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Localizing Our Food Supply

Posted on April 22, 2008

I figured Earth Day was as good a day as any to write abut a project my friend Chuck Templeton has been working on down at IIT. Chuck is a big fan of all things green and has been focusing a lot of his efforts (outside the day job) on localizing the food supplies of local restaurants.

After consulting a number of restaurants Chuck then started working with the IIT Institute of Design’s Social Entrepreneurship program on a project designed to come up with ideas on how restaurants can localize their food supply and green themselves.

You can actually go check out the results of this project on May 7th from 6:30pm - 9:3pm at 350 N LaSalle Street, room 202.

Just make sure to register so that Chuck can get a head count.  I’ll be there and am looking forward to it.

I’ll leave you with a little blurb on the event from Chuck:

Join some of tomorrow’s leading designers as they present their recommendations in strengthening the local economy between farmers, restaurants, jobs and the community. Food is obviously important to our well being, but food production has some of the biggest impacts on the environment.

The world renowned IIT Institute of Design launched a Social Entrepreneurship program and graduate students will be presenting the results of their research to increase the vitality of the local farming community (increasing the diversity in our food supply system), helping local restaurants localize their supplier base (less food miles and more money staying in the community), increase the number of local jobs and helping the community become more sustainable. The project includes carbon off-sets, renewable energy, composting and recycling, bio-fuels, energy conservation and many other aspects that are important in building a sustainable future.

The recommendations are an important step at creating a local food system that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. The project uses one of Chicago’s leading restaurant groups is the test case.

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  1. SHARKRIDE April 22, 2008 6:35 pm

    […] The outdoor spaces could also be used for urban farming, and localizing the food supply. […]

  2. Matt J. April 22, 2008 6:38 pm

    check out an architectural concept that could be used for urban farming and localizing food supplies:

    http://sharkride.com/blog/2008/04/22/skyscraper-with-outdoor-landscape-spaces/