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Webinar: Food - Why We Waste Too Much


Contact: Viccy Salazar

About this webinar series

EPA's Consumption and the Environment webinar series is designed to provide information and resources to increase understanding of the issues associated with sustainable consumption and to support those who want to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create more sustainable patterns of consumption in their communities. This year-long webinar series focuses on helping regulators and environmental management experts gain better understanding of individuals' and organizations' consumption patterns and motivations. This understanding should provide interesting insights for communities, organizations and individuals seeking to reduce their GHG emissions, wastes and other environmental impacts through a focus on sustainable consumption.

The series presents information and practices for improving source reduction, an important issue for communities. Source reduction minimizes the quantity and toxicity of materials that later need to be disposed of and is identified under RCRA as a key strategy for achieving our environmental goals. Source reduction also helps to reduce GHG emissions, which are regulated pollutants under the Clean Air Act. EPA recently released a report, Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices (PDF) (98pp, 1.5MB), showing that over 40 percent of the GHG emissions in the United States can be attributed to the life-cycle impacts associated the manufacture, distribution, sale, use and disposal of the goods and food we consume.

We invite guest speakers to share their views on sustainable consumption to get participants thinking and talking about how our choices can impact the environment. Please note the opinions, ideas, or data presented by non-EPA speakers in this series do not represent EPA policy or constitute endorsement by EPA.

Offered as part of the Consumption and the Environment webinar series coordinated by EPA Region 10 and the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum

When: May 3, 2011, 9:30am-10:30am (Pacific)

Webinar Summary: In the U.S., food and food scraps make up 14% of the waste stream and is the number one item sent for disposal. Currently, only 2.5% is recycled or composted. This webinar will focus on how food became such a large part of the waste stream, the environmental impacts of the waste and programs that have begun to integrate sustainable consumption with our food waste reduction programs.

Jonathan Bloom will track the pathway of food waste from farm to fork and beyond, then elaborate on the impacts of wasted food. He will talk about the environmental impacts of the food distribution system, and what we can do to change it. He will also talk about the contradiction of food waste and hunger, the points in the system where waste occurs, and current efforts to reduce food waste. Next, Jean Schwab will discuss the level of food waste in the US and current EPA initiatives to reduce food waste. Finally, Ashley Zanolli will talk about an EPA pilot program and how we can learn from international initiatives concerning food waste.


    Ashley Zanolli is an environmental engineer on the Materials Management and Stewardship Team in the EPA Region 10 Office of Air, Waste and Toxics. At the EPA, Ashley co-leads the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum, a partnership of western cities and states that are developing and sharing ways to integrate lifecycle materials management policies and practices into climate actions. Through the Forum, Ashley leads the development of a pilot program to engage communities and work collaboratively to encourage more thoughtful food consumption and food waste prevention. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.

    Jean Schwab is program manager and senior analyst in the Municipal & Industrial Solid Waste Division at EPA Headquarters. She manages GreenScapes, which she developed and initiated for the Environmental Protection Agency as a program designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution by encouraging more holistic decisions regarding waste, water, chemicals, energy, and land use. Jean has worked in the resource conservation and recycling field for 14 year. She has developed dozens of publications on composting and compost use to promote organic waste reduction. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business and Master's degree in Urban & Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.

    Jonathan Bloom is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Variety, The Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. He writes a monthly food column called Fork & Spoon with Jonathan Bloom and maintains the blog Wasted Food. Exit EPA disclaimer
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