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Wildland-Urban Interface, Wildfires, and Urban Smoke

America’s forests are burning at unprecedented rates. Long-term efforts will require transdisciplinary solutions that are customized for unique characteristics of communities and ecosystems. The project team developed a brief for the ECOP Climate Coalition, requesting endorsement for a significant planning process to define priorities for Cooperative Extension’s role in addressing the nation’s increasing frequency and severity of catastrophic wildfires. Read more…

Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture

During May 2020, the WCMER, in conjunction with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and several urban Farm Bureau county organizations, responded to a request for stakeholder input from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) about the Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative. Read more…

Applied Research Fellows

Best Practices in Suburban Housing Affordability: Understanding, Motivating, and Policy Options

Suburban communities across the United States have different housing strengths and weaknesses; however, they have all experienced a steady rise in median housing prices. Lower housing affordability has a host of negative consequences including increased…

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Leveraging the Extension Network to Build Urban Resilience to Extremes

LEVERAGING THE EXTENSION NETWORK TO BUILD URBAN RESILIENCE TO EXTREMES  The goal of this project is to develop a framework to increase national capacity to increase resilience in cities by leveraging the Cooperative Extension (CE)…

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Revitalization, Realignment, and Reemergence: A Project Proposal for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute Farm Program

Utilizing concepts from horticultural therapy, community-based social work, and vocational training and rehabilitation, this proposal will produce several deliverables designed to transform the farm and the treatment paradigm of the programs at NMBHI. The primary…

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Fulfilling the Land Grant University Mission at State Agriculture Experiment Stations in Urban Interfaces of the West

The authors are seeking support to dive deeply into the experience of experimental agricultural stations and to develop recommendations for stations to adapt to continued urbanization, understand the current needs of our agricultural stakeholders, as…

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Urban Extension Toolkit

With the development of an Urban Extension Toolkit, all Extension professionals in metropolitan areas and across LGUs would have access to a ready-to-use training and support system with an equity lens. This toolkit would include…

Previous Projects

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Urban Agriculture Multi-State Team

Joining the Urban Agriculture Multi-State Project. The NIMMS (National Information Management and Support System) system is the process by which you join the Urban Agriculture team and is how activities are tracked within the regional…

Sustainable Urban Systems

Sustainable Urban Systems

July 30-August 1, 2019 – Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, WA. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this by-invitation only workshop brought together a select group of 40 experts across an array of disciplines, sectors, and…

Urban Professional Development Summit

Urban Professional Development Summit The Urban Professional Development, the launch activity for applied research fellowship and Deep Dive, led by Dr. Julie Fox, tOSU ), built upon the National Urban Extension framework and implementation plan…

Well Connected Communities

National 4-H Council, in partnership with the groundbreaking health initiatives of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System (CES) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is helping to drive transformational change to create a Culture of…

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The 2019 National Urban Extension Conference

Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience May 20-23, 2019 Motif Hotel – Seattle, WA Washington State University Extension’s Metro Center was proud to coordinate and host the 2019 National Urban Extension Conference…