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Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: New Tool Kit - Keeping Food out of the Landfill - Policy Ideas for States and Localities

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

In September 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first ever domestic goal to reduce food loss and waste by half by the year 2030 and are seeking to work with public and private partners to take action and make this happen over the next 14 years. The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) is one of EPA’s partners and is at the forefront of identifying key areas where current laws create barriers to reducing this food waste or where policies can incentivize more food recovery, and is actively working on the federal and state level to help reform those laws. One way to assist with the proliferation of better food recovery laws and policies is by providing information to states and local governments regarding methods of increasing food recovery. In order to make such information more widely available, FLPC created a toolkit for state and local policymakers interested in reducing food waste. This toolkit brings together lessons from their research and policy work in date labeling, tax incentives, liability protections, organic waste bans, leftovers for livestock as well as other food waste policies, to provide state and local policy makers with a comprehensive menu of policy options to reduce food waste.

This webinar cover what is included in this toolkit, and how you can use it in your state or local food waste policy planning. Presenters will explain the content and how best to use the toolkit, with a focus on a few of the sections, and will answer questions from webinar participants about these and other examples.

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Picture of Emily Broad LeibEmily Broad Leib, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law; Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic and Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School -  Emily is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, as well as Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. She founded and directs the Center’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, the first law school clinic in the nation devoted to studying and providing legal and policy solutions for the health, economic, and environmental challenges facing our food system. Emily’s groundbreaking work on food waste has been covered in such media outlets as CNN, The Today Show, MSNBC, TIME Magazine, Politico, and the Washington Post


Picture of Christina RiceChristina Rice,  - Clinical Fellow, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy  - Christina Rice is a Clinical Fellow in the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School, where she provides legal and policy guidance to community advocacy groups, state agencies and non-profits who are working to improve the food system. Christina helps lead the Clinic’s Food Waste Initiative, which advocates for policy change to decrease unnecessary food waste. Christina is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. 


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