SMM Web Academy -
Grocers and the EPA Food Recovery Challenge
In this session, we will learn about EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) and success stories from our partners. The FRC challenges participants to reduce as much of their food waste as possible — saving money, helping communities, and protecting the environment and recognizing partner accomplishments. You will hear about:
- Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturer's Association (GMA) Waste Opportunities and Challenges Initiative
- Successes and experiences of WasteWise Partners
- Hannaford Supermarkets (part of the Delhaize Group)
- New Seasons Market
Speakers Bios:Michael Hewett, Manager Sustainability and Environmental Compliance, Publix Supermarkets, Inc. Michael has over twenty years of experience in environmental management, including regulatory compliance and sustainability programs. His career has been spent helping corporations build strong environmental compliance programs and sustainable business strategies.
GMA/FMI Food Waste Opportunities and Challenges (PDF) (21 pp, 310K, About PDF)Kasey Harris, Environmental Specialist, Hannaford Supermarkets. Kasey manages recycling and waste reduction initiatives for Hannaford Supermarkets. Kasey developed and executed the plan to double the number of stores with organic waste recycling processes at Hannaford, from 50 stores to 100 stores in 2011, removing more than 7,000 tons of food waste from landfills.
Hannaford Supermarkets Sustainability Team (PDF) (21 pp, 310K, About PDF)Heather Schmidt, Sustainability Manager for New Seasons Market. Heather developed and manages a comprehensive company-wide program that includes progressive waste reduction and diversion. Under Heather's leadership, the locally-owned and operated grocer with twelve locations implemented diverse waste prevention and donation efforts, cut their garbage in half, and more than doubled their compost. New Seasons Market is widely recognized for cutting edge sustainable practices, employee equity, and social responsibility.