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MAHWAH, N.J. — The Ramapo College Masters in Sustainability Studies Program will hold the second lecture in its 2016 series “Lessons of Sustainability: Voices of Key Practitioners” on Wednesday, February 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Friends Hall (SC-219). Guest speaker Gary Oppenheimer will discuss “ Making Food Waste into Plenty.” The event is free and open to the public.

Gary Oppenheimer is the founder of the non-profit organization, which uses information and technology to channel excess produce and fruit from gardens to food pantries nationwide. Not only is waste avoided and hungry families fed, but communities learn how to work together to take responsibility for the ethical challenges they face.

Oppenheimer has been widely heralded for the success of, which launched nationwide in 2009. He is a CNN Hero, a 2013 Purpose Prize Fellow, receiver of the Points of Light Tribute, named Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” and “2011 Game Changer“ and winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation’s “Making A Difference” award, among other accolades. works closely with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative and she has cited the project in her talks. Oppenheimer’s frequent lectures include a TED presentation and a Google Tech Talk. Drawn to the mountains of northern New Jersey, he is Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward, former community garden director and Environmental Commissioner in northern New Jersey.

Those attending the lecture should acquire a parking permit from the guard booth at the north entrance of the campus. For additional information or an advance parking permit, contact Professor Michael R. Edelstein at


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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