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{Past Event} - Data 101 Series: How to Track Food Waste Reduction

November 9, 2017 - 12:00 pm - November 9, 2017 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


"Let's feed people, not landfills. By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and protect our planet for future generations," 

-- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Practice Greenhealth’s Less Food to Landfill Goal and Toolkit aligns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy.  There is an expectation for top performers to have an idea of how much food waste is headed to landfill each year (or incineration if that is the case) and work to reduce this amount, year after year.

Join Janet Howard to review the protocol for an annual 24 hour capture of food waste generated to find a way to measure progress, without the hassle of continuous measurement.

Janet will review the tools and resources available, the food waste streams and share resources to help your organization make progress in this very important intersection of population health, climate mitigation and waste minimization – and by the way – it reduces costs and has been documented to reduce the budget for food procurement!

Key participants could include Sustainability lead, Food and Nutrition Champion, Environmental Services and Population Health team.  In the 2018 Environmental Excellence Award, food waste reduction will be scored and impact the quality of the overall score.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how Practice Greenhealth tracks food waste reduction for the awards program.
  2. Understand why Food Waste Reduction is an important strategy for climate, population health and waste reduction goals.
  3. Understand how to access Less Food to Landfill Tools and Resources. 



Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement & Healthier Hospitals

Janet Howard leads the facility member engagement team and the Healthier Hospitals program. The team provides fresh content, educational support and technical assistance to Practice Greenhealth facility members and Healthier Hospitals enrollees. Recent projects include the Employee Engagement Toolkit and fresh content on Materials/WastesEngaged Leadership and the new Less Food to Landfill goal and toolkit.

The Member Engagement team works together to help organizations recognize the link between sustainability programming and quality, patient experience and performance excellence. Janet's angle is around empowerment and the belief that every person deserves a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

Janet pioneered sustainability in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. You can read Janet's columns on her LinkedIn profile.

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