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School of Environment and Natural Resources


SENR Seminar Series

Apr 2, 2015, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The SENR Seminar Series welcomes Christopher Peterson, Professor & Academic Program Director, Loyola University Chicago Institute of Environmental Sustainability, who will present Addressing Issues of Food Security through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service.

The interest in, and need for, greater reliance on locally grown food in urban areas has increased considerably in recent years. The reasons for this are multifaceted, and include increased awareness of environmental costs of existing food-production/distribution systems, health concerns stemming from use of chemicals in industrial agriculture, and increased recognition that a large percentage of urban residents living in predominantly poor neighborhoods lack access to healthy food.  Loyola University Chicago is working to address these issues on multiple fronts; by linking student projects in courses to tangible products, programs, sustainability initiatives, and business development; by fostering cooperation among university administration, academic units, student-led advocacy groups, and student government to promote internal action and awareness; by partnering with external organizations, agencies and businesses to provide opportunities to our students and support for community-based projects. Through synergistic interaction among these components we strive to not only contribute to the resolution or mitigation of current issues, but also to produce leaders with both technical knowledge and the passion to affect positive change well into the future.

The SENR Seminar begins at 4:10 p.m in 164 Howlett Hall with a video link to 123 Williams Hall on the Wooster campus. This seminar is co-sponsored by the AgroEcosystems Management Program.