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Dr. Christopher Wharton is being honored at Founders’ Day for his service work in the field of sustainability and nutrition. He is an expert in local food systems and food security and is the director of the Food Systems Transformation Initiative at ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
Wharton’s research interests include developing innovative models that improve small and mid-sized farms’ financial viability, and studying the ways in which the local supply chain can offer increased healthy food access in “food deserts,” or locations in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.
At ASU, he has performed numerous service activities, including acting as chair of the research seminar series for the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and participating in the school’s curriculum committee. He has been an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, having chaired the group’s hunger and environmental nutrition practice group and served on its board of directors. He has contributed chapters to two books: “Leisure, Health and Wellness: Making the Connections,” and “Obesity: A Multidisciplinary Approach to a Contemporary Global Issue.”
Wharton has been presented with numerous awards, including the 2013 ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness and the 2011 ASU President’s Award for Sustainability. In 2012, he received the Conscious Local Living “Local Face” Award from The Fusion Foundation for his efforts to increase public access to locally grown healthy foods.