2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Alexander Nichols-Vinueza

Program Manager, Food Loss and Waste



Alex Nichols-Vinueza supports the US Food Waste team’s portfolio of projects at WWF, including work with policymakers and the agricultural, grocery retail, hospitality, and food service sectors. Alex is the team lead for the Food Waste Warrior program, which offers grants and a hands-on curriculum for schools to reduce their food waste and learn about the food system. He recently helped lead a coalition of environmental NGOs to develop a policy action plan for Congress and administration to reduce US food loss & waste by 50% by 2030. He also supports the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment, one of the largest public-private initiatives on food waste, which aims to accelerate progress on the region’s commitment to reduce food waste by half by 2030. Professionally, Alex brings 12 years of project management and partnership experience across tech, government, and sustainability consulting. He is bilingual in Spanish and English, having worked internationally in Colombia and Central America. Alex holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MEM from Duke’s Nichols School of the Environment. Alex hails from Traverse City in northern Michigan (“the cherry capital of the world”), where his appreciation for the environment began at a young age– camping and traipsing around its many parks and lakes, and later working summers on local farms. Alex lives in Washington, DC, where he enjoys playing soccer, hanging at the local community pool with his family, and hiking with his dogs in the many nearby parks.


Wednesday, May 11th

11:00am - 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions (Running Concurrently)

Ski-U-Mah Room

Insights from the Field: Advances in Understanding Food Loss and Waste 

Developing solutions to food waste starts with a deep understanding of the problem. But food waste isn’t just one problem – it’s a lot of different problems depending on the sector. So where do we start? From on-farm measurement to consumer research, this session will take a deep-dive into new efforts to understand the food waste challenge, as well as shed light on important areas needing continued exploration. 

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