‘Food Foolish’ Author to Speak at CoE
John Mandyck ’89, G’92, chief sustainability officer of UTC Building and Industrial Systems and the co-author of the book “Food Foolish” will be speaking about the hidden connection between food waste, hunger and climate change at the Syracuse Center of Excellence on Monday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.
According to Mandyck, hunger, food security, climate emissions and water shortages are anything but foolish topics. Mandyck believes the way we systematically waste food in the face of these challenges, however, is one of humankind’s most foolish practices. During his presentation, Mandyck will explore the environmental and social opportunities that we can create by wasting less food, as highlighted in his book. Real solutions to feeding the world and preserving its resources can be unlocked in the context of climate mitigation.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Mandyck works to accelerate green building with universities and organizations around the world, such as the U.S. Green Building Council, which Carrier helped found and joined as the first member in 1993. Mandyck chairs the corporate advisory board of the World Green Building Council, serves as chair of the board of directors for the Urban Green Council in New York City and is a member of the corporate council for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to co-chair the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. He has presented energy efficiency, sustainability and future of food strategies to audiences around the world.
The forum will be moderated by Shere Abbott, vice president for sustainability initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at the University. The event is free, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made online at http://tinyurl.com/oht6ww5.