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Hemispheric Student Dialogues

Hosted by Hemispheric University Consortium (HUC) Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), the Hemispheric Student Dialogues on Sustainable Development Goals will consist of a series of workshops aimed at promoting intercultural dialogues and digital skills across the hemisphere. Don't miss UM Professor Xavier Cortada's The Art of Empathy in a Global Climate Crisis on Monday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. RSVP now!


Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October thousands of events all over the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

Spilling the Tea on Food Sustainability

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. - Join ECO Agency, Food Recovery Network, Plant Based Canes, and CommUnity Garden for a panel discussion about the importance of food sustainability, and learn how these student organizations are addressing it on-campus and in the local community. RSVP now!

Food Heroes in Our Community

Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 12:15 p.m. - "Watering the deserts: Geeting fresh food to underserved neighborhoods with Urban Oasis Project"
Keynote Speaker: Art Friedrich, President of the Urban Oasis Project, created the Food Justice Veggie Box Program, now known as Project Maracuya, which provides Community Supported Agriculture food boxes for SNAP recipients. Over the last three months, Project Maracuya has provided local fruits, vegetables, and cleaning supplies bi-weekly to over 100 families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Art Friedrich, will be accompanied by Ashley Varela, Project Maracuya Coordinator and Chantelle Sookram, Operations manager of Urban Oasis Project. Theu will address the solutions to the local problems of hunger and the support to our farms and our communities. RSVP now! (Access abstract here.)

Food Day on Social Media

Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Visit to check out great videos of plant-based cooking demonstrations hosted by UM Dining Chef, Joel Chamizo, and Plant Based 'Canes. Preparing a vegan dish has never been so easy! Find the ingredients list for each recipe here.

Join Us for a Virtual Tropical Fruit Crunch!

Any date or time! – Participate in a social media effort to raise awareness on healthy eating and access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Post a fruit-crunching selfie on Instagram with the hashtag #FoodHeroes and tag us at @umiami_civicengagement. (Feel free to also tag #WorldFoodDay and #CaneCrunch on your posts!)



Green Residences


Coffee and Compost

Either at home or on campus, you can waste less and give back to our Earth by composting your coffee grounds and your food waste. Coffee grounds from the Shalala Student Center Starbucks are picked up daily by our ECO Reps to help amend the Sustainability Garden's soil. Selected residents from University Village are part of our composting pilot: in only three months, they turned vegetable scraps into healthy compost. To learn more, visit


Recycling 101

No matter where you live, if you are a Miami-Dade County resident, you need to stop putting plastic bags in your recycling bin. Instead, simply empty your plastic bag and reuse it; recyclables need to be clean, so your bag should be too. To learn more about the challenges the recycling industry is facing and to give recycling a chance, watch the Journey of a UM Plastic Bottle video.


Green Careers


Become a Green Building Professional

Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) is North America's top program for teaching the people who build, renovate, and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability, combined with techniques they can use on the job the very next day. Learn more at the UM Division of Continuing and International Education.


MPS in Urban Sustainability and Resilience

Jobs in sustainability and resilience are projected to grow 15% annually over the next 10 years. Miami is at the epicenter of ecological dilemmas, and the city is a living laboratory in which to study these effects in real time. Learn more at


Sustainability Garden

In preparation for Food Day, we invite you to take a virtual tour of the Sustainability Garden located next to the Gifford Arboretum. For garden updates, visit



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