Through the Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Group entities, organizations, experts and individuals are coming together to collaboratively develop comprehensive strategies and recommendations to reduce food waste and divert it from Iowa landfills.
The Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Group is dedicated to advancing Iowa’s efforts in reducing food waste generation and utilizing excess food as a valuable resource through supporting program development, education and advocacy.
In 2015, the group determined a white paper would be developed as a means to introduce where Iowa stands and how we can move our state to become a leader in food waste reduction and diversion efforts. In 2016, funding was granted from the Iowa Energy Center to fund paper development. The stakeholder group also collaborated with the Law School at Drake University for students to conduct research on existing laws and regulations regarding the handling, distribution, and disposal of food waste; additionally, coordination of the content was facilitated by Eat Greater Des Moines.
The result is “Food Waste in Iowa: Recommendations to Position Iowa as a Leader in Reduction and Recovery,” a 26-page report that outlines the six actions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy and provides detailed suggestions for implementing food diversion tactics throughout Iowa communities.
Click to the right to open a downloadable PDF of the white paper. If you would like a hard copy, please contact Dan Nickey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aubrey Alvarez, Eat Greater Des Moines
Tom Anderson, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Samuel Barrett, City of Waterloo
John Bruce, Iowa Waste Exchange
Christine Collier, SCS Engineers
Levi DeVries, University of Iowa
Brent Dielema, SCS Engineers
Linda Gorkow, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program
Lea Hensel, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, University of Northern Iowa
Eric Holthaus, City of Cedar Rapids
Regenea Hurte, Iowa Food Bank Association
Dave Jackson, University of Iowa
Laurie Kroymann, University of Iowa Hospitals
Beth Mackenzie, University of Iowa
Dan Nickey, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, University of Northern Iowa
Jeff Phillips, Barker Lemar
Julie Plummer, Iowa Waste Exchange
Barb Prather, Northeast Iowa Food Bank
Merry Rankin, Iowa State University
Adrienne Ricehill, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Karen Rodenkamp, Iowa State University
Jenny Trent, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, University of Northern Iowa
Margo Underwood, Underwood Consulting
Pete Vogel, Quad Cities Food Rescue Partnership
Jane Wilch, City of Iowa City
Jennifer Zwagerman, Drake Agricultural Law Center, Drake University Law School
January 2016 (Iowa City, IA)
April 2016 (Des Moines, IA)
January 2017 (Conference Call)
September 2017 (Des Moines, IA)
November 2017 (Conference Call)
May 2018 (Conference Call)
For more information about this group or to become a member, please contact Dan Nickey at email@example.com.