Landgrant universities provide education 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. 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.
CAUSES research is primarily guided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)’s focus areas to: 1) improve food security; 2) mitigate climate change; 3) combat childhood obesity and other food related illness; 4) improve food safety; 5) improve water safety and management; and 6) expand alternative energy solutions. CAUSES administers three grant programs to support research by UDC personnel, the Consortium of Universities of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, and other groups working in these focal areas.
Through introducing and incorporating students into CAUSES research programs, students will learn to be: 1) global citizens committed to local relevance; 2) adept at solving urban problems; 3) committed to health and wellness and food and water security; 4) skilled at navigating diverse social, cultural, built, and natural environments; 5) independent thinkers and collaborative team players; and 6) adaptive lifelong learners.
Additionally, we will continue to promote environmental conservation, community engagement, and awareness of environmental, social, health, and agricultural issues. Residents of the District of Columbia will benefit from the results of our interdisciplinary research, education, and extension programs and UDC will be taking steps to achieve a greater harmony between agriculture and the environment.