College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences


Anacostia River Festival - April 12

UDC 4-H to Host LifeSmarts Competition March 13

UDC to Host 2015 Water Resources Symposium

DC Student Energy Audit Competition

Architecture program on path to accreditation

Led by Dean Sabine O'Hara, the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land-grant tradition of UDC, offering innovative academic and community education programs. In addition to offering academic programs in architecture and community development, environmental science and urban sustainability, health education, nursing, and nutrition and dietetics, we also offer a wide range of community education programs through our land-grant centers (1) the Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education, (2) the Center for Sustainable Development which includes the Water Resources Management 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.

The community is our classroom. This means that what we teach is steeped not only in sound theory, but also in the knowledge we draw from the community and region around us. CAUSES programs recognize that, like ecosystems, we are connected to people and places right here in our own neighborhoods and to those halfway around the world. Pollution travels, resources are not always consumed where they are generated, and job markets are increasingly global and knowledge-based. Given these realities, we aspire to teach you to think in systems, work in diverse teams, and focus on connectivity and innovation.

We apply these principles to all of our programs, including Master's and Bachelor's degree programs, professional development certificates, and community outreach and youth programs. We look forward to serving you.

Our Mission The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia offers research-based academic and community outreach programs that improve the quality of life and economic opportunity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation and the world.

Our Vision The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia will be a world leader in designing and implementing top quality, research-based academic and community outreach programs that measurably improve the quality of life and economic prosperity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation, and the world.

Our Aspiration for CAUSES Graduates CAUSES graduates are well-prepared to succeed in their chosen field of study, having accumulated distinctive attributes and competencies: 

  1. Global citizens committed to local relevance.
  2. Adept at solving urban problems.
  3. Committed to health & wellness and food & water security.
  4. Skilled at navigating diverse social, cultural, built and natural environments.
  5. Independent thinkers and collaborative team players.
  6. Adaptive lifelong learners.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alter-native means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action institution. The University prohibits discrimination or harassment against any person on the basis of the actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of intra-family offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. This policy covers all programs, services policies, and procedures of the University, including admission to educational programs and employment. The University emphasizes the recruitment of minorities, women, disabled individuals, disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans, and other eligible veterans.


College of Urban Agriculture and Environmental Studies (CAUSES)

CAUSES Academic Programs

Environmental Science and Urban Sustainability – Tom Kakovitch, Program Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director
Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Ralph Belton, 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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