Title of Session:  Food Waste BMPs and the Essential Role of EH Specialists in Food Waste Diversion

Length of Session: 1 hour, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday May 10, 2017

Speakers:  - Savannah North, MPH Project Manager, Food Waste Reduction: Role of Environmental Health, Center for Climate Change & Health, PHI  Mike Haller, Program Manager for Orange County Environmental Health’s Food & Pool Safety ProgramProgram Manager for Orange County Environmental Health’s Food & Pool Safety Program

Description of Session:  Recent state mandates that outline mandatory organics diversion and short-lived climate pollutant emission reduction, AB 1826 and SB 1383 respectively, and increased awareness of excessive food waste and high rates of food insecurity have brought to light the essential role of the Environmental Health Specialist. This session will provide insight into the relationship between food waste, food insecurity, climate change, and public health. Following a thorough review of the nexus between the topics outlined above, this session will review the current barriers to optimal surplus food diversion and donation and the best management practices for Environmental Health Departments and Specialists.

Educational Objective:  Attendees will learn about the compelling nexus between food waste, food insecurity, and climate change and the essential role of Environmental Health Specialists in increasing food waste diversion and safe food donation. Attendees will learn about identified best management practices related to safe surplus food donation within California.

Anticipated Educational Outcomes for Session:  
•    Understand the relationship between food waste, food insecurity, climate change, and public health.
•    Describe the unique and essential role of Environmental Health Specialists in increasing food waste diversion and safe surplus food donation.
•    Describe the current barriers to optimal food diversion and donation.
•    Describe the identified best management practices for EH related to food diversion and donation.