2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit
May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO
Senior Project Manager
Mia Zavalij is a Senior Project Manager on Compass Group's sustainability team. She implements waste tracking and waste diversion programming nationwide and provides training and education to Compass chefs and operators. Mia has spent the past 12 years working on food waste reduction, including as a cofounder of Food Recovery Network - a national nonprofit that reduces food waste on nearly 200 college campuses.
Thursday, May 18th
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mainstage Session | The Future is Now: The Power of Indomitable Youth to Spark Action
Youth are the greatest agents of change in a society. When mobilized and empowered, youth are the generation of environmental stewards driving forward a nutritious, sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system. Yet too often, youth are regarded as recipients and are underrepresented or excluded from decisions that impact their future. And, are the generation most impacted by our present (in)actions. Recognizing their agency means recognizing that this younger generation are heterogeneous societal actors in their own right and with their own values that we can learn from. If they are to inherit our food system, it is essential to develop systems, policies, and enabling environments now that provide spaces and mechanisms to stimulate their participation. In this session you will hear from youth who are paddling the oars of innovation, be inspired by their triumphs, and explore how we can further unleash their potential to thrive in a livable climate.