2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Ava Richardson

Sustainability Director

Baltimore Office of Sustainability


Ava currently serves as the Sustainability Director in the Baltimore Office of Sustainability along with an amazing team to advance a more sustainable and equitable city. At her core, Ava is an advocate for systems change applying her program management and analytic skills to advance policies and initiatives in harmony with social equity, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. She views food waste challenges through these intersecting lenses. In 2019, Ava was hired to support Baltimore’s Food Matters program in 2019, were she helped support a citywide initiative to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. Ava is also currently obtaining a Doctorate of Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University where her research interests center on wasted food prevention, food rescue and ways to improve organic/food waste management systems. Ava is also a Lerner Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future.


Wednesday, May 11th

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions (Running Concurrently)

Ski-U-Mah Room

The Power of Policy: Showcasing State and Local Policy Success Stories

From local composting regulations to state-level organics bans to the federal interagency “Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative,” policy is unique in its power to provide a spark that can move the food system to action – and throughout the last few years, a range of policies have been enacted to support efforts across the food system to cut the amount of food lost or wasted. Through Pecha Kucha-style presentations, spend time with leaders developing and influencing policy at all levels of government, as they share challenges, successes, and promising legislative and regulatory solutions from across the country.

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