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Sustainable Management of Food

Webinar: Reducing Wasted Food at Federal Facilities

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This webinar was held on February 28, 2013. In this webinar you will learn about resources available to federal facilities to reduce food waste and hear what some facilities are doing to save money, reduce waste, and feed those in need. This webinar focuses on reducing wasted food at all different types of federal facilities – from small to large and office buildings to hospitals. This session features expert speakers from the General Services Administration, Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, South Texas Veteran Health System, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Laura Moreno, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Laura is an environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office. Laura is the regional lead for the Federal Green Challenge and the Food Recovery Challenge and works to reduce food waste reaching landfills through source reduction, food donation, composting, and anaerobic digestion.

Barbara Hartman, Department of Veterans Affairs
Barbara is the Chief of Nutrition and Food Service at the Martinsburg, West Virginia Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she and her staff have redesigned their business practices to include a “Green Kitchen” focus. Barbara is presently a Co-Chair of the VA’s national Nutrition and Food Service Green Environmental Management Working Group and a past chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She served on the 2007 AND Sustainable Food Systems task force and helped author the 2007 AND Sustainable Food Systems Primer. She received the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Leadership Award in October, 2008. Her master’s degree is in Food, Nutrition, and Institution Administration, and her bachelor’s degree is in Business with a concentration in Marketing.

Dorian Wilkins Foster, Department of Veterans Affairs
Dorian is an Administrative Dietitian for the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. Formerly a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, she has been with the VA since 1992 and has served in multiple roles. Having witnessed food waste as well as human hunger, Dorian is passionate about finding ways to let one problem help solve the other.

Lena Kofas, General Services Administration
Lena is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the GSA’s Public Buildings Service in Washington, DC. She is the national program coordinator for solid waste diversion and recycling, and works with a network of Regional coordinators to promote sustainable waste management practices in GSA managed federal buildings. Lena received her bachelors degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and masters degrees in public administration and environmental policy from Indiana University and American University.

Guadalupe Novoa, General Services Administration
Lupe is the Regional Recycling Coordinator for GSA Region 9. She oversees solid waste management which includes: recycling, composting, hazardous waste (e-waste), and construction and demolition waste. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. degree in Architectural Interiors, with an emphasis of eco-friendly and sustainable materials for both commercial and residential applications. She has been with GSA since 2001.

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