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Landgrant Research

Landgrant universities provide education both on campuses and in their communities. Housed under the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, our landgrant centers are tasked with enhancing the quality of life of an urban society, goals were established to align with the strategic goals set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide our researchers and staff with direction and specificity, while fostering creativity, teamwork and perseverance. Learn more about CAUSES research:

Our Landgrant Centers consist of: (1) the Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education, (2) the Center for Sustainable Development which includes the Water Resources Research Institute, (3) the Center for Nutrition Diet & Health which includes the Institute of Gerontology, (4) the Center for 4H & Youth Development and (5) the Architectural Research Institute. As set by the USDA, their goals are to:

  1. Expand and promote research activities in the fields of nutrition and health, urban food production, food safety, resource conservation, urban architectural design, urban gardening, sustainable agriculture, environmental issues, climate change and renewable energy.
  2. Expand sustainable Agricultural Experiment Station/Cooperative Extension Service integrated projects.
  3. Develop analytical techniques and cost effective mitigation strategies to reduce environmental pollutants and contaminants.
  4. Expand Develop projects that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness in the use of natural resources that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the District of Columbia.
  5. Conduct research related to food and nutrition in order to address health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, aging and other related diseases.
  6. Promote sustainable neighborhoods and healthy urban environments.

Additionally, we will continue to promote environmental conservation, community engagement and awareness. As these goals are met, residents of the District of Columbia will benefit from the results of our interdisciplinary research, education, and extension programs and the University will be steps closer to achieving a greater harmony between agriculture and the environment.

College of Urban Agriculture and Environmental Studies (CAUSES)

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director

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