Mar 4 BASG: Sustainable Food Fix: Getting the Food System We Want & We Need
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Sustainable Food Fix: Getting the Food System We Want and We Need to Work
Tuesday, March 4th, 6-9PM, Venture Café, Cambridge Innovation Center
Our food system is extraordinarily complex with a myriad of stakeholders motivated by varying concerns of climate change, personal health, local economic development, social justice, financial returns, and other factors. What does the local landscape of food look like for us in New England and what does the future hold in terms of innovative partnerships and disruptive supply chain solutions?
Come hear from leaders, who will share a broad perspective of the food system, touching on diverse levers of change and influence including production capacity, regional collaboration, municipal regulation, industry advocacy, institutional procurement strategy, and investment in entrepreneurial food ventures.
Our program this evening will be introduced and moderated by Holly Fowler, drawing on her experience of developing and implementing international, sustainable food procurement standards for more than 6500 institutional clients and her most recent consulting work with diverse regional food system stakeholders.
Holly Fowler www.linkedin.com/in/hollyfowler
Co-founder & Managing Director
Northbound Ventures, LLC
Holly is a strategic advisor on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, waste, health, and stakeholder engagement to clients of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, national health care networks, public school districts, colleges and universities, city and state governments, and non-profit organizations. From 2008-2013, she was the Senior Director of Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility for Sodexo North America, where she led training and innovation, identification and implementation of best practices, and deployment of a proprietary dashboard for measuring site-level impacts at over 500 locations.
Stacia Clinton, RD. LDN. www.linkedin.com/pub/stacia-clinton/9/870/848
Healthy Food in Health Care Program Regional Director
Health Care Without Harm http://www.noharm.org/
Stacia will discuss her experience using clinician advocacy, market-based strategies, and policy efforts to improve the food system through involvement with regionally-based and national organizations.
Stacia Clinton, RD. LDN. is a Regional Healthy Food in Health Care Program Director for the global non-profit organization Health Care Without Harm guiding local and sustainable institutional purchasing and program development for the six-state New England region. Nationally she directs the organizations’ Healthy Beverage Program providing technical assistance to health care facilities in support of community health and obesity prevention.
Tim Griffin www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-griffin/22/683/36b
Associate Professor and Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program
Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy http://nutrition.tufts.edu/academics/afe
Tim will present the future of agriculture in New England and the potential for diverse stakeholders to collaborate in creating a sustainable regional food system.
Timothy Griffin received his Ph.D. in crop and soil science from Michigan State University. Dr. Griffin is a faculty steering committee member for the Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program at Tufts. His primary research interest is the intersection of agriculture and the environment, and the development and implementation of sustainable production systems. Additional current research interests include environmental impacts of agriculture (nutrient flows, carbon retention and loss, and climate change), impacts of policy on adoption of agricultural practices and systems, and development and implementation of equitable food systems at the local to regional scales.
Alex Linkow linkedin www.linkedin.com/pub/alex-linkow/6/87/b62
Fair Food Fund http://www.fairfoodnetwork.org/fairfoodfund
Alex will share how the Fair Food Fund, an impact capital fund from Fair Food Network, is supporting food system enterprises that connect small and medium-sized, sustainable farms in the Northeast with the growing demand for local, sustainably-produced food.
Alex Linkow is Program Director of the Fair Food Fund, an impact capital fund from Fair Food Network that is investing in ventures that connect small and medium-sized, sustainable farms with the growing demand for local, sustainably-produced food. During his tenure with Fair Food Network, Mr. Linkow has assessed the opportunities to support farmers and local food entrepreneurs in the Northeast, built relationships with food system stakeholders in the region, raised grant and PRI capital, and developed and launched the Fair Food Fund and two complementary business assistance programs: the Fair Food Consulting Corps and the Fair Food Business Boot Camp.
Edith Murnane www.linkedin.com/pub/edith-murnane/b/b/a91
Director of the Office of Food Initiatives
City of Boston http://www.cityofboston.gov/food/
Edith will highlight recent successes of the City of Boston’s food agenda to increase access to healthy and affordable food, to expand Boston’s capacity to produce, distribute and consume local food through urban agriculture, and to build a strong local food economy through financing and supporting local food retail and distribution businesses.
Edith is the Director of the Office of Food Initiatives for the City of Boston. She has worked for and with a number of non-profits including Community Servings, Project Bread, and the Boston Public Market Association, among other organizations. During her time with Community Servings, she pioneered sourcing local food, launched a U.N.-sponsored herb garden, as well as the city's first Community Supported Fish Initiative (CSF), and started a farmers’ market in their parking lot.
The Boston Area Sustainability Group (BASG) brings together sustainability-minded folk to increase our knowledge, grow our networks, and further sustainability goals. Time is short and we all need to learn a boatload, fast. One of BASG’s explicit goals is that we learn as much as we can from each other, where the very diversity of the group is one of our most valuable assets. Come join the discussion, or hang out and listen. Meet those folks working hard to do what you’re trying to do and your paths have not yet crossed. We have a great time and really want to meet you!
Our format for the evening begins with informal networking followed by quick introductions all round before several lightening-speed presentations from knowledgeable folks. Using a modified IGNITE-style format, our speakers will share their experiences and then open the discussion.
We end the discussion with time left for more networking and sharing info on other local events. Hope to see you there!
The Venture Cafe is located at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor. Visitors must comply with Venture Cafe attendance policies (see http://bit.ly/vc-credo for more details).
Admission $12 - includes Eventbrite service fees
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Boston Area Sustainability Group
The BASG is about bringing sustainability practitioners together to share ideas, experiences and best practices as to elevate the practice of sustainability. BASG holds networking events where guest speakers and members give presentations on sustainability-related topics. It's an opportunity to network, learn and have fun.
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