Author Anna Lappé to headline Ecology Center's annual fall event Nov. 12

Best-selling author Anna Lappé will be the featured speaker at the Ecology Center’s annual fall event, Wednesday, November 12, at Zingerman's Cornman Farms in Dexter.

Anna LappeLappé is one of the most respected and influential advocates working for a more sustainable food system in America today. Her latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, was named as one of the best environmental books of 2010. She also is the co-author of Hope’s Edge, which chronicles social movements fighting hunger around the world, and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, showcasing the ecological and social benefits of sustainable food.

Mayor John HieftjeAnn Arbor Mayor John Hieftje will receive the Ecology Center's Herbert L. Munzel Award for Environmental Activism at the dinner. As mayor of Ann Arbor since 2000, Hieftje has advocated a variety of environmental initiatives that will benefit the city, its people and the larger region for generations to come, according to Ecology Center director Michael Garfield.

The Ecology Center’s fall event has for many years featured some of the major figures in environment activism, scholarship and policy. Food policy has become a significant focus for the Ecology Center in recent years, especially through the organization’s Healthy Food in Health Care program, part of a national campaign to expand the network of hospitals purchasing more sustainably produced food for their patients and staff. A primary goal is to make the critical link between how food is grown and distributed and public and environmental health.

“We see this as one of the key roles we play in the community, to bring together those of us who are working on major environmental issues at the local, regional and state levels, with some of the leaders in the same fields across the country,” Garfield said. "Lappé is a distinguished addition to that list."

In addition to her books, Lappé also is the founder and director of the Real Food Media Project. With her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna co-founded the Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. They are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised more than $1 million for democratic social movements worldwide.

Contact Jennifer Ketz at 734-369-9269 for reservatins for the dinner and program.

Published on October 22, 2014