Berg Center Sponsors Food Conscious Pittsburgh Initiative

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Food sustainability and food access are critically important to the mission of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration.

Previously, the Berg Center supported research that led to the development of a Food Abundance Index Scorecard to map out food deserts in the City of Pittsburgh and other urban areas.  A food desert is a geographic location whose residents lack access to affordable and nutritious food.

Recently, the Berg Center co-sponsored the inaugural Food Conscious Luncheon in Pittsburgh at the Smallman Galley restaurant space.

Food Conscious, which until now has only held events in Cleveland and Columbus, is dedicated to connecting the business community to the local food movement. The effort involves creating awareness of food-based philanthropic activities and to attract investment for healthy, local, and sustainable food-based businesses.

Food Concious’ mission is to “connect the business communication to the local food movement.” These luncheons have been an effective tool for creating a local dialogue around food security issues as well as an opportunity to feature local chefs, entrepreneurs, and food-related non-profit organizations.

The event speakers focused on local food finance and philanthropy. They included the following individuals:

  • ​Dr. Audrey Murrell - Director, David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Associate Dean, Pitt Business
  • Scott Baker - president and CEO, 5 Generations Bakers
  • Joe Bute - president, Hollymead Capital / CEO Tomanetti Food Products
  • Karen Dreyer - Southwest PA Food Security Partnership Director, Pittsburgh Food Bank​

In addition to its other food-related projects, the Berg Center is in the process of financing a social documentary on food recovery and the food ecosystem.

Established in 1999, the Berg Center is committed to adding value to organizations through ethical leadership. The Berg Center focuses on research, education, and community-based partnerships with impact.

To learn more, visit the Berg Center website.