For my capstone, I decided to focus on food sustainability and how people in the SLA community can lessen their personal food waste. I did this by creating the “SLA Pledge to Food Sustainability.” I chose this topic because of my interest in food, its systems, and its environmental impact. My first step was to gather participants of students, teachers, and parents at SLA and ask them what they knew about food sustainability. Then, over the course of eight weeks, I prompted them to try out new sustainability techniques such as meal planning, using more leftovers and trying out low-waste recipes. I also gave them tips on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle each week. After sending out four of these surveys over the course of two months, I analyzed the results to see what a small sample of people thought of food sustainability. After this, I decided to put my findings, plus all of the resources I used, on a website so more people could utilize the information. Although completing my capstone during the pandemic presented its challenges, I am proud that I was able to do everything I could do, especially it all being online.
You can find my final website here: https://mberger21.wixsite.com/mysite
Here is my annotated bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16ydFI6gOmKzcCm6kdPn3UTLntUHKzPL_WOfCcORGAEo/edit?usp=sharing
Example of planned meal through my capstone surveys