SB'21: New Speakers. New Sessions!

Food Waste to Renewable Energy:
The Transformative Food Industry Alliance to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wednesday, 27 January 2021
2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT / 7:00pm BST / 8:00pm CEST
Sponsored By

Project Drawdown’s 2020 Review cites food waste reduction as the Number One solution in a list of 80+ solutions for combating climate change. Meet food industry leaders committed to pivot unavoidable food waste from a detrimental source of damaging greenhouse gas to carbon-negative renewable natural gas; a powerful tool to fight climate change. You’ll hear from founding members of the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance including Unilever, Starbucks, Dairy Farmers of America, and Vanguard Renewables about how they are pursuing a circular solution to climate change by repurposing unavoidable waste into renewable energy via farm-based anaerobic digestion, and decarbonizing thermal energy usage by converting to renewable natural gas derived from that food waste. Finally, they will share insights into their company's sustainability goals and the broader view of how they plan to meet those metrics.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to rethink manufacturing and supply chain with food waste management and repurposing as a cornerstone for decarbonization
  • Understand the role of American farmer in greenhouse gas reduction and the economic cycle, including the potential of regenerative agriculture for our planet
  • How food waste reduction and repurposing can impact Scope 3 emissions and attract customers focused on carbon neutrality
  • Beneficial role of carbon-negative renewable natural gas in the renewable energy/decarbonization mix

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David Darr
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer
Dairy Farmers of America

David has been with DFA since 2001 and currently serves as chief strategy and sustainability officer. In this role, David leads efforts to connect DFA’s strategy with members, employees and other stakeholders. In addition, David leads Cooperative efforts on sustainability, including environmental footprinting, animal care and corporate social responsibility. His previous areas of responsibility have included overseeing DFA’s Farm Services Division, creating and managing DFA’s Gold Standard Dairy Program and leading an economic analysis team.

Sripriya Navalpakam
Sustainability Manager

Sripriya Navalpakam is the Sustainability Manager at Unilever North America. Unilever is committed to take decisive action to fight climate change, regenerate nature and preserve resources. Sripriya started at Unilever in 2015 as a part of the Unilever Future Leaders Program and has held a wide variety of brand marketing and innovation roles prior.

Morgan Collins
Head of Sustainable Finance

Morgan Collins heads Starbucks' Sustainable Finance program. With a global mandate, this program focuses primarily in the coffee, dairy, and waste spaces, building opportunities which blend positive impacts to People, Planet, and Profit. Investments in the program vary in scale and form and are crafted to positively impact Starbucks environmental footprint in a tangible and science-based manner.

John Hanselman
Founder and Chief Corporate Development Officer
Vanguard Renewables

John Hanselman is the Founder and Chief Corporate Development Officer of Vanguard Renewables — the U.S. leader in farm-based organics to renewable energy. John has more than 30 years of experience leading mission-driven companies focused on disruptive, emerging technology and processes. He launched Vanguard Renewables in 2014 and has focused his work on developing a decarbonization pathway for the food and beverage industry by enabling the repurposing of unavoidable manufacturing and supply chain waste into renewable natural gas. (Read more ...)

Mark Tomaszewicz
Chief Experience Officer
Bulldog Drummond

Mark never likes to do things the same way twice. An explorer of ideas, people and experiences, he is happiest when he’s helping others see the world differently or checking out a new vantage point on his own. Purposeful wandering has led Mark to run up mountains, down random streets and on long car rides with just the right music. He’s always striving to make a meaningful impact on the world while not taking himself too seriously. After a first career in corporate finance, Mark has spent the last decade focused on guiding clients through experience design, brand activation and culture cultivation as well as having a leadership position with Sharp HealthCare and growing the luxury retailer PIRCH.

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