Nashville Food Waste Initiative
Urban Green Lab’s Food Waste Initiatives highlight best practices in food waste reduction, recycling, and rescue.
In 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) -- a leading national environmental organization of scientists, lawyers, economists, and other experts -- selected Nashville as its pilot city for developing high-impact local policies and on-the-ground actions to address food waste. NRDC, in partnership with Urban Green Lab, is developing local and national strategies to prevent food from going to waste, rescue surplus food, and recycle food scraps. The Nashville Food Waste Initiative (NFWI) develops and implements strategies and tools as models for cities around the country.
The NFWI’s goal is to engage governments, consumers, restaurants, community institutions, and retailers to prevent food waste, rescue surplus food to direct to hungry people, and compost and digest what’s left to help build healthy soil. Cities play a critical role in meeting America’s food waste challenge. Up to 40 percent of the food we produce in the United States goes uneaten and 95 percent of food waste is disposed in landfills. When we waste food, we also waste the water, energy, agricultural chemicals, and labor that goes into growing, storing and transporting it.
James Beard Food Scrap Cooking Competition
Guidelines for Donating and Handling Surplus Foods
Resources for Best Practices
The NRDC is moving to the next phase of its work to reduce food waste in cities and Nashville will be one of the two regional hubs!Read More
In 2015, NRDC selected Nashville as its pilot city for developing high-impact local policies and actions to address food waste by preventing food…Read More
Todd Lawrence, executive director of Urban Green Lab, will co-chair the Waste Reduction subcommittee of the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.Read More
Local restaurants challenged to reduce the amount of food they waste while helping to feed hungry Nashvillians throughout the holiday season and beyond.Read More
The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger and Zero Waste Foundation recently donated $100,000 to Nashville-based nonprofit organization Urban Green Lab to support food waste reduction education for Metro Nashville Public Schools.Read More
The Center for Nonprofit Management has announced the winners of its annual Salute to Excellence Awards.Read More