2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Colleen Hetzel

Waste Reduction Policy Specialist

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)


Colleen Hetzel is a Waste Reduction Policy Specialist for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). She has worked for over twenty years on various sustainable materials management and pollution prevention issues such as product stewardship, market development, waste reduction education and toxicity prevention programs. Colleen graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a Biology degree and an Environmental Studies certificate. Her current work focuses on using life-cycle analysis in policy decisions for sustainable materials management. 


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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