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Sustainable Management of Food

Previous Webinars Covering Sustainable Management of Food Topics

The Sustainable Food Management webinars, part of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy, are designed to provide useful information to current and future Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) participants and endorsers and to others interested in learning about sustainable management of food. Experts from across the nation offer best management practices (BMPs) to support the work of various sectors of the FRC, such as grocers, venues, universities, and the hospitality industry. The webinars provide technical assistance to help FRC participants and others develop and implement wasted food prevention and diversion efforts. Implementing these BMPs will help organizations and businesses to:

  • improve their bottom line,
  • support their community,
  • reduce their business or organization's greenhouse gas emissions.

This page compiles and organizes by topic the sustainable food management webinars held by the SMM Web Academy. The SMM Web Academy series is the current, free resource for challenge participants, stakeholders, and anyone else interested in learning more about SMM principles and practices from experts in the field.

On this page:

Introduction to the Food Recovery Challenge

Date Topic Speaker(s)
September 29, 2011 Introduction to the Food Recovery Challenge

Jean Schwab, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA

Scott Jenkins, Vice President of Ballpark Operations, SAFECO Field/Seattle Mariners

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Date Topics Speaker(s)
November 10, 2011 Green Chill Grocers and the Food Recovery Challenge

Keilly Witman, Green Chill Program Coordinator, EPA

Laura Moreno, Environmental Scientist, EPA Region 9

Shaun Kochivar, Manager of Environmental Sustainability, Albertsons/SUPERVALU

December 15, 2011 Grocers and the Food Recovery Challenge* Michael Hewitt, Sustainability and Environmental Compliance Manager, Publix Supermarkets, Inc.

Kasey Harris, Environmental Specialist, Hannaford Supermarket

Heather Schmidt, Sustainability Manager, New Seasons Markets

Christine Beling, Environmental Engineer, EPA Region 1

January 15, 2015 Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a Unique Industry Collaboration

Gail Tavill, Vice President of Packaging and Sustainable Productivity, ConAgra

Jason Wadsworth, Sustainability Manager, Wegmans

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Stadiums and Venues

Date Topics Speaker(s)
November 17, 2011 Creating Winning Recycling Programs at Sporting Events*

Jacob Hassan, Community Recycling Coordinator, EPA Region 5

Mark Root, Strategic Account Exec with Coca-Cola Recycling

Bruce Rayner, Chief Green Officer with Athletes for a Fit Planet

Laura Moreno, Environmental Scientist, EPA Region 9

February 23, 2012 Green Sports Alliance and the Food Recovery Challenge

Paul LaCaruba, Green Initiative Coordinator, National Hockey League

Alina Talbott, Assistant General Manager, Petco Park

Darryl Benge, Assistant General Manager, Century Link Field

Ashley Zanolli, Environmental Engineer, EPA Region 10

May 29, 2013 Green Sports and Venues as Environmental Stewards*

Syd Mandelbaum, Founder, Rock and Wrap It Up!

Joe Abernathy, Vice-President of Stadium Operations, St. Louis Cardinals

Brandon Hamilton, Director of Facilities, Kansas City Chiefs, Inc.

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Colleges and Universities

Date Topic Speaker(s)
January 19, 2012 Universities and the Food Recovery Challenge* R. Kaye Johnston, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC)

Corey Hawkey, Sustainability Coordinator, Ohio State University

Rob Gogan, Recycling and Waste Manager, Harvard University

Laura Moreno, Environmental Scientist, EPA Region 9

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Cities and Counties

Date Topic Speaker(s)
July 24, 2014 Cupertino CA and Cambridge MA: Tips for How Communities Can Successfully Engage Businesses to Divert Food Scraps

Cheri Donnelly, Environmental Programs Manager, Cupertino Public Works Department, Cupertino, CA

Randi Mail, Recycling Director, Cambridge, MA

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Date Topic Speaker(s)
November 6, 2014 Be an Endorser!

Rachel Chaput, US EPA - Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Suzanne Forbes, Wakefern Food Corp.

Rocco D'Antonio, Organic Diversion, LLC

Michelle Andrews, Washington State Department of Ecology

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Source Reduction

Date Topics Speaker(s)
June 14, 2012 Preventing Food Waste with Source Reduction: Lessons Learned and Best Management Practices

Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder and President of LeanPath

Scott Meyer, University of Texas Austin

Meagan Jones, University of Texas Austin

August 16, 2012 Greener Packaging – Integrating Reusable Transport Packaging into Your Supply Chain*

Justin Lehrer, Program Manager, StopWaste.Org

Michael Vincent, Director, Supply Chain Sustainability for Safeway

Rick LeBlanc, Reusable Packaging News

November 15, 2012 Sustainable Food Management: Food: Too Good to Waste* Carl Woestwin, Project Manager for the ‘One Less Truck Pilot' (every other week garbage collection).

Mandy Rose, Director of Integrated Waste Management for the County of San Benito and responsible for the county’s landfill operations oversight and regulatory compliance.

Lisa Jensema, Recycling and Resource Recovery Coordinator, and assists the Director in Program implementation for the Regional Agency.

Karen May, manages several education and outreach programs for the Recycling and Environmental Services section of the King County Solid Waste Division including King County’s Master Recycler Composter volunteer program and recycling collection events.

