Urban Food, Energy, and Water Sustainability

Food, energy and water systems are interdependent and rely on natural, social and built components for their safety, security, productivity and resilience. Integrative solutions that minimize energy and water footprints while maximizing healthy food outputs are essential for global sustainability. Post-industrial urban areas face unique legacy challenges for food, energy and water sustainability due to historical and ongoing soil, water and air contamination; social, economic and land use instability; outdated and deteriorating infrastructure; and entrenched conventional food systems. Despite these challenges, advances in research, technology, policy, community action, and education are contributing to a more sustainable food, energy and water future for transitioning urban landscapes. Examples include urban agriculture, green and blue infrastructure, water and waste stream capture and re-use, and creation of the social infrastructure for change. What synergies exist between native ecosystem restoration and urban food-energy-water sustainability? What lessons from urban initiatives can inform sustainability in other landscapes? What new information and research could serve both food-energy-water sustainability and native ecosystems? This panel discussion will address these and other questions that bridge urban-suburban-rural-wilderness gaps for food-energy-water sustainability.

Subject Matter Level: 
Intermediate
Format: 
Panel Discussion
Room: 
105AB
Time: 
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Patrick Crouch
Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Patrick Crouch is the Program Manager with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks Urban Farm, a 2.5 acre certified organic farm in the City of Detroit that seeks to build a just, beautiful food system through education, inspiration and community development. As a working study in both social justice and in knowing the origins of the food we eat, Earthworks strives to restore our connection to the environment and community. He has been growing food for the last 12 years at Earthworks, and undergoing his own personal growth in the process. He also serves on the board of the James & Grace Lee Boggs School, and has formally served on the Detroit Agriculture Network board and Food Policy Council for the city of Detroit.
Beth Hagenbuch, LLA ASLA
Hagenbuch Weikal Landscape Architecture (HWLA)
Principal of HWLA, recipient of the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor Award for the Lafayette Greens Urban Garden in Detroit Michigan, and President of GrowTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling neighborhoods in post-industrial cities to self-organize for food security and healthy green spaces. The HWLA design philosophy is rooted in a profound respect for the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Recognizing the deep connections between people, place and landscape, their vision is to promote sustainable development by creating healthy, vibrant and livable places. Protecting and celebrating the interconnected natural systems of water, air, people and land, HWLA sees Landscape Architecture as the framework for integrating environmental responsibility, social-well being and creative design that results in successful projects for clients and healthy communities.
Jamie Scripps, JD
5 Lakes Energy LLC
Jamie Scripps is principal with 5 Lakes Energy and former assistant deputy director for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and deputy policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC). 5 Lakes Energy is a Michigan-based policy consulting firm offering services in clean energy and the environment, providing strategic pathways that enable and accelerate adoption of clean energy technologies and sustainable practices. Among other sustainable energy projects, 5 Lakes has studied sustainable winery water use and wastewater processing practices, in application to Michigan wineries.
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