Instructor: Mia MacDonald
This capstone seminar will offer students an opportunity to delve into the realities of the animal-based foods and climate connection and to develop policy responses, a public education campaign, and a toolkit for use by communities and individuals to change the current paradigm. Using global warming as the entry point, the capstone will examine how New York City and its residents could eat and produce food in ways that reduce the city’s GHGs and, in the process, promote climate and food justice and improve public health.
Drawing from the most climate-friendly, “low-GHG” approaches in existing policies and plans, and their own quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, students will develop a City-wide “cool foods” initiative that is both practical and visionary. This will consist of three interrelated projects:
Development of a set of specific policy measures to be adopted by key New York City actors (spanning city agencies and other institutions, if/as relevant, including schools) that anticipates enabling factors and constraints, budget implications, and the current policy environment;
Creation of a City-initiated, city-wide public awareness campaign(s) designed to encourage behavior change, in line with the policy priorities (above); and
Production of a “toolkit” that details specific action(s) communities and individuals can and are encouraged to take, with and without support from the City. The toolkit should enhance the policy and campaign objectives and reflect their key tenets.
Such an initiative, while focused on New York City, could also inform other cities’ efforts to address the relationship between animal-based foods and global warming.
Watch this capstone presentation on YouTube.
Eating for the Green Apple Toolkit