The Institute for Human and Planetary Health at Doane University will 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 attention and research in the areas of sustainable agri-food systems, water policy, renewable energy and alternative economic systems.

The symposium will be held Nov. 1-2 at Heckman Auditorium on Doane’s Crete campus. Friday, Nov. 1, features keynotes and sessions led by environmental experts from around the country, while Saturday, Nov. 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, 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, journalist and author 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 its 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. McKinney brings her expertise on finding leverage for change in our most important systems, in order to improve sustainability and build more resilience.

 Community resilience workshops on Saturday, Nov. 2 include: local food and agricultural security, funding opportunities for housing and infrastructure projects and rural and community health.

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

The symposium seeks participation from university faculty and undergraduates 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 students with a valid student ID.

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