Conway Director Paul Cawood Hellmund will speak at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Hamilton College on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Talks at both New York college campuses are free and open to the public.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 pm, Albright Auditorium.

“Fitting Local Food into the Landscape: Prospects for planning and design across scales to enhance food security.”

Today in many communities in the country there is a heightened sense of urgency to find ways to enhance food production within the community—near where people live. In part this is because some people are questioning the sustainability of fuel-consumptive, long-distance hauling of food—frequently from over thousands of miles. Also, more people desire the kind of fresh, nutritious food that is most readily grown locally.

But how would our communities and regions have to be retooled to realize more of the potential of local foods? What ways are there to envision landscapes as integrated food systems?

HWS talk coordinator: Prof. Jeffrey Blankenship,


Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Wednesday, Oct.17, 7:30 pm, Fillius Events Barn (in the Tolles Pavilion, Beinecke Student Activities Building)

“Greenways: Reconnecting the social and ecological fabric of a fragmented world”


Increasingly we humans have fragmented the world around us, changing the way people live and nature functions. Wildlife habitat has been made smaller and more isolated, compromising ecological diversity. Similarly, people find themselves living in ways that are often cut off from each other and from nature.
Creating greenways is a key to protecting landscapes, allowing wildlife to move freely, and finding appropriate ways to bring people into nature. Encompassing everything from urban trail corridors to river floodplains to wilderness-like linkages, greenways preserve or improve the integrity of the landscape, not only by stemming the loss of natural features, but also by engendering new natural and social functions.

This talk will be part of the Sustainability Program Lectures of the Levitt Speaker Series

Hamilton College talk coordinator: Sharon Topi,, 315-859-4451