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[November 13, 2012]

EPA Recognizes 18 Universities for Food Waste Reduction (AZ, CA, GU, NV)

Nov 13, 2012 (Environmental Protection Agency Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) -- Release Date: 11/13/2012 Contact Information: David Yogi, yogi.david@epa.gov, (415) 972-3350 Ceremony at UC Berkeley to announce participation in EPA's Food Recovery Challenge SAN FRANCISCO -- In celebration of America Recycles Day 2012 (November 15), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will honor 18 California, Nevada, Arizona, and Guam universities for their participation in the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge. The Food Recovery Challenge is a voluntary program that aims to limit wasted excess food nationwide through donations to charity, reducing consumption, and increasing composting.

An honor ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley, campus will be held on November 15, and will include a tour to follow of the university's student-led composting network and innovative LeanPath computerized food waste tracking system. The LeanPath system provides real time data to avoid food waste and save money. The tour will provide a behind-the-scenes look at UC Berkeley's innovative approach to food management.

Media Kit: http://www.epa.gov/region9/mediacenter/foodrecovery/ Primary Visuals: Walk-through of waste diversion and recycling network Demonstration of LeanPath food waste tracking system Honor ceremony with representatives from state and federal agencies Who: Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Pacific Southwest Kyle Pogue, Division Director, State of California Materials Management and Local Assistance Gary Wolff, Executive Director, Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste.org) Michael Laux, Associate Director, UC Berkeley Housing & Dining Services Lisa McNeilly, Director, UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability What: Tour of waste minimization practices in the dining facility Demonstration of food waste tracking system Honor ceremony announcing 18 schools participating in program When: November 15, 2012, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Where: UC Berkeley Crossroads Dining Hall 2415 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720 (map) For more information on the Food Recovery Challenge, visit: http://www.epa.gov/foodrecoverychallenge/

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