2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

June 11-13, 2024 | Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center

Shannon Kenny

Senior Advisor for Food Loss and Waste, Office of Research and Development



Shannon Kenny is the Senior Advisor for Food Loss and Waste in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development. Shannon coordinates wide-ranging research on food waste, from prevention to waste management. She has more than twenty years of experience with U.S. EPA, primarily focusing on climate change. Shannon has also served as climate change staff for the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee and Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy Independence. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University.


Wednesday, June 12

11:00am - 12:00pm

Methane Matters: Merging Climate Strategies with Food Waste Solutions

Breakout Session 1

As methane takes center stage in climate strategy discussions, the GHG contributions of the food system — and food waste in particular — have come under scrutiny. Slashing methane, a shorter-lived but potent greenhouse gas, could have cooling effects in the next decade, acting as an “emergency brake” for the climate crisis. Policymakers have honed in on landfill management systems that capture methane from decomposing food, but food waste prevention strategies would not only keep food out of landfills in the first place but also avoid the 93% of food waste emissions that are generated before food becomes waste. Join us in exploring new food waste and methane emission insights, how the food system fits into climate and methane strategy, and specific steps that will act to reduce methane quickly.

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