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

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
Vanguard Renewables
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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
Chief Sustainability Officer
Vanguard Renewables

David Darr is Chief Sustainability Officer at Vanguard Renewables. He has over 20 years of experience working with dairy farmers around the country to implement sustainable and regenerative farming practices. Most recently, Darr served as the SVP and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer for the Dairy Farmers of America. He holds both a BS and MS in Agriculture Economics from Ohio State University, and an MBA from Rockhurst University.

Sripriya Navalpakam
Manager, Sustainability

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, Starbucks

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 & Chief Strategy Officer
Vanguard Renewables

John Hanselman is Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Vanguard Renewables — the U.S. leader in farm-based organics to renewable energy. John launched Vanguard Renewables in 2014 to connect farm-based anaerobic digestion to agricultural resilience and produce renewable energy. His work includes finding a decarbonization pathway for the food and beverage industry by enabling the repurposing of unavoidable manufacturing and supply chain waste into renewable natural gas. John’s strength is bringing together partners in the decarbonization journey and Vanguard has strategic partnerships with Dairy Farmers of America and Dominion Energy, among others. (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.