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UNH Names First Thomas W. Haas Professor of Sustainable Food Systems

Joane Burke, currently an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of New Hampshire, has been named the first Thomas W. Haas Professor of Sustainable Food Systems.  The position is funded by a gift from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  

Burke says she’s already been working hard to help create a regional sustainability plan, with the organization Food Solutions New England. But with the $1 million dollar gift to the University from Thomas Haas and the Charitable Foundation, Burke says she’ll be able to put more time and energy into sustainability.

I will still be able to teach and help direct the dietetic internship, but now I will have more time to focus on the sustainability work that I used to have to do on the periphery.

Burke’s work focuses on nutritional planning for a food system that is sustainable in the long term.