2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

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

Shannon Kenny

Senior Advisor, Food Loss and Food Waste

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Shannon Kenny is a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development. Shannon focuses on research needed to help the United States meet its goal to halve food waste by 2030. Shannon has more than 20 years’ experience at the EPA, with primary emphasis on climate change. Shannon has also served as staff to the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Shannon was lead author of two recent EPA reports on the environmental impacts of food waste: From Farm to Kitchen and From Field to Bin, which determined the new USEPA Wasted Food Scale.


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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