On Wednesday, April 20, 2017, Sustainable Long Island’s Director of Communications and Development, Gabrielle Lindau, and Program Manager, Erika Hill, joined SUNY College at Old Westbury for a very special Earth Week presentation.
Joined by Assistant Professor Chris Hartmann, Ph.D., from the Department of Public Health, Erika and Gabrielle presented to the school’s Environmental Justice class. The team discussed the barriers many Long Island communities face when seeking access to healthy and nutritious foods, and how environmental racism has intensified food insecurity; putting a growing number of Long Islanders at risk for hunger, limited food access, and related social, economic and health consequences.
Sustainable Long Island currently works with several youth-staffed farmers’ markets, community gardens and corner stores in low income neighborhoods to provide fresh produce and healthy food options. In addition, these programs provide an economic advantage in the regional food system. To date, the results have proven that these communities are making overall smarter nutritional choices and better long-term decisions in the improvement of environmental health.