CLEAN Teleconference Call February 27, 2018

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The case for integrating food systems and climate change education

Laney Siegner is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at UC Berkeley, where she studies sustainable food systems and climate change education. She graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a BA in Environmental Studies and International Relations and worked as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools for two years before beginning her graduate studies. While at ERG, Laney conducted an evaluation of Farm to School programs in the San Juan Islands, WA for her Master's thesis and worked as a Sustainable Agriculture Intern on several farms for the Lopez Island Community Land Trust. She has received fellowships from the UC Cooperative Extension Program and the NSF-funded "Innovations in the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus" research training program at UC Berkeley to conduct research at the intersection of climate change and food systems education. The outcome of this work is a 6-week curriculum for middle and high school students titled "Next Generation Food and Climate," which she piloted in 4 schools and plans to facilitate in 5 additional schools across California in Spring 2018. Laney is currently working as a Graduate Student Researcher for the Berkeley Food Institute, supporting an interdisciplinary investigation of East Bay urban agriculture. The investigation includes analysis of soil health and contamination, pollinator presence/abundance, food access and distribution strategies, and policy recommendations. Her passion for farming and climate change education motivates her future goals as a farm-based climate change educator.


  • Overview of food-agriculture-climate change relationship
  • School gardens as climate education tools: novel, timely, and connected with Farm to School program educational goals
  • Curriculum resource: 6-lesson Food and Climate Change curriculum taught both in the classroom and outside in the school garden
  • Concept of "Experiential Climate Change Education" - teach while doing something hands-on and solutions-oriented with students
  • Research to support curriculum- piloting phase (my data), experiential learning and sustainability learning research, climate change communications
  • Extensions- beyond school gardens, on-farm climate change education

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