Today (June 5) is World Environment Day.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), “The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.”
World Environment Day (WED) and this year’s theme happen to coincide serendipitously with two events related to Ecotech Institute:
- The first is that WED falls on the mid-point of our first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Intro to Sustainability.” (By the way, it’s not too late to sign up!)
- The second is that I have just returned from visiting the Culinard program at our Greenville Virginia College campus location. We plan to promote this program, with its on-site gardens and composting operations, as a culinary sustainability model for all of our Culinard locations.
Even better—there are so many other great things happening related to Ecotech that I should mention, including:
- The announcement of Ecotech’s newest Facility Management Technology degree program. This program was developed in coordination with the International Facilities Management Association, the world's largest and most widely recognized association for professional facility managers. IFMA's over 19,000 members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property worldwide.
- Some exciting and fun Global Wind Day events are set to take place on the Ecotech campus next Friday (June 14)—stay tuned for the official announcement and details!
- The “Ecotech Lifestyle” is coming as well… is your curiosity piqued yet?
So Think. Eat. Save… and Ecotech!
Kyle Crider is Program Chair at Ecotech Institute and Education Corporation of America. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a double-emphasis in Urban Planning & Policy Analysis. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND). He is currently in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Ph.D. Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and not necessarily those of Ecotech Institute or Education Corporation of America. Email Kyle at email@example.com