2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton

Founder and Chief Change Maker

Astrapto LLC


Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton is Founder and Chief Change Maker of Astrapto LLC, which advances positive impact in hospitality, travel, and events – with a special emphasis on food and beverage sustainability. Her passion is enabling and empowering all levels of an organization to contribute to and benefit from sustainability endeavors. Aurora has led three World Wildlife Fund food waste reduction projects – in Baltimore, Dallas, and most recently six jurisdictions of the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment.   

Aurora has been a thought leader in industry associations such as the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and initiatives such as the Event Industry Council’s (EIC) Sustainable Events Standards. She was the curriculum designer for the EIC Sustainable Event Professional Certificate online course. Aurora has a Doctorate in Business Administration in Social Impact Management and was named a 2021 Top 30 Sustainability Champions by the International Hospitality Institute. 


Thursday, May 18th

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Insights from Food-Service: A Three-Course Meal in Wins, Challenges, and Big Bets in Hospitality

Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)

Historically, food waste has been viewed as a necessary evil in the hospitality and events industries. Today, leading companies are finding ways to continue creating value for their guests while reducing surplus food that would have otherwise been wasted. This session will share insights and learnings from leading experts and business leaders implementing food waste reduction solutions as well as highlight sector-specific solutions designed to alleviate barriers to food waste reduction. 


What is the one thing you want Summit attendees to focus on in 2023?

Culture change and consistent application of ideas and technologies.

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