Next-Gen Influencers ‘Dish It Out’ Over Food and Sustainability

Watch this lively, virtual discussion on the exciting intersection of food and sustainability. This networking event offered young sustainability professionals a chance to connect and examine how food choices influence their carbon footprint.

Food, a fundamental necessity for sustaining life, defies simplicity. It's more than just grabbing an apple and taking a bite. People need to carefully consider the origins of their food, their cooking methods, and how to responsibly handle leftovers–especially for those who are concerned about limiting their carbon footprint.

While there are several food services out there to automate these decisions, younger generations are looking to find a more sustainable approach to cooking. To help, Green Builder Media hosted a Next Generation Influencers Group (NGIG) meeting–“Dish It Out”–on April 2 focused on food sustainability.

From food sourcing methods like gardening and local farmers markets to examining cooking practices and responsible food disposal through composting, our agenda promises a rich discussion on how individual dietary choices can impact our carbon footprint.

With guest speaker Caroline Saunders, Le Cordon Bleu-trained baker and founder of climate-friendly baking newsletter Pale Blue Tart, it was an engaging and informative session.


After Caroline’s presentation, we switched to an open forum to offer attendees a chance to share their professional and personal experiences with food and its impact on their sustainable living journey.

Green Builder Media jumpstarted the conversation by presenting our latest COGNITION Smart Data discoveries concerning sustainable food and broader housing trends.

Here's a sneak peek of some intriguing data trends we're observing:

  • The top 3 factors for crafting the perfect outdoor living space: incorporating water conservation design elements, enhancing food production via gardening, and prioritizing rainwater collection.
  • The top 3 most crucial landscaping elements: including edible plants/flowers, emphasizing drought-tolerant plants and xeriscape design choices, and incorporating garden beds.
  • Approximately 40% of prospective homeowners deem living near a community garden as an extremely important factor in their decision-making process for choosing a place to live.

Between Caroline’s presentation, the open forum, and our COGNITION insights, this event was jam-packed with valuable information for those interested in food, sustainability, and decarbonization. 

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CarolineSaundersAbout our presenter
Caroline is a freelance food writer obsessed with what we'll be eating in the climate era. Her writing has appeared in outlets like Grist, one5c , and Smart Mouth , and she writes the climate-friendly baking newsletter Pale Blue Tart. She has a pastry diploma from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, and holds a bachelor's degree in English and in Environmental Studies from Vanderbilt University. She's also created and hosted the podcast The Sustainable Baker, co-wrote the book Craft Beef: A Revolution of Small Farms and Big Flavors, and has been the recipient of a writing residency sponsored by Leonardo Dicaprio's foundation Earth Alliance.