Lisa Friend, is a Sustainability Planner for Boulder County, Colorado and has been designing waste reduction outreach programs for more than 20 years

November 29, 2012 Behavior Change Techniques to Decrease Food Waste and Avoid Contamination
Presentations and webinar are available via FTP
Heather Vaillette, General Manager, Clark University Dining Services (Sodexho)

Denis Gagne, Executive Chef, Clark University Dining Services (Sodexho) Steve Finn, Sustainability Consultant, ResponsEcology

Brendan Coffey, Pacific Wild Catering, Oregon Convention Center

January 10, 2013 Green Teams and the Food Recovery Challenge
Presentations and webinar are available via FTP
Christine Gallagher, Manager of Corporate Responsibility, Ahold USA

Holly Fowler, Senior Director of Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility, Sodexo North America

Aubrey Batchelor, Program Coordinator for the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office, University of Washington

February 28, 2013 Reducing Wasted Food at Federal Facilities Laura Moreno, Environmental Protection Agency

Barbara Hartman, Department of Veterans Affairs

Dorian Wilkins Foster, Department of Veterans Affairs

Lena Kofas, General Services Administration Guadalupe Novoa - General Services Administration

May 9, 2013 Wasted Food -- Innovative Lifecycle Approaches for Reducing Food Waste
Presentations and webinar are available via FTP
Jeffrey Kohn, Innovations Coordinator, EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Laura Moreno, Environmental Scientist, Office of Pollution Prevention and Solid Waste in EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region

Ashley Zanolli, Environmental Engineer, Office of Air, Waste and Toxics in EPA Region 10

Suganthi Simon, LEED GA Pollution Prevention Coordinator, EPA Region 4

January 15, 2015 Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a Unique Industry Collaboration Gail Tavill, Vice President of Packaging and Sustainable Productivity, ConAgra

Jason Wadsworth, Sustainability Manager, Wegmans

March 19, 2015 Reducing Wasted Food: How Packaging Can Help Todd Bukowski, Senior Packaging Consultant at HAVI Global Solutions

Dr. Ronald Cotterman, Vice President, Sustainability at Sealed Air Corporation

November 19, 2015

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: State Policies to Increase Organics Diversion from Landfills: MA and VT one year in and CA the new kid on the block

Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

John Fischer, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Josh Kelly, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Marshalle Graham, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Marshalle Graham, CalRecycle

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Feed Hungry People

Date Topics Speaker(s)
April 19, 2012 Food Donation: A "How-To" for Food Retailers and the Food Service Industry* Bob Morris, Retail Donation Manager for Feeding America

Syd Mandelbaum, CEO and Founder of Rock and Wrap It Up!

Jim Larson, Program Development Director for Food Donation Connection

September 17, 2015 Changing How We Think About Our Resources for a Better Tomorrow: How to Donate Surplus Food from K-12 Schools

Jimmy Nguyen, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C

Gloria Quinn, Ramona High School, Ramona, California

André Villaseñor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles, California

Kathleen Weil, Founder and Executive Director, The Food Bus, Arlington, Virginia

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Industrial Uses including Anaerobic Digestion

Date Topic Speaker(s)
October 11, 2012 Food Waste to Energy through Anaerobic Digestion Laura Moreno, Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Southwest Region

Gregory Kleinheinz, Professor of Environmental and Industrial Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Jack Macy, Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, City and County of San Francisco's Department of the Environment

Dave Henderson, Utility Director, City of West Lafayette, Indiana

November 18, 2014 Managing Wasted Food with Anaerobic Digestion: Incentives and Innovations

David Babson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Caitlin Sparks, The Prasino Group

Mel Kurtz, Quasar Energy

Brandon Julian, Pure Energy Group

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Date Topics Speakers
June 20, 2013 Model Composting Regulations* Cary Oshins, U.S. Composting Council (USCC)

Stephanie Busch, Georgia Environmental Protection Division

Angel Arroyo-Rodríguez, Ohio EPA

Dec 5, 2013 Composting Strategies for Colleges and Universities Webinar* Peter Moon, Founder and President of O2Compost

Arthur Kney, PhD, Associate Professor and Department Head for Civil and Environmental Engineering of Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor of University of Maine, Orono, ME

January 16, 2014 Building Collection Infrastructure for Composting: Success in the greater Worcester, Massachusetts Area Sean Pontani, Green Business Support Manager, Center for EcoTechnology (CET), Northampton, MA

Sandy Giancola, Preventive Maintenance Manager, Big Y Foods, Inc. Springfield, MA

Paul Degnan, Materials Marketing & Sourcing Manager for E. L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. Westboro, MA

April 3, 2014 Compost from Food Waste: Understanding Soil Chemistry and Soil Biology on a College/University Campus Rachel Chaput, US EPA - Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Gregg Twehues, Co-founder of Compostwerks! LLC

Peter Moon, President and principal engineer of O2 Compost

Tom Goldsmith, Staff director for energy and environmental conservation at St. John’s University

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Date Topics Speaker(s)
January 29, 2015 Milestone 1: Preparing for a Wasted Food Assessment and Establishing a Baseline Andrew Shakman, LeanPath

Amanda Hong, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

March 26, 2015 Milestone 2: Data Analysis, and Creating and Implementing Waste Reduction Strategies; & Milestone 3: Tracking Progress

Cat Sullivan, Northern Arizona University (NAU)

Ray Dennis and Chef Dana Massimiani, Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Ismail Samad, Executive Chef of Daily Table, a nonprofit grocery store, and the Gleanery restaurant

Amanda Hong, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

April 23, 2015 Milestone 4: Measuring Impact

David Klein and Chris Henson, Costco Wholesale, Columbus OH

Amanda Hong, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Andre Villasenor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Bobby Renz, ICF International

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