Rachel Chaput, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Materials Management program, will be the featured speaker at the Sustainable Warwick on Wed., Feb. 21 at the Warwick Senior Center, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick, NY. This program was originally scheduled for January but post posed due to weather.
The EPA Sustainable Materials Management program strives to reduce the amount of municipal solid waste entering landfills. This not only reduces problems with landfills, but also saves municipalities money.
To accomplish this goal, the agency relies heavily on two voluntary, free partnership programs: WasteWise ((https://www.epa.gov/smm/wastewise) and Food Recovery Challenge (https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/food-recovery-challenge-frc). Rachel will explain these programs and how participation in them could assist Warwick in its sustainability goals.
Rachel will also discuss the EPA toolkit available for helping communities reduce food waste. It is called “Food: Too Good to Waste” and the complete toolkit and implementation guide can be found at https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/food-too-good-waste-implementation-guide-and-toolkit.
Rachel Chaput has worked for the U.S. EPA Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) for 25 years and recently moved to Warwick.