Agenda for November 4th

Food Waste: A Strategic Regional Conversation

8:00-8:45am: Registration and Networking

8:45-9:00am: Welcome

James Buchanan, The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavier University & Kristin Weiss, Green Umbrella

9:00-9:45am: Keynote Session - US Food Waste Reduction Goals: Challenges and Solution Opportunities

Susan Mooney, EPA Region 5 Chief of Municipal and Industrial Materials - SLIDES

9:45-10:05am: Presentation of Draft Regional Food Waste Plan

Scott Burns, Global Asset Recovery Programs and Xavier University - SLIDES

10:05-10:35am: Panel Discussion on Food Waste Solutions - SLIDES

Edward Devoid, Senior Director of Dining for Xavier, Chartwells

Regina Northouse, Executive Director, Food Recovery Network

Karen Luken, Sustainable Materials Management Specialist, SCS Engineers

10:35-10:50am Questions and Answers

10:50-11:00: BREAK

11:00-11:10am: LaSoupe, Rescue and Resource Example

Suzy Deyoung, Head Chef, LaSoupe - SLIDES

11:10-12:30pm: Facilitated Table Talks

Angie Carl, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council - SLIDES

12:30-1:30pm: LUNCH and Next Steps

1:30-2:30pm: Deeper Dive Breakout Sessions - SLIDES

Education Campaign to Reduce Food Waste 

Prevention of wasted food is the ultimate goal. This deeper dive is for those interested in: 

  • Working on increasing awareness of the issue, educating and ultimately creating new norms to prevent food waste.  
  • Leverage existing infrastructures, resources, and expertise to craft best practices to reduce food loss in all areas from farm to fork, i.e., gleaning, off-spec promotion, meal-planning, plate-sizing, proper storage, waste measurement, and standardizing food labeling. 
  • The end goal is to build a coalition to grow the messaging exponentially.
Recovery Infrastructure and Logistics

How do we expand food network capability and simplify logistics and understanding of donating wasted food? Participants will discuss a range of approaches to support food recovery and distribution such as the following:

  • Improve existing infrastructure and logistics networks
  • Expand/integrate network of businesses, farmers, institutions and residents
  • Improved tools to educate and simplify donations process (website, apps)
  • Discuss laws and policies both existing and needed for ease of donation
Organics Recycling

Food is now the single largest contributor to landfills. Developing an effective infrastructure that can divert food waste from landfills will be critical to meeting the national food waste reduction goals. 

  • How can we create viable aerobic and anaerobic solutions that address the needs of residential, institutional, and commercial sectors at different scales? 
  • How can we ensure these solutions effectively foster diversion while preventing contamination and nuisance issues?
  • What barriers exist (legal, infrastructural, logistical)? Who should lead on regional solutions (private, public, or private-public partnership)? What markets exist for finished compost, digestate, and biogas? 


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