AU Award Winners for Wasted Food Education

Hannah Jardine (fifth from the left) is presented the Staff & Faculty Collaboration Award by AU executive cabinet members.

RECIPES Fellow & AU professorial lecturer Kristine Beran and the AU Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning’s Hannah Jardine were awarded the 2024 American University Staff and Faculty Collaboration Award for their development of the course “Food for Thought: Why Waste?”.

The course, piloted in fall 2023, has fostered a vibrant scholarly community and led to national adoption and influence. Their inclusive design approach and collaborative efforts have propelled the course’s success, with their curriculum serving as the cornerstone for a forthcoming public education campaign. Their impact extends beyond academia, aligning with federal initiatives to address food waste and greenhouse gas emissions, ultimately driving cultural change toward social justice and environmental sustainability.

“The course the Hannah and Kristine have created, “Food for Thought: Why Waste?” is the jewel of the network’s efforts thus far,” Professor Matthew Hartings wrote in his nomination.

Congratulations, Kristine and Hannah!