Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Office of Sustainability in New Haven

Welcome to New Haven Register readers from the "Blog Haven" site.  On this blog you will find delicious recipes, ideas on cooking fresh affordable simple meals, information on sustainable agriculture and food issues and much more. Much of it is global, but certain topics are distinctly local, like this one:
 Last night as a member of the New Haven Food Policy Council, I attended a welcoming celebration for Christine Eppstein Tang, the new Director of the New Haven office of Sustainability.  Representatives of many grassroots organizations and local businesses gathered to welcome her and share in some delicious local Grub. A fresh garden salad with greens from the Yale farm, pasta from Nica's, coffee from Blue State, and tasty coconut cupcakes from Cafe Romeo. The establishment of the new Office of sustainability is an opportunity for the city to build on and coordinate with all of the work being done in our community already. There is a green movement sweeping our nation and New Haven is near the head of the pack. Our small city has dozens of grassroots organizations passionately committed to sustainable agriculture, food, energy efficiency, and environmental issues.  

Initially in her new position, Ms. Tang will be focusing on:
   - Energy conservation initiatives
   - Overhaul of the City’s recycling program
   - Efforts to improve local air quality.
The sustainability office is using social media like twitter and facebook to communicate with city residents and get their message out and get feedback. Check out their site for links to other local organizations working on sustainability in our region.

The New Haven Food Policy Council has been active in helping to improve our city's school food program which provides universal free breakfast and lunch to all New Haven students. The program is now run by Chef Tim Cypriano, aka, the Local Food Dude, check out his blog where he posts information on improvements being made to our school meals program as well as federal and state policy issues we are all fighting to change to improve the food our students eat. I'll post more about the great advances in our school food program in later posts.

There are so many great local organizations that work on food sustainability issues, here are a few:

If you have any questions about local food issues and how to get involved, please post comments or questions here.

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