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Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Reducing Wasted Food: How Packaging Can Help

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March 19, 2015, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (EST)

Food accounts for the greatest percentage of materials going into our landfills (21% in 2012). A significant portion of wasted food is wholesome and edible. 133 billion pounds (31 percent of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels) went un-eaten in 2010, and the estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices Packaging plays important roles in reducing these numbers, and our speakers will explain how it does so today, and what’s in store for the future.

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Todd Bukowski pictureTodd Bukowski is a Senior Packaging Consultant at HAVI Global Solutions, where he has worked for the past 11 years. Since joining HAVI Global Solutions as part of the Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions division, Todd has led projects and programs on package development process workflow improvements, packaging development strategy projects, and sustainability initiatives, including food waste. He also monitors and tracks consumer, retail channel, sustainability, legislation and technology trends as they pertain to packaging. Todd is the program lead for Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions’ sustainability initiatives and retail efforts and was an instructor for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Essentials of Sustainable Packaging course. Additionally, he is a lead presenter at the Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions Future of Packaging programs, which look at the impact of global trends on packaging and packaging organizations. Todd holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Packaging degree from Michigan State University.

Dr. Ronald Cotterman pictureDr. Ronald Cotterman is Vice President, Sustainability at Sealed Air Corporation, where he is responsible for Sealed Air’s company-wide sustainability strategy. In this global role, Ron leads initiatives in operational excellence, delivering customer value and achieving Sealed Air’s vision to create a better way for life. Ron is active in organizations including the Consumer Goods Forum, the World Wildlife Fund, and The Sustainability Consortium. He is a lecturer at Furman University and a member of the advisory board of Michigan State University. Ron has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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