Our Heroes is a weekly series that highlights the work and the daily lives of people who are making major changes in the world of food, water and/or energy.
Sherie McClam is passionate about social and environmental justice. This passion has led her on an interesting journey to Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where she has designed an advanced certificate program in Education for Sustainability. Through this program Sherie inspires and prepares the next generation of sustainability leaders.
In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to learn more about the first United States flag to be made of American-grown hemp in nearly a century. We talked to Kentucky farmer and veteran Mike Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project who helped organize the creation of the flag.
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with B.J. Cummings, founder of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition's Technical Advisory Group. Cummings led a public campaign called "River For All" which generated thousands of formal comments on EPA's cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish River and also garnered more than 43,000 letters written to the City of Seattle.
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with Laura Rose Day, Executive Director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, one of River Network's 2015 River Heroes. Day works to create sustainable sea-run fisheries on the river and oversaw removal of two dams, helping restore the lower Penobscot River to a free running waterway for the first time in nearly 200 years, and affecting nearly 1,000 miles of river.
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with Jennifer Pitt of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), one of River Network's 2015 River Heroes. Pitt manages EDF's efforts on the Colorado River to protect and restore the river's delta. In 2014, she helped bring water to the Delta for the first time in five decades.
Dominic Palumbo has turned Moon In The Pond Farm into fertile ground for educating and inspiring new farmers. He understands that hands-on farming experience is essential for a sustainable future. Dominic's work and philosophy on farming, educating and changing our food system from the ground up are precisely what we need to sustain future generations of local food leaders and farmers.
Randy Talley, the co-owner and president of Green Sage Cafe, knows that restaurants need more than good food to serve a great meal - their energy use can be very high, inefficient and environmentally draining. That's why Green Sage Cafe sources local energy along with local, seasonal ingredients to reduce their impact and strive for a more sustainable system.
Swimmable Water Weekend is a laudable Waterkeeper Alliance initiative that seeks to get people out to their favorite swimming hole, lake or beach and take the plunge for clean water. Get out there, bring your camera and enter the photo contest!
Under a tent at Chicago's Green City Market, Chef Sandra Holl began selling delicious pastries with a local, sustainable touch. Four years later, she and her husband Mathieu established a brick-and-mortar location and have been dedicated to local farmers ever since. Read on to find out how Sandra keeps everything from her ingredients to food waste local and sustainable.
People dedicated to sourcing, preparing and serving local, sustainable food are vital to the sustainable food movement. Chef Joel Miller at Ravine in Mississippi doesn't just source sustainable food - he regularly visits the farms that supply his kitchen, shops at farmers' markets multiple times per week and even raises some of Ravine's ingredients on-site. Read on for an interview with our latest Eat Well Hero!
Nora Pouillon is an advocate and leader of the local, sustainable food movement in the Washington, DC area. From her cooking to her work to bolster chef-farm relationships in the region through the establishment of farmers' markets, farm tours and more, she exemplifies the level of commitment our heroes exhibit every day. Read on to find out what drives Nora's dedication to sustainable food.
For NFL player Will Witherspoon, football and farming are labors of love. The founder of Shire Gate Farm in Owensville, MO, Will has a passion for raising beef responsibly and advocating for better food in the sports world and beyond. Read on to find out how Will became interested in farming and where he plans to go next.
Spreading urban farming and food systems know-how to strengthen local communities is Stacey Murphy's expertise. The founder of BK Farmyards, Stacey has been helping others learn and start farms in New York since 2009, and she's got a big plans ahead. Read about BK Farmyards' work and vision in our interview with Stacey here.
Photojournalist James Whitlow Delano created @EveryDayClimateChange on Instagram, a photographic endeavor by a diverse group of photographers from five continents, to document visual evidence of climate change on people and the environment, all around the planet. We talk about his efforts in this week's Heroic Endeavor.
Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.
"We must hold true that healthy food is a right for all and not a privilege for some." Meet Karen Washington, an urban farmer from the Bronx, NY. A leader in the urban farming movement, Karen has spent thirty years strengthening New York City's local food system in low-income communities and bolstering black leadership in farming.