GW Foodies Shine

The GW Food Institute faculty and staff are incredibly proud of our student affiliates who have been recognized by the University for their service and leadership.

Chloe King ’18 was awarded the Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service Learning, a fellowship that recognizes, rewards, and facilitates creative public service and academic engagement. Chloe’s project, designed with Food Institute Director Kathleen Merrigan, will help reduce wasted food and educate students about the environmental impacts of wasted food in DC public schools.

Izzy Moody ’19, Food Institute Student Fellow, won the Eco-Equity Challenge and will be implementing a sensor system for carbon dioxide throughout the DC metro area. She and her partner, Logan Malik ’18, will also work with DC area schools to integrate the sensors into curriculum and teach students about climate change and air quality.

Kayla Williams ’17, Sustainability Collaborative Student Fellow, was awarded the Manatt-Trachtenberg Prize, which is awarded to a graduating senior who has “most significantly challenged the social and intellectual conscience of the George Washington University while displaying leadership, competence, integrity, and goodwill in carrying out University responsibilities.” Among many of her contributions to GW, Kayla was instrumental in allowing students to use their dining dollars to buy a CSA share from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative which connects students to the local food system and encourages healthy eating.

Stephanie Westhelle GWSB ’17 was a finalist in the GW New Venture Competition, the fifth largest collegiate business plan competition in the country. The venture, the Forgotten Fruit, creates snacks from misshapen food that is “too good to be forgotten.”

In addition, the Sustainability Collaborative recognized student research with inaugural prizes for sustainability at Research Days. Elyaa Hammad ’17 was awarded the Sustainability prize in the category of Development, Equity, and Social Justice for her project “Muslim Women and Low-Income Families Learning Basic Computer Skills.” The prize for Sustainability in the category of Energy and Environment was awarded to Joseph Schiarizzi ’18 for his project “Raspberry Pi Cluster Load Balancer to Conserve Electricity in Server Farm.” The Graduate Prize for Sustainability was awarded to Marietta Gelfort for her work “Green Infrastructure Implementation for Stormwater Management through the Lens of Lessons Learned: Cleveland OH, and Milwaukee, WI.”

Congratulations to all!