Nine Colleges or Universities Become Members of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

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Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 9:23 pm

LENEXA, Kan. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 announced nine new collegiate members of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, a national initiative aimed at encouraging businesses, organizations and institutions to actively participate in food waste prevention, surplus food donation and food waste recycling activities.

“EPA applauds this year’s new members for demonstrating how higher education institutions, large and small, can lead the way to reducing wasted food, saving energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions,” said Karl Brooks, EPA regional administrator. “Food today makes up 21 percent of Americans’ trash, so by participating in the FRC these colleges and universities gain access to tools and assistance they will use to cut food waste, save money, help communities and protect the environment.”

The Food Recovery Challenge encourages organizations to find better alternatives to throwing food away. It helps organizations learn to practice leaner purchasing and divert surplus food away from landfills to hunger-relief organizations and onto the tables of those in need in the community. It also diverts food scraps, suitable for composting or animal consumption, to composting or animal feed.

The nine new collegiate members will join 10 other member organizations already participating in the FRC in Region 7. FRC members will help recycle food waste and keep it out of landfills. Landfills are one of the largest contributors of methane gas, which affects climate change, including warmer temperatures, stronger storms and more droughts.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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