The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community are of utmost importance to us and we remain excited to host you next spring. We will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 to ensure that we can provide a safe event for all.
Presented by ReFED, the Food Waste Solutions Summit is the premier food waste event of the year, bringing together food businesses, funders, solution providers, innovators, policymakers, nonprofits, and more to drive the adoption of solutions to reach our collective goal of a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.
Food waste is a problem that can be solved, and that’s what the Food Waste Solutions Summit is all about. Featuring panels, working sessions, field trips, networking events, innovator demos, exhibits, and more, this is our chance to align efforts and get motivated for the work ahead.VenueMcNamara Alumni CenterUniversity of Minnesota200 Oak Street S.E., Suite 100Minneapolis, MN 55455DatesMay 10-12, 2022AgendaTuesday, May 10: Field trips, event kick-off and welcome receptionWednesday, May 11: Full-day Summit programmingThursday, May 12 - Morning Summit programming, afternoon affiliate eventsHotelThe host hotel for the Summit is The Graduate Minneapolis, located at 615 Washington Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414. To reserve your hotel, please visit this link, or call 612-379-8888, press 1 for reservations, and ask for the 2021 Food Waste Summit hosted by ReFED. We’ve secured a discounted rate of $199/night (excluding taxes and fees). In order to receive this rate you need to reserve your room(s) no later than February 26th.
ReFED is offering a series of field trips on May 10, 2022 between 1:00-4:00PM before the Summit kick-off and Welcome Reception. Field trips are intended to introduce Summit attendees to the local food system in Minneapolis and bring food waste and sustainability to life. Transportation and all costs are covered by ReFED.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and will close as soon as each field trips max capacity is reached. Release forms may be required for some locations and will be distributed once the final group is confirmed.
If a Field Trip is full and you'd like to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected]
Specialized Environmental Technologies is Minnesota's leader in organics recycling. Every year SET and their partners divert millions of pounds of food scraps from the landfill and turn it into high quality compost that benefits the soil and the environment for generations to come. SET believes a key component to successful organics recycling programs is understanding how compost is made and the benefits of using it. By touring SET's Empire Organics Processing facility, participants will see firsthand how food and yard waste are turned into environmentally beneficial compost. They will get an up close look at the equipment in operation and a detailed explanation of the process from start to finish. Questions are encouraged and welcome!
Minnesota Central Kitchen (MCK) was born in the early days of the pandemic to rescue abandoned food, re-employ furloughed workers, and get urgently needed meals to folks facing hunger. Today, through a robust community network of more than 100 partners, MCK is ensuring ready-to-eat meals are available in communities and to families who need it most. MCK kitchen partners order and receive meal ingredients from Second Harvest Heartland’s food bank supply chain, 60% of which are rescued from otherwise going to waste. Chefs transform ingredients into individual and family-style meals, with special effort placed on serving culturally connected meals made by and for communities of color. A network of trusted partners then brings meals to dozens of sites across our region for individuals and families to enjoy. Join us for a tour of MCK kitchens that produce community connected meals:Pham's Rice Bowl in the Global Market produces food for HOPE Youth Center and other partners most effected by the uprisings following George Floyd's murder. Meet owner Trung Pham and hear from community leaders.Afro Deli produces Halal meals for homebound seniors. Meet Chef Moussa and hear how he has responded to the needs of the East African community during the pandemic.Appetite for Change produces meals that are delivered to hundreds of families in North Minneapolis each week. Talk with Chef Emmiet and his team and hear how they are using meals as a way to care for their community.
Located in the heart of the "bread basket," Second Harvest Heartland is one of the largest food banks in the country. Second Harvest Heartland is dedicated to reducing food waste by working with manufacturing, retail and agricultural partners to divert safe, edible food from ending up in landfills and provide it to people in need. Come tour the new, state of the art warehouse and headquarters at Second Harvest Heartland, including a temperature controlled clean room to process fresh foods. Meet the leaders who source and recover the food and join a discussion about how your food bank can do more to reduce waste and end hunger.
