2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

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

Katherine Blauvelt

Circular Economy Campaign Director

Industrious Labs


Katherine has over twenty years of experience in coalition building, overseeing and leading large-scale programs, federal and state economic and energy policy development, and generating collaborative solutions alongside community leaders to advance equity and achieve programmatic improvements and policies that improve people’s lives. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce. A graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, she is a Truman Scholar. She resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Thursday, May 18th

10:30am - 12:00pm

Around the Table in 90 Minutes: Getting Food Loss and Waste on the Climate Agenda

Workshop (Running Concurrently)

The links between our food systems and the climate crisis are becoming increasingly clear — the way we produce, distribute, and consume food contributes significantly to global emissions and socio-environmental damage, and also faces increasing disruption from the climate effects we’re already experiencing. The IPCC has released its most dire warning yet of the urgency required for action to mitigate and adapt, and we’re seeing governments, businesses, and individuals respond.  But, where specifically is food waste showing up on the climate agenda? This workshop will consist of an introductory panel showcasing some highlights of public and private sector initiatives on climate, followed by small group discussions on how sustainability leaders can further integrate food waste reduction into their climate work, with the goal of sharing  learnings, tools, and resources for those eager to speed progress on the critical issue of climate change.

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