About Ryan Harb ConsultingRyan Harb Consulting provides three types of sustainability services:
- - Public speaking for sustainability and food service conferences, events, and workshops
- Local food sourcing and sustainability marketing for K-12 schools and institutional food services
- Permaculture garden design for schools, colleges, businesses, churches and New England institutions
More about RyanRyan Harb is an international speaker, local food consultant, New England food system specialist, and Certified Permaculture Designer. He has a BBA in Business Management and was the first person in the nation to receive a Master of Science degree in Green Building.
In 2010, Harb created a job for himself as Sustainability Manager for UMass Amherst Dining Services . He then began developing one of the first university permaculture gardens in the nation that supplies locally grown produce and hands-on sustainability education to the campus and local community.
Within 18 months, “The UMass Permaculture Initiative” went viral and was featured in over 100 media publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, MTV and the Huffington Post. The project has engaged over 3,500 volunteers and won 8 national awards.
In 2012, Harb was invited to the White House to meet and speak alongside President Barack Obama. He was named a “White House Campus Champion of Change”, and his program, UMass Permaculture, was voted the top university program in the country that’s changing the world for the better.
Harb has spoken internationally and now works with schools, colleges and institutions throughout New England to transform their grass lawns and underutilized spaces into edible, educational, and beautiful permaculture gardens.
His projects demonstrate how everyday people, working together, can help solve our global environmental problems while simultaneously making our local communities a better place.
Selected list of Ryan Harb's past speaking engagements