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World Food Day is an international day celebrated every year to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.


Monday, Oct. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Agri-food Systems for Healthy Communities

Our three panelists are local food experts that have been working on the relationship between sustainable food systems and the health of our communities for decades.

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Thi Squire, Founder of the Grow2Heal program (read bio)

Thi, Community Garden Project Manager of the Grow2Heal Garden at Homestead Hospital, is trying to change the food system within healthcare. The Grow2Heal community garden at Homestead Hospital is a creative solution to ongoing challenges with chronic disease management and preventive healthcare.

Roger Horne, Executive Director of Urban Green Works (read bio)

Roger is the driving force behind Urban Green Works' Community Food Security Initiative. After his work with Miami's Food Policy Council, Roger spearheaded efforts to establish city guidelines and permitting for community-owned markets, community gardens, and urban agriculture.

Dr. Franziska Alesso Bendisch, UN Association USA Miami Board Member and Founder/Principal of Better Food Partners (read bio)

Franziska is a former corporate executive and Big4 management consultant with 17+ years' experience in helping organizations in the agriculture and food and beverage fields build the food system of the future through strategy development, execution, and collaboration.


The following events are presented by the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, in collaboration with other University partners such as: the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, the Office of Sustainability, the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, and Student Government ECO Agency.


Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 12-2 p.m.

Fair Food Fair on the Rock Plaza

Join us and learn about healthy eating, urban farming, community gardens, food donations, and get involved with Miami Dade Real Food Network.

Admission is free! Learn more at

Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 4-6 p.m.

Planting and Beautifying at the Miller School of Medicine Herb and Food Garden

Join the biomedical graduate and medical students at the Miller Herb and Food Garden on October 19, to enjoy festivities celebrating sustainable food systems and the therapeutic power of food. There will be tours of our "Food Forest," crafts to take home or adorn the garden, and a planting session to celebrate this day. The event will take place at the garden, located in front of the Calder Library; available on a first come, first served basis. We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP with Monika Chojnacka at


Green Game

Come support your football team on Nov 6! For this home game against Georgia Tech, Hurricanes punter Lou Hedley will send a message on reducing single-use plastic to all our fans. At halftime, you will be able to take our Plastic Free Canes Pledge on the Miami Hurricanes App to get a green prize.

Pass by the ECO-Cat 5 table in the student Fan Zone to take our Plastic Free Canes Pledge and get a sustainable fabric T-shirt. Learn more.


America Recycles Day

Support the Sustainability Initiative student group at RSMAS by collecting empty cans and bottles! UM Dining is partnering with Coca-Cola Beverages Florida to bring a reverse vending machine to the Hurricane Food Court. With each empty plastic bottle or aluminum can deposited, you help contribute to a donation for the UM Environmental Student Organization. Come celebrate America Recycles Day and start collecting now! Join us at the Hurricane Food Court on Monday, Nov. 15 from 12-2 p.m.


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Win a Bike or a Hammock!


Green Liaison Trainings


Sustainability 101

Get basic training in sustainability, including: recycling, energy conservation, water conservation, green purchasing and printing, nature conservation, green outreach, and leadership.

Register through ULearn (keywords: Sustainability 101 Webinar). Next session: Friday, Nov. 12.


Sustainable Food 101

This 1-hour webinar will give you a chance to understand the relationship between our food system and the planet, as well as between our diet choices and climate change. This webinar will grant you 50 points on your Well 'Canes account.

Register through ULearn (keywords: Sustainable Food and Diet 101). Next session: Friday, Oct. 22.


Community Events


11:30 am

RSMAS Climate Café Series: Interpreting the Past to Forecast the Future


7:00 pm

"100 Yards of Hope" Documentary Screening at CG Art Cinema


6:00 pm

UN Association Miami - SDGs for a Better Future


9:00 am

Coral Gables Recycling Drive Thru



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