Schedule

Wisdom of Wood, Worms, and Waste (E/SI)

April 27, 2021 | 1:15 - 2:00

Track: Embodying Sustainability

This panel from Dalhousie University and the Faculty of Agriculture shares three stories of embodying sustainability to increase progress on Sustainable Development Goals and actively reduce global warming.

Wood: Dalhousie University’s operational plans and policies include advancing the implementation of sustainability projects that address a number of SDGs. We will offer highlights of 10 years of sustainability actions along with sustainable innovations for the next decade, including wood wastes used for greener energy.

Worms: Natural growing medium amendments are remarkably effective at improving soil vitality and plant health. We will demonstrate that aerated compost and vermicompost, biofortify plants with essential metabolites that when consumed, also strengthen human health. Our research found annual application of compost enhanced plant amino acids, phospholipids, acylcarnitines, amines, and choline. Such practices could increase the production of functional and high-quality foods. This research is important because with an increase in access to vegetables with enhanced functional lipids could also increase their consumption and contribute to enhancing population health.

Waste: We share leading strategies for embodying change through protecting succulent foods and promoting sustainable diets. Two of the world’s best strategies to, not only slow down, but reverse global warming, are reducing food waste and increasing plant-rich diets. This talk will offer highlights of the research that illuminates these no-regret solutions and strategies to embody more sustainability and advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Strategies are shared that help make the healthy and sustainable choice, the alluring and accessible choice.

Session Speakers

Kathleen Kevany

Department of Business & Social Sciences, Fac of Agriculture

Dalhousie University

Lord Abbey

Department of Plant, Food & Environmental Sciences, Fac of Agriculture

Dalhousie University

Rochelle Owen

Executive Director, Office of Sustainability

Dalhousie University

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