Monthly Forum: Sustainable Food Trends

January 25, 2020

Photo Credit: Entrepreneurial Chef at

Photo Credit: Entrepreneurial Chef at

  What’s new in food? How can we create a more sustainable food ecosystem that addresses the environmental, social, and financial realities of the impact of food on our environment? Come join GreenHomeNYC on Wednesday, February 19th, for the February forum, Sustainable Food Trends, where we’ll be exploring trends and innovations that are curbing food waste, pushing the limits on plant-based diets, eliminating food packaging, farming indoors through aeroponics, and lowering the carbon footprint of what’s in your plate.  

This event will have some exciting surprises. Here’s a sneak peak:

**Food for All will be giving away a free meal code

**Imperfect Foods will have a raffle for a free box of produce

  In addition, a volunteer orientation will take place right before the event, starting at 6 PM. If you’re interested in joining GreenHomeNYC as a volunteer, please sign up at   Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Place: WeWork – Tower 49, 12 E 49th Street, 18th Floor   Speakers for the event will include: Matthew Hayek // Assitant Professor at New York University, Department of Environmental Studies Andy Rose // Supply Chain Planner at Loop Sabine Valenga // Co-Founder at Food for All Emily Gee // Marketing and Communications Manager, AeroFarms  

More speakers to be announced.

Register here!  


Matthew Hayek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies. He received his PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard, where he later went on to do his postdoc in climate policy and law.

Hayek’s research quantifies the environmental impacts of our food system, with a specific focus on its contributions to climate change. He has previously published in the areas of atmospheric physics, forest terrestrial ecology, and agricultural management. His most recent paper concerns the relative impacts of grass-fed vs. conventional beef production on methane emissions and land use in the US. In his ongoing research, he currently models the consequences of large-scale dietary changes, comparing the results of shifting to food consumption habits to other carbon mitigation strategies such as bioenergy and carbon capture.

  Andy Rose is a sustainability enthusiast focused on circular economy initiatives. Andy is an engineer by education and has worked in software development, food supply chains and currently works at TerraCycle on the Loop Initiative as the US Supply Chain Planner. He is passionate about building ecological awareness and participating in communities that foster meaningful connections.        

Sabine Valenga is a designer and food-tech entrepreneur. After finishing her degree in Architectural Design from Columbia University, where she focused her studies on how technology and design can generate a positive impact on our cities, she co-founded Food for All with the mission of stopping good food from being wasted. As their CMO, she leads their branding and marketing efforts and is determined to make “becoming zero food waste” something easy and desirable for both businesses and consumers.


Emily Gee is the Marketing and Communications Manager at AeroFarms, a clean-technology company which builds and operates resource-efficient, state-of-the-art vertical farms in urban environments, helping transform agriculture. As a Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies and named one of the Top 25 Disruptive Companies by Inc. and one of TIME’s Best Inventions.

In her current work, Emily owns the brand voice, digital content and in-person activations for both AeroFarms and Dream Greens. AeroFarms is the sustainable farm and technology which grows Dream Greens, a sustainably-focused CPG brand available in the tri-state area. With a tenure in social impact and environmental sustainability engagement, she holds a M.A. in Strategic Public Relations and Certificate in Business from the University of Southern California, where she was recognized as a Discovery Scholar for her work in environmental communications research.