Environmental Sustainability and Dietary Guidance: What Is the Dietitian's Role?

Recorded Webinar

Learn from a sustainability expert, Tim Griffin, how the RDN can provide valuable information to customers and clients about animal/plant agriculture, organic vs. conventional, and affordability of sustainably produced food.

  • Release Date: June 25, 2019
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This webinar was presented live on June 25, 2019.

Should environmental sustainability be coupled with nutritional guidance that dietetic professionals give to their clients and consumers? In a recent survey about sustainability, dietitians’ requests for information fell mainly into three buckets: animal/plant agriculture, organic vs conventional, and affordability of sustainably produced food. 

Tim Griffin will cover these topics with evidence-based, unbiased facts, addressing the complexities of how the food we eat impacts the environment. Dr. Griffin served as an advisor on agriculture and the environment to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The resulting Scientific Report recommended including policies on agriculture, energy, water use, and transportation with dietary guidance, but these did not appear in the final Guidelines. Join us to hear a respected expert tackle these multi-faceted issues on a healthy diet and a healthy planet.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 4030, 8018, 1070, 7120
Performance Indicators: 13.2.4, 7.2.4, 8.1.2

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply science-based advice on how to choose a healthful diet that is also environmentally sustainable.
  2. Craft viable nutrition education messaging for low-income clients on sustainable, nutritious diets that are affordable.
  3. Discuss the complexities of both plan and animal agriculture’s impact on environmental sustainability.


Tim Griffin, PhD

Timothy Griffin is the director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment program, as well as an associate professor at the Friedman School. His primary interests are the intersection of agriculture and the environment, and the development and implementation of sustainable production systems.

Griffin's current research is focused on the environmental impacts of agriculture (nutrient flows, carbon retention and loss, and climate change), and impacts of policy on adoption of agricultural practices and systems. His past research responsibilities have included field and lab components addressing: crop management, alternative crop development, short- and long-term effects of cropping systems on potato yield and quality, management strategies to improve soil quality, manure nitrogen and phosphorus availability, soil carbon sequestration and cycling, emission of greenhouse gases from high-value production systems, and grain production for organic dairy systems.

  • Release Date: June 25, 2019