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MCLA Green Living Seminar Series Presents ‘How and Why to Increase Plant-Based Lunch Options in Schools’ with Amie Hamlin Feb. 23

NORTH ADAMS, MA— Amie Hamlin, executive director of The Coalition for Healthy School Food, will give a talk titled “How and Why to Increase Plant-Based Lunch Options in Schools” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.


Part of MCLA’s Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public. Please note that masks are required in all buildings on MCLA’s campus.


About Amie Hamlin 

Amie Hamlin has been the executive director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food since its founding in 2004. Previously, she was the director of a non-profit environmental organization and director of a tobacco-control program to ban smoking in public places. The Coalition for Healthy School Food was founded after Hamlin wrote a NYS legislative resolution for healthy plant-based entrees and nutrition education in schools, which passed unanimously in 2004. The Coalition for Healthy School Food strategizes with schools to help them get started on a path to healthy change using Coalition for Healthy School Food recipes, curriculum, resources, teacher and food service professional development, as well as their expertise. Amie has a master’s degree in education and is certified in plant-based nutrition through E-Cornell. She is mom to a teenage daughter. In her spare time, Amie operates Growing Peace Farm, a small veganic farm outside of Ithaca, NY.


MCLA’s annual Green Living Seminar Series continues through April, presenting a series of lectures on the theme of “Greening the City.” Every semester, the Green Living Seminar Series centers around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues. Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until April 20.


The series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.


Presentations will also be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times:

  • Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays at 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
  • Mondays at 5:30 p.m.


Recordings will also be available on the College’s YouTube channel.


For more information, visit or contact Professor of Environmental Studies Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.


About MCLA:
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