West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will present a luncheon on sustainable food management and organic waste on Monday, February 8 at Aquinas College from 12 to 2 pm.
Featured speaker is Susan Mooney, Chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 Municipal and Industrial Materials Section. Mooney will introduce various EPA programs and tools that businesses can use to reduce food waste and manage organics more sustainably, including the Food Recovery Challenge. She will also discuss current issues related to diversion strategies such as composting and anaerobic digestion.
Meeting presented by Creative Dining Services.
EPA Region 5 encompasses the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Mooney’s section is responsible for implementing portions of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management program, tribal solid waste and pollution prevention program, and RCRA Subtitle D (or non-hazardous waste) program. Under the Sustainable Materials Management program, Susan is responsible for working on measurement, sustainable food management, and the management of materials associated with the built environment.
Representatives from Aquinas College and Creative Dining Services will also discuss how the college and other local institutions are taking steps to make food service more sustainable.