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    GMU and AU hope to educate the public on the environmental implications of "eating green".

    It’s National Environmental Education Week and whether you’re looking to plant your first organic garden or figure out the best way to explain the virtues of eating green to your first-grader, the experts at American and George Mason universities have got you covered.

    This week, AU and GMU announced respective plans to host a series of workshops focused on sustainable eating.

    “Eating Green: A Conversation about Food, Consumption, and Sustainability” will cap off American University’s Earth Week celebrations on April 22. The Earth Day conference, which is being held in honor of recently deceased food educator and activist Andrew Wolf, will focus on the potential effects of our food choices on issues relating to sustainability and social justice.

    Ed Bruske, of The Slow Cook, The Otesha Project and Beanfields Community Garden, will lead the interactive workshops on sustainable gardening, composting, canning, cooking, purchasing and other food-related topics. The conference will conclude with a Vegan Story Time and discussion of vegan children’s literature with VegBooks.

    George Mason University’s newly forged Sustainability Institute (MSI) hopes to extend the sustainability discussion to the year’s end. The Institute will offer its very first public workshop -- covering organic gardening -- on April 23 from 10-11:30 a.m. Adria Bordas, who holds a masters degree in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis will instruct participants. A second workshop on composting for healthy garden soil will take place on April 27 and will be lead by soil scientist for the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Dan Schwartz.

    American University’s “Eating Green: A Conversation about Food, Consumption, and Sustainability" conference events will take place April 22, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public. Click here for directions and a complete schedule of events.

    The George Mason Sustainability Institute’s requires workshop participants to register and pay a free. You can learn more about MSI’s offerings here.