Calendar of Events

Lean Cafeteria Workshop

September 10 2018 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Hosted by the Nebraska Business Development Center, apply Lean to save money and time and reduce waste in your food service business.

Lean manufacturing is used to drive out costs, reduce lead times, improve flexibility and eliminate non-value adding activities. These same principles can be used in food service work, such as cafeterias, to save money, time, and reduce food wastes.

The Lean Cafeteria workshop will provide hands-on training that teaches the transformational approach of Lean. You will learn techniques for realizing continuous improvement in your food service. 

Practice Lean concepts away from your workplace in a pressure-free environment. The Kanban Pizza Game used in this workshop will give you the experience of applying Lean principles in a fast-paced, fun exercise. Kanban is a Lean tool designed to reduce idle time in a process. The aim is to deliver what the process needs exactly when it needs it.


  • Experience how a Kanban system develops from an existing process, as it does in the real world
  • Experience a whole Kanban system, as opposed to focusing only on the Kanban board and related mechanics
  • Understand the effects of limiting your Work in Progress
  • Experience self-organization and adaptation



Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA


$10, covers all materials



Midwest Food Recovery Summit

September 11 2018 |

Last year, this event welcomed over 130 attendees from 18 states and even Ontario, Canada to become the first event of its scale to be held in the Midwest that was comprehensive across all facets of food waste reduction, recovery and recycling.  And we're doing it again in 2018!

Join us for two-and-a-half days of plenary discussions, breakout sessions, special events, networking, and more in Downtown Des Moines, IA. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Biodigestors
  • Composting facilities and landfills
  • Haulers
  • Food rescue organizations
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Federal, state and local government employees
  • Retail food stores
  • Food establishments
  • K-12 schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consultants


700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa

Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

October 2 2018 |

IWRC Waste Reduction Specialist, Jennifer Trent will be speaking at the 11th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference.

From the Growing Sustainable Communities website...

"Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is the largest and longest standing sustainability conference in the Midwest and will be held again this year. The 11th annual conference will be two days of education, inspiration and collaboration on topics of interest to anyone who cares about creating great towns and cities that stand the test of time."


500 Bell Street 
Dubuque, Iowa

Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference

October 8 2018 |

Our specialists and staff will be exhibiting at the Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference coming up in October. We have always been involved in this great conference, and we are very excited to go back,

From the event Facebook page...

"This three-day event is the premier recycling and solid waste conference in Iowa, bringing together nearly 300 professionals for education, training, a trade show, tours, networking and professional development."


One Arena Way
Council Bluffs, IA