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.


Susan Mooney:  Sustainable Food Management

Aquinas College Dining Services

Meeting presented by Creative Dining Services.

Susan Mooney is Chief of the Municipal and Industrial Materials Section at the U.S. EPA Region 5 (Region 5 encompasses the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).  Her 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.  Blank Print Document

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.

Susan has been with the EPA for nearly 30 years and has worked on a wide variety of solid waste management issues and projects.  She holds a BA (Chemistry) from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aquinas College’s Marla Poterack and Chef Andy will also discuss the work the college has done to address food waste.

Parking is available in the Fulton and Mayfield lots on campus, labeled as lots A & B on this map. It is a short walk to the Wege Student Center, where the Wege Ballroom is located.

February Monthly Meeting
Monday, February 8
12 pm to 2 pm
Aquinas College Wege Ballroom
Wege Student Center
1607 Robinson SE, Grand Rapids 49503
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

Tentative Agenda
12 pm Networking and lunch
12:30 pm Welcome and WMSBF Business
12:40 pm Sponsor Remarks
12:50 pm Managing Food Waste at Aquinas College
1:05 Susan Mooney, EPA Municipal and Industrial Materials Section: Sustainable Food Management