The Good Acre is a nonprofit food hub whose mission is to connect and strengthen farmers, food makers, and communities through good food. Their work centers on offering one on one technical assistance to local produce farmers, creating wholesale markets that pay an equitable price to farmers, and supporting small food businesses through operating a shared-use commercial kitchen space. The Good Acre also offers CPG-focused business workshops, a vocational culinary training program with a farm-to-school focus, warehousing, and a 500+ member multi-farm share program. Tour the space and learn more about this innovative food hub and the role it plays in supporting the local Twin Cities food system.
NETZRO is a state-of-art food upcycling platform that helps power the safe capture and conversion of industrial food & beverage byproducts into new sustainable upcycled food ingredients at scale. NETZRO’s regional processing center is located in the Wycliff Building in St Paul, https://www.thewycliff.com/ . The Wycliff is a flexible industrial space supporting small to medium food manufacturing with modern infrastructure and growth-friendly amenities to stir imagination and fuel productivity.
The SMSC Organics Recycling Facility is a large scale, commercial composting facility in Shakopee, MN. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) opened the Organics Recycling Facility to reflect the Dakota tradition of caring for the earth. Since opening in 2011, the ORF has diverted over 400,000 tons of material for composting. Last year, the facility sold over 80,000 CY of compost to residential and commercial customers. Come tour our facility to see how we turn food waste into compost. The City of Minneapolis rolled out its residential organics recycling program in 2016-2017. Come learn from Minneapolis' Recycling Coordinator, Kellie Kish, about the City roll-out of the organics program and the education and outreach efforts that have led to over 50% of it’s customers participating and less than 1% contamination in the material that’s collected.
It's not just the grass that's green! At Target Field, sustainability and environmental stewardship are important elements of building design and operations. Target Field achieved Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, and was the highest-ranked LEED-certified major league ballpark upon its completion. Target Field leads the way in water reuse and recycling, and transit. On the Environment and Sustainability tour, learn how LEED credits are earned at Target Field, and how the ballpark meets the many environmental challenges of a sports facility.
The Bühler Food Application Center in Minneapolis is a unique installation, a playground for the food industry. Drawing on 160 years of food processing expertise, we’ve created this pilot plant as a platform for developing new ways to transform peas, chickpeas, beans, corn, oats, special grains and many other crops, into flours, flakes, snacks, pasta, cereals, meat analogs, food ingredients, and a myriad of extruded products. The new food solutions created here will lead to more sustainable food systems and better nutrition for millions of people.
The 2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit presented by ReFED will be utilizing an app onsite. To facilitate networking and engagement, we would like to include attendees' social media information in each individual's profile. If you would like to participate, please provide your information below.
With regards to attendee health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit presented by ReFED will be following all applicable national and local public health guidelines in order to provide as safe as an environment as possible when meeting in person for the Summit. This segment of the Health and Safety Information may be revised as needed to reflect the latest guidance and is current as of 10/6/2021.
In order to participate at the 2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit presented by ReFED, attendees must either provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test as of May 8, 2022 or later, upon checking in at the registration desk.
In addition, the organizers ask that you:
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Refund PolicyCancellations will be accepted through Monday, April 18, 2022 and are subject to a $50 cancellation fee + transaction fees, which covers the non-refundable processing fees we incur when taking registrations and payments. No refunds will be made for cancellations after this date. Requests should be sent by email to [email protected], subject line ‘CANCELLATION’ by April 12, 2022. Refunds will be processed on a rolling basis and may be deferred until after the meeting. If you are unable to attend and would like to send someone in your place, substitutions are welcome at no additional cost. If you have questions, please reach out to Kate at [email protected].Pay by Credit Card: Credit Card refunds will be processed on a rolling basis and may be deferred until after the Summit.
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