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Webinar: A Holistic Approach and Model for a Sustainable Food System
July 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
The Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) convened a multi-disciplinary committee of world-renowned faculty to translate their research into action on campus to create a more sustainable food system that contributes to the well-being of the planet and people throughout the value chain. Also tied closely with EAT-Lancet Commission recommendations on Food, Planet, and Health and the Sustainable Development Goals, Harvard’s Sustainable & Healthful Food Standards (launched in April 2019) align our major food partners around a broad definition of success. This framework includes focuses on (1) climate and ecosystems, (2) consumer well-being, including nutrition, (3) education and food literacy, (4) reduction of wasted food, (5) animal welfare, and (6) worker and community well-being throughout the value chain. Harvard students, faculty, and staff have been using the campus as a living lab to test new strategies for driving demand for sustainable healthful food through the dining halls, retail locations, and catering. OFS worked with faculty and students to create a Sustainable Meeting and Event Guide and a Plant-based Eating Guide. By addressing both demand and supply sides, all internal and external stakeholders have a role to play in creating a better food system. In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn from this model and identify parts of the process and framework that might be applicable on your campus.
David Havelick, Sustainability Manager, Harvard University
David joined the Havard Office for Sustainability as a Sustainability Manager in June 2016 after ten years of working at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology, where he also co-led the EcoOpportunity Green Team and led the Harvard Longwood Bicyclists. He graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Political Science and Sociology in 2005, and received his master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School in 2014. In the Harvard Office for Sustainability, David helps to develop, implement, and advance the University-wide goals, standards, and commitments that are contained in the Harvard University Sustainability Plan. He works with faculty, students, senior leaders, and staff to translate cutting edge research into practice and to ensure that research informs the priorities of the Office and the University.