hours of Professional Development
5.5 hours Face to Face,4 hours pre-workshop, 2.5 hours post-workshop
Facilitated by Earth Ethics
This workshop consists of 4 sessions, each is focused on food production
and sustainability. The global food web has become increasingly more
complicated with the industrialization and globalization of our world.
In this workshop, participants will build upon exploration of their own
relationship with food to delve deeper into the interconnections between
food, politics, health, environment, ethics and justice. Participants
will explore topics of how food is produced, where food comes from, and
the true costs of food quality, quantity and availability. Readings and
discussion will assess the physical, cultural, economic, social, and
ecological implications of food and the food industry. It will be taught
as a group-facilitated discussion, and broken into four sessions. Each
sessions readings will be supported by additional resources, including
web resources, videos, and other suggested materials for use in the
classroom. (This is part one of a two-part workshop series.)
-Identify one’s role and relationship to
complex food systems
-Analyze the geopolitics of food systems,
including hunger, subsidies, and externalized costs
-Examine the influence of politics on food
policy, production and distribution
-Connect the impacts of food production
methods, additives, and packaging to human and ecosystem health
-Apply concepts to strengthen one’s ability to
influence change and promote sustainability within the political and
social aspects of food systems
-Describe ways to effectively incorporate
complex food system concepts into curriculum, as well as explore
-Develop a curriculum component related to the
interconnection of food, politics, health, environment, ethics and
Participants must attend ALL 4 sessions and complete all requirements to
earn 12 FPD credits, partial credit will not be awarded. Evaluation will
include completion of assigned readings prior to sessions two through
four - minimum of four hours and completion of workshop. Finally,
participant must develop a discipline specific lesson plan or course
module that incorporates key concepts of this workshop. Lesson plan is
due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the
end of the workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage.
has served as director of the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) since 2004.
Ms. Ahern-Hettich has served on several boards and committees including:
Environmental Education Providers of Miami-Dade County, Advisory
Committee of South Florida Environmental Art Project, Inc.; Economic,
Social and Health Issues Committee of the Miami-Dade County Climate
Change Advisory Task Force, Be Healthy Board, and City of Miami Green
served as EEI Program Professional for InterAmerican Campus since 2012.
Matthews holds an M.S. in environmental studies from Florida
International University. He has taught on the faculty of Florida Gulf
Coast University’s Marine and Ecological Sciences Department and as an
adjunct professor at Florida International University.
served as EEI Program Professional at Kendall Campus since 2012. Ms.
Kolitz holds a B.S. in Psychology, and has completed graduate course
work in Environmental Studies and Education. She has more than 10 years
of experience in program coordination, environmental education, and
public outreach. Ms. Kolitz worked in the Education Department of
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Program Professional at Wolfson Campus. She has worked in environmental
education, community outreach, and professional development for more
than 12 years as an adjunct professor, and at Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden and the US Department of Agriculture. Ms. Walker received her
B.S. and M.S. degrees in Plant Sciences from University of Florida.
is EEI Program Professional at North Campus. Mr. Nesvacil served as
Chaplain Emeritus at Unity on the Bay and developed and facilitated The
Green Intention Workshop as part of a process to participate in the
Unity Worldwide Ministries EarthCare Program. In addition, Nesvacil is
certified to facilitate “The 21-Day Q Process,” an integrated cognitive
shadow-work practice that weaves together the latest research emerging
from neurobiology, developmental psychology, family systems theory,
attachment theory, quantum science and perennial spiritual wisdom.