Dean’s Welcome

Healthy Cities – Healthy People

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is an urban land grant university that offers associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs, certificate programs and community outreach programs to learners of all ages. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land-grant tradition of UDC. We offer cutting edge academic programs in urban sustainability, water resources management, nutrition and dietetics, urban architecture and community planning. We also offer a wide range of programs that serve individuals and organizations in our community and beyond.

Making a Difference

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. We offer a wide range of research programs through the Water Resources Institute, the Agricultural Experiment Station, the 143-acre Muirkirk Research Farm, and the Architecture Research Institute. We also offer community outreach programs for all ages through 4-H and the Center for Youth Development, the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health, and the Center for Sustainability.

Knowledge for a Lifetime

We are deeply committed to being relevant to the residents of the District of Columbia. Given our three-pronged approach of teaching, research and community outreach, we seek to make a measurable, positive difference in the lives of people right where they live and work. As a result, our programs focus on improving economic conditions, social and cultural circumstances, and the health of people and their living environments. Yet our community-based programs are more than local. They also serve as model for relevant learning far beyond our region.

Preparation for a Global Marketplace

CAUSES programs recognize that, like ecosystems, we are connected to people and places right here in our own neighborhoods and to those half way 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 principals to all of our programs including our Master’s and Bachelor’s degree programs, professional development certificates and community outreach and youth programs.

The faculty and staff of CAUSES look forward to discussing with you how our programs and initiatives can best serve you. Please contact us at 202.274.7124or at

Best regards,

Sabine O’Hara
Dean of CAUSES

Dean Sabine O'Hara
Sabine O’Hara, Dean of CAUSES
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