UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Food Systems

The Food Systems Speaker Selection Committee is looking for presenters that draw the connection between the conference themes and our food system across all forms of higher education in California. In addition, we would love to see more presentations by food service directors. Please consider presenting on lessons learned as well as best practices.

We are looking for student, staff, and faculty from colleges in California to present.  We are interested in presentations including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Food security policy interventions
  • Equity and inclusion in the campus food landscape
  • Garden projects and campus farms
  • Subdivided trade shows specific to dining on campus
  • Combining retail and dining commons operations to increase leverage, in particular purchasing
  • Getting large dining contractors to purchase local and sustainable food products (contains a procurement element)
  • Comparisons of tracking systems such as Real food calculator, Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) dining assessments, etc.
  • Cost comparisons of switching from conventional to higher end products

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, relationship to the conference theme “data-driven change and engagement”, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Food Systems” on the left hand side of the screen to see the food systems related sessions at last year’s conference.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in sustainable food service or one of our other categories this year.  Several new award categories have been added! You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.