ISEE 2016 is a joint effort between the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES).

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UDC College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences



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 their classroom. This means that what CAUSES teaches is steeped not only in sound theory, but also in the knowledge we draw from the community and region around them. 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.

CAUSES applies these principles to all of their programs, including Master’s and Bachelor’s degree programs, professional development certificates, and community outreach and youth programs.

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