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Webinar: Cooking with Purpose – Empowering Food-insecure College Students to “Take Back Cooking” for Climate Mitigation, Nutrition and Budget Benefits!

May 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


This webinar was moved from 5/3 to 5/17.

Food pantries on college campuses have a wide variety of food choices with a wide variety of cost, nutritional, and greenhouse gas impacts. In an effort to encourage food-insecure students on Appalachian State University’s campus to have a greater familiarity and comfort cooking the most inexpensive food options that are less processed (and have less embodied energy and emitted greenhouse gases) and more nutritional, a collaboration of faculty, staff and the office of sustainability on our campus developed “Cooking with Purpose” semester-long zoom cooking series. During our first semester, 20 students enrolled in this voluntary 5-part cooking class to build community and be exposed to new and sustainable cooking strategies. Join this presentation to learn more about this initiative and brainstorm additional ways that food insecurity can be tackled on campuses.

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Carla Ramsdell, Practitioner in Residence, Appalachian State University

I am a registered professional mechanical engineer (PE) and I worked in the energy industry for 15 years before coming into higher education. I now teach in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University and my research is focused on the energy, sustainability and equity of our food system. My past experience as a thermodynamic design and test engineer in the energy sector helps me to view food as a critical energy resource which must be more sustainably & equitably managed. I am working with a team at App State, piloting a series of online cooking classes (Cooking with Purpose) intended for students on our campus who are food-insecure to help empower them with basic skills to cook food that is both kind to the planet and to their budgets (and incredibly delicious). This team includes a faculty member in nutrition, mathematics and staff from the office of sustainability.

Jennifer Maxwell, Sustainability Program Director, Appalachian State University

Jennifer has been with Appalachian State University since 2006 and she leads many campus sustainability programs including their University Zero Waste Commitment, the Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store, Green Suite Engagement Programs, Green Labs Program Development, Sustainable Purchasing, Event Planning, and the Sustainability Film Series. She is a founding member of the App State Sustainability Council and Living Green Residential Learning Community. She studied and received a BS in Sustainable Technology with a minor in business in 2001, and a MA in Higher Education with a concentration in Community College and University Leadership in 2017, both from Appalachian. In her free time Jennifer enjoys live music, the great outdoors, and time with her family!



May 17, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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