MIAEH Alumna Allison Lilly (MPH, ’12) Named “Fifty+ Under 50” Food Hero
Allison Lilly (MPH, ’12) was recognized by Elevation DC as a food hero for her work in transforming the DC area’s food system. The weekly magazine’s list, bestowed on more than fifty area “leaders and thinkers working to build a more socially and environmentally sustainable local food system, improve health, and change how we think about food,” included Ms. Lilly for her work as the University of Maryland’s sustainability and wellness coordinator.
Ms. Lilly’s efforts to help launch Terp Farm, a sustainable vegetable garden, and her role as chair of the Local Food Production Work Group for the Prince George’s Food Equity Council were highlighted by the magazine. Terp Farm will contribute to the campus’s goal of serving 20 percent of its food from humane and ecological sources by 2020.
As UMD’s sustainability and wellness coordinator, Ms. Lilly supports a wide array of environmental and health-related programs, which also include the Sustainable Food Commitment, Campus Pantry, Green Tidings Food Truck, and the Farmer’s Market at Maryland. Outside of the university, she is co-owner of Batty Batches, LLC, which sells unique, small-batch jellies and jams.
“I believe that it is critical to transform our food system locally, nationally, and globally. This transformation needs to include many things, such as increased access to healthy food, reduction of environmental degradation, and rejuvenation of our environment,” Ms. Lilly said in a prior interview with SPH. “I believe we can fight for public health through the promotion and celebration of healthy, sustainable, accessible, and safe food.”
While a graduate student at the Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health, Ms. Lilly was able to further her interest in the interconnections among food, the environment, and agriculture. Through her work at the Public Health Garden and in her MPH Capstone, she spent time learning about the best practices on campuses and communities to promote sustainable food networks.