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Food Waste’s Shocking Truths: Hunger, Business and YOU
Over 40% of edible food in the US goes unused, lost in production, distribution, and consumption. From farm to fork to landfill, more than food is lost. [CBSAC/NY event]

We waste 10% of energy, 50% of land use and 80% of freshwater getting food to our tables. (NRDC Stats)  

Our panelists will look at local policymaking, grassroots activism, and corporate social responsibility examining ways to reduce waste, make donations, and innovate with new business models to increase efficiency in our food system.  

Join the discussion, as we explore environmental and economic imperatives to reclaim our wasted food. This event is part of the MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN series.

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Ron Gonen, Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation; Co-Founder and former CEO, Recyclebank


  • Marjorie J. Clarke, Ph. D., Environmental Scientist, Educator, and Waste Management Expert
  • Janet Kalish, NYC Teacher and Freegan, a group using alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in a profit-driven economy and minimal consumption of resources 
  • Brandon Tidwell, Manager of Sustainability, Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest full-service restaurant operating group

Sustainable Food Reception Generously Provided By

More to be announced!! 

Exclusive Business Exhibitor Extras  


DATE: Thursday, April 18, 6:00-10pm

LOCATION: Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC), 55 Lexington Ave. (Baruch College, enter on E.25th St.—between Lexington and 3rd Ave.)

• 6:00 - 6:30pm Doors Open and Early Networking 
• 6:30 - 8:15pm Program  
• 8:15 - 10:00pm Reception

COST (Includes networking reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres):
$25 for CBSACNY, MCC Members & Students, $40 for non-members, NYBSC members, $60 at the door
Earth week special - $45 at the door

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Advance registration for all CBSACNY events closes at 12:00 noon on the day of the event.  You may purchase a ticket online until then.  If you don’t register in advance and there is still space, you may get a ticket at the door, at the higher walk-in rate. Photo ID is needed to enter the building.

  Season 4 Certificate Program on Sustainable Business

Third Event of a Five-Part Series. Attend four out of five through June 2013 to earn a Certificate. 

Future topics include a Sustainability Site Tour (May) and Energy (June).  

For more information: sustainablebusiness@cbsacny.org 

NON-MEMBERS and WALK-INS WELCOME (photo ID required)

Special thanks to Baruch Performing Arts Center for hosting this event, to Lead Dog Marketing for hosting our monthly committee meetings, to the companies who provided food, wine and beverages for our reception and to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for their support.                                                                                    

This event was organized by Stacey K. Williams, Nicole Rousseau, Michelle Hardy and the Sustainable Business Committee.

About the speakers:

Ron Gonen is the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation for New York City where he is responsible for the city's recycling program, including residential, school and institutional curbside collection, organics, ewaste, textiles, and hazardous waste.  Ron is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School where he teaches a course on entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration, Ron was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Healthy Planet Partners, which deploys renewable energy solutions to sports stadiums and athletic facilities. Prior to Healthy Planet Partners, Ron was the Co-founder and CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, RecycleBank grew from an idea to a company that serviced over 100 cities and over 1m households. RecycleBank was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 2009 Technology Pioneer and the Wall Street Journal as the #1 Venture Backed Clean Tech Company in 2010.

Ron was a recipient of the 2010 University Medal of Excellence from Columbia University, and is a 2009 Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme. He is a Henry Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ron is the lead investor in Linhardt Design Studio and serves on the Board of Advisors of DailyFeats and is on the Board of Trustees of RARE Conservation.

Maggie Clarke has been one of the leaders in waste prevention advocacy in New York City since the late 1980s.  She has been an educator and researcher in environmental science and zero waste practices for over 20 years, a professional in solid waste management for over 30 years. 

Maggie is the Vice Chair of the Air & Waste Management Association’s Division on Municipal and Medical Waste Management. She is on the Board of the National Recycling Coalition and the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling. She was chair and vice chair of the Manhattan Citizens’ Solid Waste Advisory Board, and served for many years as Chair of the waste prevention committee then of its successor, the NYC Waste Prevention Coalition. Maggie has taught environmental science and policy and related topics at four of the CUNY colleges and Rutgers as adjunct professor, and has authored numerous articles and conducted research in various aspects of zero waste, including understanding and increasing recycling participation and measuring impacts of zero waste on climate change.   www.maggieclarkeenvironmental.com 

Janet Kalish is a freegan, active in the NYC freegan group (freegan.info) since 2004.   She has always been conscious of waste and interested in finding ways to reduce it.  Approximately 90% of what she eats is found/dumpsterdived/salvaged food.  Most of what she wears is reclaimed, refashioned, or second-hand.  She is a New York City high school Spanish teacher, and is involved in the school's recycle team and animal rights club.  Janet’s hope is that by shifting our priorities, rethinking the way we use transportation, the way we make and distribute food, the way we furnish and design our homes, the way we "consume" entertainment, the way we dress, by creatively reducing and reusing (way more than recycling), and by rethinking how we structure our societies and communities, we can vastly and significantly empower ourselves and others, reclaiming our own minds and our planet.

Brandon Tidwell is Manager of Sustainability for Darden Restaurants. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of corporate sustainability strategies and policies across all of Darden; and to report out on Darden’s sustainability goals to reduce energy and water 15% by 2015 as well as send zero waste to landfill.

Darden is the world's largest full-service restaurant operating company with annual sales of $8.0 billion. The company owns and operates more than 2,000 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House restaurants in North America, employs more than 190,000 people and serves more than 400 million meals annually. In 2013, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the third year in a row.

Brandon joined Darden from FedEx where he served as Global Citizenship Program Advisor. Brandon is an MBA candidate at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Baylor and a certificate in Philanthropy from New York University. He is also the 2010 recipient of Net Impact’s Force for Change Award.



Event Information
Thursday, Apr 18 2013 at 6:00pm - 10:00pm [ iCal ]
Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC)
55 Lexington Ave. enter 25th St, betw Lex + 3rd
New York, NY 10010

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