Sustainability – Part 2 of the Workshop – Presentations

Jeff Potent: Sustainability Workshop introduction About the presenter: Jeffrey Potent, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, teaches corporate sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, and related subjects at the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and the Columbia Earth Institute.  Mr. Potent advises graduate students, contributes to the Columbia University Seminar Series on Sustainable Finance, serves on several non-profit and impact investment boards and for several years hosted an annual forum on sustainable agriculture.  He consults and speaks publicly on corporate and agricultural sustainability and water quality.  Mr. Potent formerly led corporate partnerships for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Water in Washington DC.  Earlier in his career, he served as EPA/US Department of Agriculture (USDA) liaison and regional director of the USDA National Integrated Water Quality Program, facilitating collaboration among Land Grant Universities, EPA, USDA, industry associations and other agencies and universities.  Jeff's PowerPoint Presentation: Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskills   Lauren Melodia: Distribution & Marketing About the presenter: Lauren Melodia is the Value Chain Manager at the Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE). Prior to managing this and CADE’s Dairy Farmer Support program, Lauren was a consultant at CADE for four years working with dairy farms on added value production, market research and developing community creamery opportunities. Lauren is based in New York City, where she has spent fifteen years starting and managing innovative community food projects. These include the Bed-Stuy Farm Share, a multi-farm multi-site CSA (community supported agriculture) with an explicit food sovereignty mission; Milk Not Jails, a marketing and distribution social enterprise putting money in the hands of farmers and power in the hands of the criminal justice movement; and Farmers of the World, a producer cooperative incubator [...]