DANBURY, Conn. -- Ryan Harb, whose pioneering work in promoting sustainable food supply earned recognition from the Obama administration, will speak at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Harb will share his share experience and lessons of transforming grass lawns and neglected plots into community gardens at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
He is the coordinator of the university’s Permaculture Academic Program, campus permaculture design consultant, and sustainability manager for university dining services. Under his leadership, the UMass Permaculture Committee composed of students, faculty and staff has designed and implemented gardens based on principles and patterns found naturally in healthy ecosystems.
The UMass program received national recognition in 2012 when the Permaculture Initiative received the most votes among 1,400 university projects across the United States competing in the Obama administration’s “Champions of Change” challenge, earning Harb a trip to the White House to speak at a ceremony hosted by the President.
Warner Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus is located at 181 White St. in Danbury. Admission to the lecture is free.