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  • USDA

    USDA Awards CUAS Grant

    ​Find out more about the $250,000 grant awarded to UHD

  • Sustainability Garden

    Get involved with the Sustainability Garden!

    ​The UHD Sustainability Garden is always looking for volunteers!

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    Texas Gulf Coast Master Naturalists collaborate with CUAS

    Do you want to become a certified Texas Master Naturalist?  

  • Houston Urban Food Production Conference

    Join us for the first annual Houston Urban Food Conference July 27, 2018, 9am - 3:30pm. Make sure you get your tickets!

Houston Urban Food Conference 2018

UHD's Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability is teaming up with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Prairie View A&M to organize the Houston Urban Food Production Conference. This is a multi‐county, regional event for small-scale agricultural/horticultural producers, backyard gardeners and those interested in starting a food production business from the Greater Houston metro area. This educational conference is designed to bring together new and experienced producers to learn the latest information in urban food production through concurrent sessions on commercial production, backyard production, and business start-up.

Date Offered: July 27, 2018
Times:9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: Student $30, General Admission $50
Location: University of Houston-Downton

Register for Houston Urban Food Conference 2018

To see descriptions of the concurrent sessions, please download the program.

For general information, sponsor, or vendor information please contact Paul Winski.

Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability

The University of Houston–Downtown established the Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS) in with the vision of providing Houston citizens with the knowledge and resources to build sustainable neighborhoods throughout the city. CUAS is committed to developing sustainable solutions and raising student awareness in order to create stable urban ecosystems, engage community participation in sustainability, and increase urban food production.


The mission of the CUAS is to create and support sustainable neighborhoods throughout Houston by engaging UHD and the external community in teaching, research and professional development and promoting best practices in business, technology, science, and engagement.

  1. Support teaching of agriculture and sustainable practices relevant to living in an urban environment through a new curriculum at UHD and teaching of practical skills to UHD students through engagement with the Houston community. 
  2. Support academic research related to optimization of agriculture and food distribution in urban settings. 
  3. Support research projects that evaluate sustainable business and scientific practices in urban settings which would include topics such as conservation of resources, maintaining biodiversity and reducing the impact of climate change while supporting economic growth. 
  4. Serve as a hub to organize sustainability and urban agricultural initiatives and service opportunities both at UHD and throughout the greater Houston community.