LUISS is the first Italian university to create a community garden, a 500 square meter green space open to students, staff, faculty and the community around the Viale Romania campus. As the General Manager, Giovanni Lo Storto, explained, the garden is “a completely new place where students can discover novel growth and learning methods, as well as a catalyst for ideas for a virtuous change.”
The LUISS Community Gardening project, managed by the students at LabGov, a workshop for the governance of common goods, was conceived to unite the environment, agriculture and food. It is an incubator where students can experience shared management and sustainability, learn how to manage the land, develop ideas and projects and use the proper tools. For Executive Vice President Luigi Serra: "It is another example of that flexibility that we hope will contribute to students’ education beyond their academic curricula.”
Aside from Giovanni Lo Storto and Luigi Serra, the provost, Massimo Egidi, the Apulian chef, Peppe Zullo, who is the symbolic godfather of the garden, and Nicola Prudente, a.k.a.,Tinto, host of the program Decanter on Radio2, also attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Sustainability and social innovation were also the focus of the awards ceremony for the No Waste Prize, organized in conjunction with LUISS Sostenibile, and conceived by the journalist and writer Antonio Galdo to recognize citizens, companies, associations and institutions that are committed to promoting new participatory lifestyles and informed, responsible consumption.
The founder, Antonio Galdo, the General Manager, Executive Vice President and Filippo Tortoriello, President of Gala, a company that produces energy from renewable sources and the main sponsor of the prize, attended the event.
The ceremony opened with a dialogue between director Antonio Galdo and Father Antonio Spadaro, Director of Civiltà Cattolica, who was awarded a prize in the category "Individuals" for his work fighting the culture of waste denounced by Pope Francis. Then the other winners of this year’s prize came up on stage. First, the children of the Scuola Principe di Piemonte di Roma, which received the prize for an educational gardening project. Then those from Breading, a web platform against food waste, and the Terre Colte Association which redevelops abandoned lands in Sardinia, thus creating new jobs. The prize for the category dedicated to young people went to the Barikamà cooperative, which was created in Rome by six young Africans who produce yogurt and biological products. They won the prize "for their courage, as their exploitation as agricultural laborers in Rosarno led them to build an efficient company."