The Gillings Sustainable Agriculture Project: A Gillings Innovative Laboratory

About The Project


The Gillings Sustainable Agriculture Project is a Gillings Innovative Laboratory through the Gillings School of Global Public Health

Can eating local address obesity, the environment, and economic viability?

Goal: To study the public health impact of moving toward a local, sustainable food system. Click here to learn more. 


Dr. Alice Ammerman – professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, leads a large collaborative team gathering health, environmental and economic data within North Carolina.

Partners: UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; numerous UNC departments, including Nutrition, Anthropology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering; NC State’s Center for Environmental Farming Systems; the Renaissance Computing Institute; Center for Sustainable Community Design; Office of Economic and Business Development, N.C. A&T faculty; the Documentary Studies Department at Duke; Orange County Economic Development offices; and the North Carolina Division of Public Health.


The UNC study will last two years.


This project is supported by a Gillings Innovation Laboratory award from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The award is funded through a generous gift to the UNC Gillings School of Public Health from Dennis and Joan Gillings.

This project is the 8th Gillings Innovation Laboratory to receive funding.


Research is being conducted across North Carolina.




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