ANDI OSTENSO AUGUST 8, 2019
Global Green works with the City of Santa Monica to design a Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Program for the City’s food businesses
On Monday, June 24th, Global Green hosted a Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Stakeholder Forum. The forum was created to facilitate discussion among key industry partners to analyze big issues confronting food waste globally, and in the City of Santa Monica. Attendees from all sectors brainstormed solutions to prevent food waste, recover edible food waste, and divert non-edible food waste from landfills.
The overarching goal for the Forum was to collaborate among local businesses, non-profits, and the City to develop a robust framework for a sustainable and successful Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Program in the City of Santa Monica. There were approximately 75 attendees at the event from sectors including businesses, grocers, restaurants, and non-profit organizations from the greater Santa Monica Area.
Rundown of Forum
In the first part of the forum there were a series of presentations from relevant speakers. Presentations talked about the food waste prevention and rescue policy landscape in the State of California and the City of Santa Monica, the City’s goals with the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Program, the values and benefits of diverting organics, and opportunities for food waste prevention and rescue.
Julia Mande and Rosana Franco, the Co-chairs of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council Food Waste presented about the blueprint of policy priorities put together since the inception of their organization and different initiatives about food waste diversion. Bernadet Garcia-Silvia, the Project Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Public Health Food, presented about the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 2018. Environmental Scientist from CalRecycle, Nicole Macatrao, presented about food recycling and recovery requirements and talked about CalRecycle’s Edible Food Recovery Program.
Natalie Lessa from R3 Consulting Solutions presented about how cities can plan for zero waste, and how the City of Santa Monica can craft a plan to drive the community to raise community awareness about organics recycling and increase diversion rate in the City of Santa Monica. Andre Villasenor from the EPA presented about why it is important to divert organics and the environmental effects of wasted food. Lastly, Andrea Spacht Collins, Sustainable Food Systems Specialist from the NRDC, presented via a webinar highlighting why food waste occurs and recommended on how we can improve the City’s food waste diversion.
After the presentations, the forum broke out into different discussion forum groups divided by sector. Each group discussed key challenges / barriers within their sector, incentives, infrastructure, and types of resources and external support needed.
The groups were:
Each met separately, and then presented their findings to the room.
Take-Aways and Lessons Learned
Take-aways from the forum:
After the forum, Global Green sent out a Post-Survey to all the attendees to collect take-aways. Bryan Pauquette, Founder of elePlate, said it was “fantastic to see how much momentum there was [at the forum] and how many people are motivated to collaborate on this problem. [There were] a lot of great minds and ideas involved!”
“I really appreciated the presentations. I think they delivered a wealth of knowledge and demonstrated the urgency of the issue. It was also great to meet in focus groups,” said City of Santa Monica government official Amanda Grossman.
Thanks to all of the participating attendees to our Food Waste Prevention and Stakeholder Forum, Global Green can work to get closer to our goal of diverting wasted food from landfills and getting edible food to those who need it in order to raise community awareness about organics recycling and increase diversion rate in the City of Santa Monica.
Now through the end of 2020, Global Green will work with the City of Santa Monica and Tetra Tech, and a stakeholder advisory committee to:
If you would like to be apart of our advisory committee, or if you are a food businesses in the city of Santa Monica and you would like to enroll in this free program, please email Andrea Ostenso at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is made possible through a CalRecycle Grant.