2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit Agenda

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I. Opening – 10:00AM

Welcome: Third Annual Maine Food Waste Solutions Summit

  • David Hart – Director, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

Maine Food Waste Solutions Partnership – Thank you!

  • Susanne Miller – Director, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Summit Facilitators

  • Susanne Lee – Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions: Food Rescue MAINE
  • Travis Blackmer – Professor, UMaine Economics & Mitchell Center: Food Rescue MAINE

II. Keynotes: Food Waste Solutions Progress – 10:10AM

Keynote Presentation: Food Waste Solutions – National Legislation

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, U.S. Representative for Maine’s 1st congressional district.
Chellie will answer student questions about food waste solutions including current legislation.

Keynote Speakers: Food Waste Solutions & Climate Change

Linda Breggin and Margaret Badding – Center for State, Tribal & Local Programs – Environmental Law Institute, the national non-profit creating tools to help states and communities fight food waste and climate change.
Linda and Margaret will explain how climate change and food waste are connected – and highlight new tools to fight both!

Keynote Speaker:  Food Waste Solutions – State and Community Successes

Claudia Fabiano, U.S. EPA Sustainable Management of Food Team – “Food: Too Good To Waste” Peer Network
Claudia will discuss a variety of successful food waste initiatives from across the country.

III. Sessions: Maine Food Waste Solutions Progress

Maine Food Waste Success Stories – 10:40AM

Maine Food Waste Solutions Leaders will share their inspiring yet practical “triple bottom line” food waste solutions.  Q&A will follow.

Student Intern Updates: Maine Food Waste Solution Pilots – 11:15AM

Mitchell Center student interns present specific Maine food waste pilots developed with key stakeholders to test key food waste solutions and identify specific results.

  • Solution: Track & Measure Food Waste – Maine Department of Corrections
    Intern: Andrew MacMaster
  • Solution: Track & Measure Food Waste – Northern Light Health & Maine Home Food Waste Challenge & Waste Watcher App
    Intern: Halle Rogers
  • Solution: Food Donation & Rescue – AIO Pantry Rockland & Community Fridges
    Intern: Kate Flynn
  • Solution: Education – Maine DOE/Child Nutrition: Buxton, Lisbon, Orono, Sebago
    Interns: Eddie Nachamie & Andrew MacMaster
  • Solution: Education – Food Rescue MAINE Website & Social Media
    Intern: Hannah Mathieu

IV. (Optional) Summit:  “After Hours” Session – 12:00PM

We invite you to stay after the Summit to ask any additional questions and discuss Maine’s food waste solutions in greater detail with our Mitchell Center student and faculty food waste team.

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