Centers and Initiatives

SARA thumbnailCenter for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement (SARA) 

The purpose of the UTRGV Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement (SARA) is to improve agricultural sustainability and advance rural communities through multidisciplinary approaches that involve the environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability, while engaging UTRGV faculty and students in research, education, and experiential-learning.


Coastal Studies LabCoastal Studies Laboratory

Located on South Padre Island, the CSL is dedicated to enhancing research, engaging in public service, education, and outreach related to coastal and marine concerns in the Gulf of Mexico with special emphasis on the South Texas region. The CSL supports research focused on the sustainability of the shoreline, management of marine-based food sources, environmental and ecological ocean health, management of water resources (including wetlands), regional vulnerability to disasters and disaster mitigation, preparedness and response.


The Lower Rio Grande Valley Sustainability Network

The Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) is a subtropical semi-arid region with rapid population growth. The LRGV has economic vitality in part due to its border location--as a result, booming population growth. High population density has caused rapid urban development with an array of sustainability issues and impacts on quality of life.

There are a variety of entities (governmental and non-governmental) in the Valley addressing some of these issues but there is little coordination, facilitation and monitoring of their efforts due to a lack of communication and organization. The LRGV Sustainability Network is intended to enhance, facilitate and expand all that is being done to address sustainability in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

More information will be available soon.