Ashley Milton, PhD.

Dr. Ashley Milton is an environmental science and policy expert who conducts bi-continental collaborative research in forest ecosystems. Dr. Milton’s research interests include valuation, benefit transfer, the ecology of deforestation and the links to human health, and conservation of biodiversity. Most recently, Dr. Milton spent numerous field seasons assessing vulnerability and adaptation in the Congo Basin on forest cover, climate change, community forestry, and public health. Her research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of food insecurity as a major driver of deforestation; and has identified economic mechanisms for valuating ecosystem services for the benefit of local communities under the UNREDD program. Dr. Milton’s domestic and international experience brings applied solutions to ecological health issues accomplished through trans-disciplinary teams, innovative research, scientific excellence, and long-term monitoring solutions.At George Mason University Dr. Milton was the sustainability coordinator. In this position she increased synergy between the provost of Academic Affairs, student life, and campus facilities by directing students in grant writing for green infrastructure projects on campus. She has taught courses in sustainable development, environmental health, and research methods. Dr. Milton has previously worked at USAID, US Department of State, and conservation organizations. Dr. Milton has developed partnerships with local leaders and organizations at the national and international level in order to provide specific technical expertise at the science-policy-interface.Currently, Dr. Milton is the Environmental and Public Health specialist in the Center for Sustainable Development, which is apart of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). In this capacity Dr. Milton is responsible for teaching academic course in in CAUSES, extension activities, and urban forestry research for this District. She currently serves as the point of contact for UDCs roll in the 11th Street Bridge Park program of constructing urban farms throughout the city.

Not Your Average Community Garden

A good community garden is a space that nurtures hope, natural abundance, and growth, and eventually moves beyond food and into the realm of relationship-building that can help sustain healthy communities.