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Verizon Awards $25,000 Grant to CAUSES for Innovative Garden Project

This project will create a teaching garden and three gardens of the senses on the UDC Van Ness Campus: a garden of colors and sites; a garden of smells and scents; and a garden of the touches. The Gardens will serve a destination sites for DC schools.  Each garden will hosts different plants that can be smelled and touched and that serve as visual and astatic stimulant. The gardens will be maintained by University of the District of Columbia (UDC) students with assistance of faculty and staff mentors. The students will in turn serve as mentors to area school children from elementary, middle and high schools. The wide variety of plants in the gardens will also serve as research sites to investigate different plant qualities. The four garden spaces will therefore make a significant contribution to the environmental literacy goal of the Sustainable DC Initiative of DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at UDC, offers research based academic and community outreach programs that improve the quality of life of people and communities in the District of Columbia and beyond. As the only public university in the District of Columbia, UDC serves a highly diverse and frequently underserved student population. Sixty-five percent of UDC students are local, forty-five percent are African American, fifteen percent are international students, and over ninety-five percent have high financial need and are PELL grant eligible.

The Land-Grant and Community Outreach programs offered by CAUSES are organized in five centers:            

  1. The Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education
  2. The Center for Sustainable Development, and houses the Water Resources Research    Institute
  3. The Center for Nutrition, Diet, and Health, and houses the Institute for Gerontology
  4. The Center for Family and Youth Development
  5. the Architectural Research Institute.

Collectively, the CAUSES land-grant centers offered 10,260 workshops and demonstrations attracting 186,000 participants in 2011, with CNDH constituting by far the largest number of programs.