready2Play.  

"I am excited to reach this milestone, and reconnect with our alumni to see what they are doing. In celebration of our anniversary, we are collecting and sharing stories of our alumni, as well as hosting a series of virtual symposiums.”

Dr. Sandra Whitehead

Program Director

Meet More of Our Alumni:

Our alumni serve in a wide-range of positions that lead change like sustainability officer, directory of equity, community engagement manager and long-range planner. Our graduates are working in many top organizations, including think tanks, NGOs, local and regional governments, the federal government and in consulting.

Fjollë Caka, SUP ‘18

Fjolle Caka

Fjollë Caka, SUP ‘18, is changing the world one award at a time, most recently as a 2021 Climate Ambassador of the Global Youth Climate Network in Kosovo. In this role, she will raise awareness about climate change during a nine-month volunteer commitment to organize at least three climate-related actions in her community. She currently works as an urban planner at UN-Habitat and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Management. 

Allie Thompson, SUP '18

Allie Thompson

Allie Thompson, SUP '18, is changing the world one interview at a time. During her recent interview on The Climate Adaptation Channel, she shared her expertise as a project lead for The Climate Service, commenting on the evolving topic of climate risk. She introduced listeners to how The Climate Service helps clients understand their exposure to climate change, embeds climate risk into global decision-making and facilitates the world's transition to a lower-carbon economy.

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Visit the SUP anniversary website to learn more about our program, our alumni and upcoming events.

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