The 2nd annual Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference took place in Anchorage in May. It focused on Alaska’s role in leading the energy transition from established renewable sources to innovative and emerging technologies. The conference explored the future of energy in Alaska and on a global scale, the intersection of geopolitical upheaval with food and energy security, the latest advancements in renewable power, transmission, and storage, and much more.
NMS’s Executive Chef, Amy Foote, was personally invited to present by Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy since greenhouses are keys to reducing land, water, and energy usage, as well as using food as medicine.
Chef Amy presented with Lorrie Irwin from the Space Farming Institute. Their partnership enables NMS to grow traditional and nutrient-dense foods year-round and sustainably. Amy and Lorrie work together to keep traditional foods available without impacting ancestral harvesting grounds, increase their nutritional value, research light spectrum for taste, and extend their shelf life by growing locally. This work is the first of its kind in the nation and happening here in Alaska.
During their breakout session, Amy and Lorrie shared how they developed scalable indoor agriculture solutions. The foods Lorrie grows a the Space Farming Institute are used by Chef Amy in the Traditional Food Program at the Alaska Native Medical Center, the largest tribal-run healthcare organization in the country.
Among the attendees were visionaries, researchers, policymakers, and investors from across the world.
Learn more about the conference at: https://alaskasustainableenergy.com/