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Baruch College - CUNY Urban Agriculture Study Group

Contact: Nora Sherman

Bronx Community College - "Go Green" Workshops

BCC’s Student Government Association will educate the student body about how to practice sustainability on campus and in everyday life.
Contact: William Murray & Julissa Lora

Brooklyn College - Brooklyn College Coffeeshop

Brooklyn College Coffee is a collectively-run, consensus-based student coffee shop. Our cooperative business model provides an opportunity for students to empower themselves by: creating and controlling a workplace they want.Through our work, collective members learn practical skills in contrast with the academic side of college life, as they actively seek out a comprehensive understanding of coffee and its importance in the world economy, the difficulties and benefits of collective business models, and the City University of New York’s educational system and challenges. We see these challenges as opportunities to, collectively, shape the social spaces of our university as well as the way our community looks at coffee. We strive to provide an accessible place for students to meet and socialize, and do difficult trailblazing work so that other students will be inspired to undertake similar cooperative projects. We measure our success through sustainability and justice. We are a refreshing, inspiring movement of empowered and motivated students. We are already changing the CUNY culture just by being here.

Brooklyn College - Campus Road Community Garden

The Campus Road Community Garden is located by our WEB Building and behind the West Quad and Athletic field. The Campus Rd Garden has presented BC with a unique opportunity to interface with a support system of grassroots organizations and community members, by destroying the garden BC will not only be destroying a precious ecosystem located behind BC’s athletic field but also destroying the relationship that have been built between the college and the surrounding community around sustainability.
Contact: Isabelle Jagninski

City College - City Agriculture Network

The City Agriculture Network (CAN) promotes and facilitates the establishment of urban community gardens. These gardens will provide fresher, better-tasting food that is free of the pesticides and preservatives found in most commercially produced food. Additionally, our vegetable gardens aim to increase fresh food access to promote healthy diets and reduce carbon footprints by eliminating long-distance transportation from the food-supply chain. CAN's goal is to locate garden space, provide urban food gardening expertise and labor, facilitate food distribution, and serve as a resource for information on urban food gardening to the general public. CAN established its first community garden at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church on 141st Street in 2010
Contact: Elizabeth Kelman

The Graduate Center - The Food Justice Project

While foodways and diet-related disparities have for long been researched during times of food insecurity (Lewin,1943), new forms of food insecurity associated with the social and physical environment have linked poor dietary habits and health disparities in low-income neighborhoods with a lack of accessibly to fresh food (Moorland et al., 2002). Young peoples’ participation in transforming foodways through gardening appears to be a promising educational tool for promoting healthier eating habits (Libman, 2007). Moreover, managing community resources, such as gardens, afford opportunities for youth to critically engage in environmental stewardship (Hart, 1997) and provide learning experiences that promote a positive sense-of-self (Hung, 2007). The Food Justice Project is a group of youth and adults who are transforming their local food environment of New York City through community gardening and participatory action research. This project features young people’s perspectives on how local actions impact global foodways. Specifically, through the rehabilitation of a local community garden and their food environment (e.g. changing local merchants’ inventory), youth learn about foodways through its transformation. The process of youth participatory action research is highlighted as framework for achieving this goal.
Contact: Bijan Kimiagar

Hunter College - CUNY Food and Urban Agriculture Working Group

The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC) last fall convened the CUNY Food and Urban Agriculture Working Group (FUAWG), as a core research effort in the Consumption Cities Project area. The FUAWG, including faculty, students, and stakeholders from around the University, and beyond, is preparing to initiate a food and urban agriculture assessment for New York City and create and evaluate pilot programs for education and training in urban agriculture in both degree programs and continuing education.  The overarching goal of the project is to assess the ability of New York City's food system to provide the ecosystem services and nutrition necessary for residents' well-being.

Hunter College - The Hunter Garden Project

We aim to push for the approval of this plan to allow Hunter College students to pursue the emerging, and increasingly necessary, science of sustainable urban agriculture. The Nutrition Club intends to provide the city with a green space capable of producing organic food. The 68th St & Brookdale campuses have an abundance of rooftop space that is currently unoccupied. Upon approval from the University, the club plans to develop a sophisticated energy efficient urban food production model. The project will serve as a concept for sustainable urban agriculture and inner city development. The space will also allow for future curriculum development and research endeavors. It is the intention of the club to advertise the benefits of sustainable systems and organic agriculture in an urban setting.

John Jay College - Hunger & Homelessness Initiative

Our Hunger & Homelessness initiative aims at raising John Jay student's awareness about these two issues in New York City. The lectures are focused on informing students about the status of hunger and homeslessness in the area and the ways in which they can get active against these issues. The goal of the field trip and the Hunger Banquet are to create a setting for the students to witness the reality of hunger and social injustice in our society. The purpose of this initiative is to educate and motivate students into becoming active.
Contact: Declan Walsh

Kingsborough Community College - Green Food Service Training

Kingsborough Community College provides Food Service Operations training that emphasizes hands-on skills and industry certifications. The program also includes an intensive assessment component; life management skills classes that include job readiness (employer expectations, dressing appropriately, resume writing, interviewing skills); financial literacy, time management; basic civics and stress management. With the assistance of the Employment Specialist, participants will enter employment in the Food Service upon the successful completion of training.
Contact: Jonathan Deutsch

LaGuardia Community College - Fast Food Nation Reading

The common reading is a text that all first year students receive from the college to enhance their academic experience. The goals of having a common reading are to establish a greater sense of community among students and to provide an introduction to intellectual life at the college.. Common reading text is given out each semester to all new in-coming students during the registration process.

Lehman College - Lehman Vegetable Garden

The organic garden was the idea of Professor Boyar, who was inspired by the creation of the White House vegetable garden, and Professor Marilyn Aguirre-Molina of Lehman's M.P.H. program, who also directs the new CUNY Institute for Health Equity. It will produce vegetables, including a variety of peppers, broccoli, collards, cauliflower, tomatoes, beans, peas, red cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, and carrots, and also herbs like parsley, basil, and thyme. Students from the Adult Learning Center will tend the garden, while Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition students will collect the produce for work in the College's Food Lab. No artificial fertilizers will be used—only the compost generated on campus.
Contact: Julissa Cruz

Queens College - Green Basket Project

STAND at Queens College is proud to announce the commencement of our Green Basket Project, a food pantry open to community members and students in need, to be located in our school's Dining Hall (near the music building) every Saturday between 12 and 3 pm. We are receiving generous donations from Panera Bread and Trader Joe's, and are looking for more donors (particularly in terms of produce)! Student volunteers are also welcomed!
Contact: Jenn Polish