NEC Members Recognized by EPA for Minimizing Food Waste

New England Council members Salem State University and Keene State College were recently recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for successfully decreasing their production of food waste. In all, the EPA honored fourteen organizations across the nation for their commitments to eliminating food waste, which ultimately ends up in landfills.

Keene State College was awarded as having the best educational and outreach campaign, while Salem State University was awarded for having the highest percent increase in wasted food prevention and diversion by a college or university. In the United States, there is more food waste introduced to our landfills than any other kind of waste. By participating in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, Salem State and Keene State are contributing to the goal of reducing food waste in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2030.

“The hard work and commitment from our New England-based Food Recovery Challenge awardees is demonstrating that protecting the environment, saving money and feeding the hungry can go hand in hand,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “It’s good old-fashioned common sense that we should use food to feed people and not landfills.”

Additionally, nearly half of the EPA’s twenty-four “Regional Food Recover Achievement Certificates” were presented to New England Council members for their effort to reduce food waste, including: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Genzyme; Johnson and Wales University; Lesley University; MIT; Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Northeastern University; University of Maine; University of Massachusetts-Lowell; and University of New Hampshire.

The New England Council commends all of these Council members for being recognized and for their commitment to reducing food waste.

For more information, see this Environmental Protection Agency press release.


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