Student group organizes climate change, local food lectures

March 30, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

Gamma Theta Upsilon-Zeta Xi, the international geography honors society at The University of Toledo, has organized two lectures in April to coincide with similar sustainability events on campus.

Paula Ross, a research associate with the UT Urban Affairs Center, will talk about “Rebuilding Our Local Food System” at 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, in University Hall Room 4410.

And at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, Dr. Andy Jorgensen, UT associate professor of chemistry, will address “Global Climate Change: What Is It? How Will It Affect Us? Can We Reduce the Impact By Our Actions?”

“In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of activity and talk about sustainability in our communities, and two of the major topics that have been discussed are the environment and food, especially in Toledo where we have quite a few activists on local food issues. We wanted to bring those issues together,” said Leah Mullen, president of Gamma Theta Upsilon-Zeta Xi.

The student group worked with the Urban Affairs Center and the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women to organize and promote similar events leading up to Earth Day April 22.

The events began with the lectures March 22 by Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do About It), and also have included a panel discussion with local food experts and an informational session with John Riehm of Riehm Farms of Tiffin, Ohio. Riehm is working with the Urban Affairs Center and the Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator to bring local produce to UT in the summer.

For more information, contact Mullen at

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