2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Todd Lawrence

Executive Director

Urban Green Lab


Todd Lawrence is executive director of Urban Green Lab in Nashville, Tennessee, which teaches communities how to live sustainably.  A Nashville native, Todd’s background is in global health, with a focus on community education and infectious disease.  Prior to Urban Green Lab, Todd worked with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program in South Sudan, the Global Health Council in Washington, D.C. leading the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia (2002-2003) training community health workers in rural villages.  He has a masters in International Development from American University and a bachelors in Political Science from Furman University, and lives with his wife and little girl in Nashville.


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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