If Food is Too Good to Waste, Then Why Do We All Waste It?
Laura Moreno MS, PhD in Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group (ERG)
Laura will discuss her work, research and goals on preventing food waste through individual behavior change.
"The overall goal of my research is to reduce the amount of food that is wasted in the United States. It is estimated that around 40% of the edible food grown in the United States never gets eaten! Focusing on influencing behavior to prevent food waste in households is still a new endeavor. Specifically, my research applies sociological, psychological, and economic theories to the process of wasting food. I worked in two of the communities piloting the U.S. EPA’s Food: Too Good to Waste program which should be launched nationally soon to perform the research. Previously, while at the EPA, I worked primarily on proper disposal of food waste via composting and anaerobic digestion. Now, I focus on preventing the food from being wasted in the first place because that has the potential to have a much larger impact. What I am finding is fascinating!"
Laura earned her B.S. degree from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education. While an undergraduate, she initiated and led several campus programs relating to green building and recycling, including the Building Sustainability at Cal Program. They aimed to educate and engage students while reducing the campus’ environmental impact. Prior to ERG, Laura worked at the U.S. EPA on renewable energy and sustainable material management with a focus on wasted food. At ERG, she plans to explore the role of the individual in environmental behavior change through the lens of sustainable materials management.
12:00 - introductions
12:10 - 1:00pm - Laura Moreno
1:00 - 1:30pm - open discussion and updates from the group