2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Elizabeth Guinessey

Senior Program Officer, Innovations



As a Senior Program Officer on the Program Development and Innovations team at Verra, Liz is responsible for coordinating and providing technical input to develop greenhouse gas accounting methodologies and other tools to incentivize interventions that reduce the impact of our food systems on the planet. Verra is a global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental and social challenges (like reducing food waste) by developing and managing standards that support the private sector, countries, and civil society to achieve ambitious sustainable development and climate action goals.

Prior to joining Verra, Liz worked for the National Audubon Society, where she managed conservation programs in Latin America and the Caribbean and helped them meet ambitious climate and sustainable development goals. Before her time at Audubon, Liz spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Costa Rica working on a community-based mangrove reforestation project. Liz holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Florida and an MS in Ecology from the University of Georgia.


Wednesday, May 11th

11:00am - 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions (Running Concurrently)

Johnson Great Room

Turning Up the Heat: Tackling Food Waste to Fight Climate Change

The latest IPCC report is blunt – our planet is on track to reach at least 1.5°C of warming by 2050, under all emissions scenarios considered. But while climate change poses a looming threat to our existence, tackling it is achievable – and food waste is the low-hanging fruit. Beyond just mitigation, reducing food loss and waste is one of the few solutions that can improve adaptation to climate change. Hear from a panel of climate experts on why we must race to halve food waste by 2030 for the sake of our planet. ​​

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