2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

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

Rachel Surtshin

Sustainability Analyst

The Kroger Co.


Rachel Surtshin is a Sustainability Analyst at The Kroger Co., headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. In this role, she works on diverse topics including food loss and waste, climate and Scope 3 emissions, and quantification of deforestation risk across Kroger's diverse portfolio of products. This work helps drive the company’s progress towards its sustainability goals and zero waste commitments. Rachel is passionate about leveraging data to drive action for a more sustainable food system. Prior to Kroger, Rachel worked on the Walmart Sustainability Team where she played a key role in automating food loss and waste reporting across the enterprise. She earned a BASc from Quest University Canada and lives in rural Wyoming with her partner. In her free time, she enjoys foraging, gardening, hiking, hunting for fossils, and writing. 


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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