Prof. Aydogan Informs UN Food Systems Summit

Professor Ahu Aydogan presented as a member of the panel discussion for the Food Systems Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City (panelists Anna Dyson, Founding Director, and Professor, Yale CEA; Eike Sindlinger, Lead for Food and Agriculture, ARUP; Mark Bomford, Director, Yale Sustainable Food Program; Dr. Raymond M. Wheeler, Lead Plant Physiologist, Lead for Advanced Life Support Research, NASA; and Christina Ciardullo AIA, Ph.D. Student, Yale CEA). This presentation, “Emerging Plant-Based Systems for Improving Air Quality and Reducing Energy Consumption,” will be made available at Beyond Urban Agriculture as part of the UN Food Systems Summit on September 23.

The UN Food Systems Summit was announced by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on World Food Day last October as a part of the Decade of Action for delivery on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The aim of the summit is to deliver progress on all 17 of the SDGs through a food systems approach, leveraging the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty, and inequality.

The Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture has collaborated with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to curate an interactive exhibition and website featuring a series of virtual panels and presentations on the subject of potential synergistic benefits of urban vegetation and green infrastructure, and the challenge of providing adequate nutrition to urban populations while reducing the environmental impacts of agricultural methods.