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This Way to Sustainability Conference XI
Keynote Presentations


Thursday, March 24, 2016
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up

Dr. Daphne Miller, MD

Family Physician, Writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of San Francisco

Book Signing to Follow

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up
Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of "food as medicine" and introduces us to the critical idea that it's the farm where that food is grown that offers us the real medicine.
By venturing out of her clinic and spending time on seven family farms, Miller uncovers all the aspects of farming—from seed choice to soil management—that have a direct and powerful impact on our health. Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Miller shares lessons learned from inspiring farmers and biomedical researchers and artfully weaves their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the narrative. The result is a compelling new vision for sustainable healing and a treasure trove of farm-to-body lessons that have immense value in our daily lives.

Daphne Miller, MD, is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. In 2000 she founded WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice, where she provides care for patients across the lifespan. Part clinician, part ecologist, and part anthropologist, Dr. Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing are found not only in the medical system but in such unexpected places as home kitchens, school gardens, community organizations, spiritual centers, farms, and nature trails. Throughout her career, her teaching, writing, and advocacy work has reflected this perspective.

In her latest book, Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up
What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing (William Morrow, 2013), Miller discovers how learning from sustainable farmers can make her a better doctor. Her first book, the Jungle Effect (HarperCollins 2008), a Northern California Bestseller, chronicles her voyages to areas around the world that are still relatively free of modern chronic diseases. Miller is a regular contributor to the Health section of the Washington Post and has been interviewed and profiled in a wide range of publications and media outlets, including the New York Times, O Magazine, Harvard Medical Magazine, Vogue, the Michael Krasny Show and the Dr Oz Show. She has spoken in such venues as Google Headquarters, the Yale Ideas Festival, the Commonwealth Club, Chubu Hospital in Okinawa Japan, and PINC in the Netherlands.

Miller is a nationally recognized leader in the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, an effort
spearheaded by the National Parks Service to build linkages between our medical system and our park system in order to reintegrate human, environmental, and ecological health. Her
2009 Washington Post article “Take a Hike and Call Me in the Morning” is widely credited with
sparking “nature prescriptions,” a concept that is rapidly gaining traction across the United States.

A graduate of Brown University where she majored in Health and Society, Miller received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency and NIH-funded research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a Bravewell Fellow at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, where she continues to teach as a visiting professor. She also serves as an advisor to a number of non-profits, including the Institute of the Golden Gate, Education Outside, and the Edible Schoolyard Foundation.


Sandra Postel

Thursday, March 24, 2016
The Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
4:00-5:00 pm

The Global Freshwater Challenge: New Solutions for a Thirsty World

Sandra Postel

Director of Global Water Policy Project

The Global Freshwater Challenge: New Solutions for a Thirsty World
Around the world, signs of water trouble abound.  Rivers are running dry, lakes are shrinking, and groundwater is being depleted. Climate disruption is altering the global water cycle. From Australia to Brazil to California, severe droughts have forced curtailments of water use.  The question arises: can we meet our future water needs while at the same time sustaining the ecosystems that support our economies and the planet’s web of life? The answer is yes, but requires that we do two things: shrink our human water footprint and restore water to depleted rivers and ecosystems.  Change the Course, a national freshwater restoration initiative, is building a movement to do just that. 

Sandra Postel directs the Global Water Policy Project, and lectures, writes and consults on global water issues.  In 2010 she was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where she co-created Change the Course, the national freshwater restoration campaign spearheaded by National Geographic, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Participant Media.

Sandra is the author of several acclaimed books, including the award-winning Last Oasis, which appears in eight languages and was the basis for a PBS documentary.  She has written more than one hundred articles for popular and scholarly publications, and has appeared in some half dozen films, including the BBC’s Planet Earth, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The 11th Hour.  

The recipient of several honorary degrees, Sandra has been named a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment and one of the Scientific American 50 for promoting “sweeping changes aimed at preserving the world’s dwindling supplies of freshwater.”



Friday, March 25, 2016
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
3:00-4:00 p.m.

Eat the View: The Fight for Edible Landscapes

Roger Doiron

Founder and Director of Kitchen Gardens International (KGI)

Eat the View: The Fight for Edible Landscapes
Sometimes the best solution to a big problem is not a single, big one but many little ones. In his globe-trotting presentation entitled "Eat the View," Roger Doiron tells the story of how millions of people are taking on big, international problems like diet-related disease, climate change and social injustice by growing small, edible gardens. Doiron focuses his spotlight in particular on an inspiring group of change-makers who've taken risks and encountered opposition in their efforts to promote gardens and healthy foods. Despite some high-profile victories for food gardens over the past five years, Doiron points out that the fight for more edible landscapes is still in its early stages. More resources and leadership will be needed for the food garden movement to grow and realize its full potential. Offering a message of hope and empowerment, Doiron invites his audience to become the next generation of garden groundbreakers.

Roger Doiron is founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), a Maine-based nonprofit network of over 30,000 individuals from 120 countries who are taking a hands-on approach to relocalizing the food supply. In 2007, he was chosen as a Food and Community Fellow.

In addition to his kitchen garden advocacy work, Doiron is a free-lance writer and public speaker specializing in gardening and sustainable food systems. His articles on food, agriculture and gardening have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Organic Gardening magazine, Mother Earth News, and Saveur. His work and ideas have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, New York Times and the Washington Post. His successful proposal and petition campaign to replant a kitchen garden at the White House gathered over 100,000 signatures and international media coverage and was voted the grand prize winner of the “On Day One” contest sponsored by the United Nations Foundation. Doiron’s work on the White House campaign also earned him the “Heart of Green” award , the Garden Crusader Award, recognition as one of the country’s top five “Green Game Changers“ by the readers and editors of the Huffington Post and one of the ”10 Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food“ by the editors of Fast Company magazine.

Although grounded in his own local food system, Doiron remains interested in and connected to international food issues. Doiron first became involved in food issues in Europe as head of Friends of the Earth’s European office in Brussels during the 1990s at the height of the Europe’s mad cow furor. He was also part of the American NGO delegation to the last UN World Food Summit. Doiron is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Holy Cross College and holds a Master of International Relations degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.


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