Local expert panel to explore options
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college in Dubuque, will host a panel discussion on reducing food waste at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 in Ballrooms C and D of its Alumni Campus Center. The event is sponsored by the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) and Green Iowa AmeriCorps and is open to the public.
The panel will feature experts from eastern Iowa, including Jenny Trent from the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, Bev Wagner from DMASWA, Ashley Noonan and Nick Schiesl from the Dubuque Rescue Mission, and Eric Anglada from Sinsinawa Mound.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated in 2011 that approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption worldwide is lost or wasted. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, constituting 21.6 percent of discarded municipal solid waste.
The panel conversation will focus on ways to limit the amount of food put in landfills by reducing waste, feeding people in need, providing food for livestock, and compost and renewable energy.
For more information on the Food Waste Reduction Discussion, contact Jacob Jansen at Jacob.Jansen@loras.edu or (563) 880-5787.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.