Lexicon of Sustainability

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Who Needs a Lexicon of Sustainability?

People like you. Consumers need information to make smart choices about the food they eat and feed their families.
Teachers and students. Our schools lack the proper tools for field-based learning.
Farmers. Our most important land stewards are focused on new market development in order to solve economic and environmental problems.
Communities. From farmers markets to faith groups, communities recognize that building a healthy local food system creates a healthy community.
Policymakers. In order to know what interests their constituency most, first everyone must speak the same language.
Business. The best way to gain a competitive edge is to integrate sustainable practices into every part of a company’s ecosystem. Let’s start with food!

And it begins… with words.

Lexicon Pop-Up Shows

The Lexicon of Sustainability™ (LoS) continues to invite community leaders, students, farmers, activists, gardeners, cooks… anyone to host a pop-up show in their community, spurring dialogue about how individuals and communities can work together to strengthen local food systems.

Every year LoS selects 100 applicants to become curators and receive a show. Each curator hosts shows that involve their local communities, then act as a “lending library” so that other schools and community groups can use their show for their own initiatives.

Curators have the power to transform their community into a “idea incubator”, a localized think tank that generates dynamic coalitions able to make a difference in shaping the community’s relationship with its food, farmers, and local environment. And because these works are donated to the community once the shows have run their course, the messages will retain their significance and continue to inspire local audiences for years to come.


All Pop Up Shows are printed on 100% post consumer waste paper from New Leaf. New Leaf Paper’s goal is to inspire a fundamental shift toward environmental responsibility in the paper industry. Feel good about using paper again …and again!