The Tishman Environment and Design Center hosted a discussion of the city's new Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program, to bring good food and good jobs to communities. Hear about efforts to build on this initiative to make the food system healthy, sustainable, economically vibrant, and fair.
Speakers include Christine C. Quinn (Speaker, New York City Council), Dan Barber (owner, Blue Hill Restaurant), Bruce Both (president, UFCW Local 1500), Peggy M. Shepard (executive director and founder, We Act for Environmental Justice), Nevin Cohen (assistant professor, The New School). The program features an invocation by Lisa Sharon (co-founder & executive director, NY Faith & Justice).
Dan Barber is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill restaurant in New York City, a 2001 James Beard Award nominee for best new restaurant and a noted neighborhood eatery that continues to celebrate the farms of the Hudson Valley with its menus.
In the summer of 2002, Food & Wine Magazine featured Barber as one of the country's "Best New Chefs." He has since been featured in The New Yorker and Gourmet Magazine, and included in "The Next Generation" of great chefs in Bon Appetit's 10th annual restaurant issue.
Bruce Both is President of United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1500.
Nevin Cohen is Co-Chair of the Tishman Environment & Design Center at The New School. Dr. Cohen is an expert in environmental planning who has served as a policy analyst, urban planner, and business advisor. Dr. Cohen is also an Assistant Professor at Eugene Lang College, where he offers courses on environmental planning, food and sustainability, urban environmental policy, and environmental activism.
In addition to his position at The New School, Dr. Cohen co-founded Topology, LLC, an environmental planning and development firm. He has also served as managing principal for GreenOrder, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in sustainable business practices, where he advised companies such as GE, Office Depot, Pfizer, and Pitney Bowes on methods to improve their environmental performance. He has also held senior research positions at Rutgers University's Center for Environmental Communication, Environmental Defense, the World Resources Institute, Tellus Institute, and INFORM. He was responsible for developing landmark municipal recycling, water conservation, and clean fuel laws in New York City as an analyst for the City Council and Manhattan Borough President.
Christine Quinn is New York City Council Speaker.
Lisa Sharon is Co-founder & Executive Director of NY Faith & Justice.
Peggy M. Shepard
Peggy M. Shepard is Executive Director and Founder of We Act for Environmental Justice.