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ReFED Summit 2022: key takeaways and moving forward

Posted by Steve Finn, VP of Sustainability & Public Affairs on May 19, 2022

After a lengthy Covid-related break, Leanpath was pleased to join numerous colleagues, partners and food system changemakers for the ReFED 2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit in Minneapolis last week.

We would like to share our congratulations to the ReFED team for an expansive, exceptionally well-curated session that covered multiple sectors and themes (consumer change, climate, capital, DEIJ, health, innovation, etc.) while underscoring the need for urgent action to halve food waste in accordance with the 2030 United Nations’ goal.

The action focus at the summit was clear. Upon entering the venue, participants were greeted with several inspirational messages on large banners drawing from the ReFED Insights Engine and the Roadmap to 2030. One message reminded everyone that “Food waste is a solvable problem. Here’s how to do it.” Another noted, “No Time. No Food to Waste. What actions will you take to promote the key insights and learnings from the Summit?”

In keeping with that inspirational framing, below are five (non-exhaustive) key takeaways from the summit.

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Topics: Sustainability

Earth Day 2022: "Don't underestimate the importance of food waste."

Posted by Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO on April 22, 2022

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Hello everyone and happy Earth Day. I'm Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder and CEO Andrew Shakman.

I have one simple thought and request for you as we collectively reflect today on the changes needed to sustain our planet.

My request: please don’t underestimate the importance of food waste.

When Earth Day was founded 52 years ago, food waste prevention was not a central concern. But this year, the newest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change references food waste 125 times.

And there’s a reason for that.

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Topics: Sustainability

Celebrating B Corp Month

Posted by Lynn Zhang /// Customer Success Manager on March 31, 2022

March is B Corp month, a time specifically devoted to raising awareness of the importance of the unique nature of B Corporations, and to celebrate the work that B Corporations around the world do to positively impact people and planet.

Leanpath team members are highly mission-driven in committing to ensure a sustainable future for all by making food waste prevention and measurement everyday practice in the world’s kitchens, and therefore we are naturally energized by our B Corp status. (That's us in the picture volunteering at an Oregon food bank!)

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Topics: Sustainability

Leanpath is nominated for the Earthshot Prize

Posted by Steve Finn, VP of Sustainability & Public Affairs on March 15, 2022

Leanpath is thrilled to be nominated for the prestigious Earthshot Prize.

The Earthshot Prize seeks to catalyze efforts to repair and regenerate the planet by scaling solutions in five core areas that underpin the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Protect and Restore Nature, Clean our Air, Revive our Oceans, Build a Waste-free World, and Fix our Climate. Each of these five areas is critical, and all are detailed further in the organization’s Roadmap to Regeneration summary, which also includes a simple yet powerful equation that underlies the iniative: Urgent Optimism + Action = Change.

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Topics: Sustainability

Google announces ambitious food waste goal, 10 million pounds already prevented with Leanpath

Posted by Sam Smith, Director of Marketing on March 7, 2022

Since beginning our partnership in 2014, Google has prevented 10 million pounds of food from being wasted using Leanpath, the equivalent of eliminating 25,000 metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

Michiel Bakker, Google's VP of Global Programs, made the announcement along with news of the company’s ambitious prevention goal:

To protect our planet and keep it healthy, we need to collectively cut back on food waste — for us at Google, that means doubling down on our efforts to reduce waste in our kitchens and cafes. By 2025, we aim to cut food waste in half for each Googler and send zero food waste to the landfill.”

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Topics: Sustainability