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Doane University's Institute for Human and Planetary Health to hold second annual symposium

Doane University's Institute for Human and Planetary Health to hold second annual symposium

IHPH Symposium

The Institute for Human and Planetary Health (IHPH) at Doane University is excited to host its second annual symposium, Symposium 2019: “Finding Leverage for Systems Change in Food, Water, Energy, and Economics,” a two-day community event focused on empowering climate change advocates, community leaders, and university students with the knowledge to create a healthy, sustainable planet.


This year’s event brings much-needed attention on the topics of:


  • Growing food sustainably
  • Transitioning your farm
  • Markets for food and food products
  • Self-reliant rural communities
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Alternative economic systems


The symposium will be held November 1-2, 2019 at Heckman Auditorium on Doane’s Crete campus. Friday, November 1 features keynotes and sessions led by environmental experts from around the country, while Saturday, November 2 is reserved for discussion-based workshops focused on community resilience.


Confirmed speakers include:


Dr. Joshua Farley, Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. In his keynote address, Dr. Farley will examine the economics of food, energy, water, health care and ecosystem services, and describe the challenges they present for a market economy.


Ted Genoways, acclaimed journalist and author. Mr. Genoways will provide an inside look at his book, This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm, which follows a family through a year in the life of their farm, against the backdrop of a changing American socioeconomic and political landscape.


Dr. Amanda McKinney, MD, Executive Director of the Institute for Human and Planetary Health. Dr. McKinney brings her expertise on finding leverage for change in our most important systems, in order to improve sustainability and more resilience.


Dr. Andrea Holmes, professor of Chemistry at Doane and the Chief Growth Officer of Precision Plant Molecules in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Holmes is an expert in industrial hemp.


Community Resilience Building workshops on Saturday, November 2 give attendees an option to choose from among three workshops focused on the following:


  • Local Food and Agricultural Security -- Experts in food security and sustainable agriculture will share how communities can be more self-reliant around the production of food and how farmers can transition to more sustainable and profitable practices.

  • “All We Need is Here!” -- Available funding opportunities for individual entrepreneurs and communities focused on housing, infrastructure, renewable energy projects, and more will be discussed.

  • Rural and Community Health -- Learn about resources available to promote health and wellness for yourself and your local community.


IHPH is also pleased to host a new fundraising event the evening of November 1 at The Brew House, featuring a silent auction and music by the Omaha-based duo, The Shineys.


The symposium seeks participation from farmers, community leaders, university and high school faculty and undergraduates and high school students in Nebraska and surrounding states, as well as experts and leaders from organizations and groups dedicated to food, energy and sustainability.


Free tickets to Symposium 2019 will be available to university and high school students with a valid student ID. Tickets for each day are $10 and includes lunch.


If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or getting involved, please email to learn more.



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