2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

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

Steven M. Finn

Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs



Steven M. Finn is Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs for Leanpath, the global leader in integrated hardware and software solutions for food waste prevention, where he helps clients take control of their food waste while engaging employees in creating a culture of food waste prevention.  He is a member of Leanpath’s strategic leadership team with extensive experience in food waste reduction and prevention strategies, speaking frequently at industry events and providing education and guidance to client partners and internal teams.  He also manages Leanpath’s 12.3 Initiative.

Steven teaches graduate courses on innovation for sustainability and the food-water-energy nexus at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University in the U.S.  He is the author of several articles on food waste and has served as a Director for three non-profit organizations in the food sector.  He is the author of the blog Food For Thoughtful Action.  


Thursday, May 18th

10:30am - 12:00pm

Around the Table in 90 Minutes: Mapping Out Approaches to Food Waste Measurement

Workshop (Running Concurrently)

You can't manage what you don't measure. Across the food industry, food waste reduction is often buried in operational budgets, where it is accepted as the cost of doing business. Over time, more and more business leaders are recognizing that reducing surplus food  is an opportunity to contribute to social and environmental goals, while also improving their bottom lines in the process. To support decision-making, how do we generate accurate and reliable data on food loss and waste measurement?  This session will examine how food businesses can successfully build toolkits by providing a comprehensive overview of the various methods and tools available for measuring, estimating, and predicting food waste along the supply chain. This workshop is tailored towards individuals or groups who work at food businesses and are responsible for measurement, as well as those who want their food businesses to measure food waste but don't know how. The workshop will begin with a brief overview of ReFED’s Food Waste Monitor and Solution Database tools — as one methodological example— and then break out into small group discussions where participants will get crash courses in particular food waste measurement methodologies from leading experts. Participants will rotate to different tables every 20 minutes to learn about different methodologies with the ultimate goal of establishing a community of practice to help reduce barriers to entry. 

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