CAUSES Five-Year Report
This report provides an overview of the accomplishments and services provided by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), of the University of the District of Columbia.

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Specialty Crop Block Grant

The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia is soliciting completed proposals for projects that specifically address the goals that the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service (“USDA/AMS”) has established for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – Farm Bill (SCBGP-FB).

State and/or local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations and non-profits, for profit organizations, and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply. The organizations must be legal entities recognized by the IRS and applicants must reside and/or conduct their business or organization in DC. Maryland and Virginia based applicants are eligible if the majority of their project activities occur in DC and benefit DC residents.

This Request for Proposal (“RFP”) was prepared in accordance with rules and regulations developed by the funding agency, the USDA/AMS.

Proposals must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word to More information and proposal guidelines are provided here.

Monday, March 16, 2020
11:59 p.m.

2020 Requests for Proposals

Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education
Grant Programs
2015 Research Farm Annual Report [Download PDF]
2014 Research Farm Annual Report [Download PDF]


Center for Sustainable Development
UDC Farmers Market Economic Contribution [Download PDF]
Urban Food Production Workshop Summary [Download PDF]


Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health
Research and Experiential Learning [Download PDF]


Architectural Research Institute
2015 Annual Report [Download PDF]
2013 Annual Report [Download PDF]
2012 Annual Report [Download PDF]
2011 Annual Report [Download PDF]


Center for 4-H and Youth Development
UDC 4-H Soccer Program Report [Download PDF]
2013 Research [Download PDF]


Research Staff

Dr. Sabine O’Hara
Dr. Sabine O'Hara

Dr. Sabine O’Hara is Dean of CAUSES and Land-grant Programs. As Dean of CAUSES, she is responsible for academic, research and community outreach programs in the tradition of the land-grant university, and is leading UDC’s efforts to building a cutting-edge model for Urban Agriculture that improves the quality of life and economic opportunity for urban populations. O’Hara is a respected author, researcher and higher education executive and is well known for her expertise in global education, executive leadership, sustainable economic development, community-based approaches to economic development, ecological and agricultural economics, stakeholder-based assessment, discourse-based valuation, economic development, and its social/cultural and environmental context. Experienced in sustainable economic development, global education and executive leadership, she has experience in virtually every aspect of higher education administration including curriculum development, strategic planning, program accreditation, international partnerships and research collaborations. A strong advocate of higher education, O’Hara believes that education cannot merely provide answers to our questions, but must also question our answers.

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Dr. Dwane Jones

Dr. Dwane JonesDwane Jones is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience and co-Director of the Center for Architectural Innovation and Building Science at UDC. His research interests include environment + behavior, green infrastructure, sustainability + resilience and the built environment.

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Dr. Matthew Richardson

Dr. Matthew RichardsonMatthew Richardson is the Assistant Director of Urban Agriculture Research and Coordinator of the Professional Science Masters in Urban Agriculture at UDC.  His research interests include improving urban agricultural production systems, identifying high-value crops that are adapted to urban heat islands, quantifying differences in a crop’s nutrients across different production systems, and understanding human knowledge about natural resources, climate change, food production, and nutrition and the effectiveness of interventions.

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Dr. Tia Jeffrey

Dr. Tia JeffreyDr. Tia Jeffery is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and the Project Specialist for Nutrition and Wellness in the Center for Nutrition, Diet, and Health. In addition, she teaches in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. Her research interests include nutrition/physical activity-based interventions and social determinants to address the health disparities of chronic diseases, community-based health promotion, and sports nutrition.






Caroline Howe

Caroline HoweCaroline Howe is the Project Specialist for Sustainability Innovation & Urban Resilience in the Center for Sustainable Development & Resilience. She brings a background in waste, energy, food and agricultural entrepreneurship, as well as degrees in urban planning and mechanical engineering. Her classes include Sustainability Entrepreneurship (ENSC595) open to cross-registration for all masters students at UDC. Her research interests include the role of entrepreneurship to tackle environmental, social and municipal challenges; environmental and health impacts of waste and waste management; environmental justice and food access; and decentralizing access to key infrastructure for entrepreneurship.




Dr. Brunno Cerozi

Bruno CeroziBrunno Cerozi is the Project Specialist for Urban Agriculture at the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education at UDC. His research interests include nutrient dynamics in integrated food production systems, sustainable food production, phosphorus use efficiency, multiple use of water in food production, aquaponics, aquaculture, and hydroponics.





Experiential Learning Strategies

There are three key strategies through which Experiential Learning comes to life in CAUSES: (1) internships, (2) embedded service learning experiences, and (3) applied research.

CAUSES offers five undergraduate and five graduate academic programs. They are:

Undergraduate Programs: Graduate Programs:
Architecture Architecture
Urban Sustainability PSM – Urban Sustainability
Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition and Dietetics
Nursing (RN to BSN) PSM – Water Resource Management
Health Education PSM – Urban Agriculture


The college also contributes to the General Education Program of the University, and particularly to the Discovery Science and Frontier Capstone course offerings. These general education courses stress Urban Sustainability and Sustainability Literacy and are taught by both faculty and landgrant specialists.