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Date of Publication: 
08/22/2014

UDC to Launch Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program. With the global population projected to increase to nine billion by 2050, and 70 percent of whom are expected to live in urban areas, building capacity to feed the world remains a top priority. The District of Columbia continues to experience high growth as well. In response to this growing need, the certificate program will address urban agriculture, urban food production and urban agribusiness, and sustainable design for urban agriculture.

As the only urban landgrant university in the U.S., UDC is uniquely positioned as a world-leader in the urban agriculture movement through our research, academic and outreach programs. We offer cutting edge academic programs in environmental science, urban sustainability, water resources management, nutrition and dietetics, urban architecture and community planning. As a landgrant, CAUSES also offers a wide range of programs that serve individuals and organizations in our community and beyond, focusing on improving economic conditions, social and cultural circumstances, and the health of people and their living environments.

“We use the research conducted at our farm and landgrant centers to develop community education programs that help people translate what we do, to their own neighborhoods and households,” explains Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Dean of CAUSES. “By offering this certificate program, we are teaching people not only how to grow their own fresh food, but how to turn that knowledge into a viable business opportunity for their local communities.”

Each certificate program consists of three to five weeks of classes. Classes will meet up to twice per week on evenings and some weekends, for a total of 15 contact hours per class. While the courses are non-credit bearing, a certificate of completion will be issued at the successful completion of each class. Classes will primarily meet at the UDC Van Ness campus, and occasionally at the UDC Research Farm in Beltsville, Maryland, and other program sites throughout the District. More information is available here.

To receive a certificate in Sustainable Urban Agriculture, participants will pay a one-time fee of $100. If a participant wishes to take individual classes, the cost is $40 per class. Payment will be made at the time of the first class, by check, if participating in the entire certificate program or an individual class.

For information on registration, call (202) 274-7011 or email arielle.gerstein@udc.edu with the certificate program or individual classes you are interested in taking. For more information on the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia, please visit www.udc.edu/causes.  


About the University of the District of Columbia
An HBCU, urban land-grant, and the only public university in the nation's capital, The University of the District of Columbia is committed to a broad mission of education, research and community service.  Established by abolitionist Myrtilla Miner in 1851, the University of DC offers Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees and a host of workplace development services designed to create opportunities for student success.  The University is comprised of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental SciencesCollege of Arts and Sciences,  School of Business and Public AdministrationSchool of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a Community College and the David A. Clarke School of Law. To learn more, visit www.udc.edu.The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University's EO Policy Statement, please visit: http://www.udc.edu/equal_opportunity.The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - 3624 Market Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104 - 267.284.5000.