ReFED is a collaboration of over thirty business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to reducing United States food waste in the United States. ReFED seeks to unlock new philanthropic and investment capital, along with technology, business and policy innovation, to achieve this goal, which will catalyze tens of thousands of new jobs, recover billions of meals annually for the hungry, and reduce national water use and greenhouse gas emissions. ReFED was formed in early 2015 to create a Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, the first ever national economic study and action plan driven by a multistakeholder group committed to tackling food waste at scale. Recently, a number of initiatives have raised awareness of the magnitude of the problem. The Roadmap is designed to fill the gap between awareness and action, by creating transparency in the waste flows, costs and opportunities of a more efficient food system achieved by preventing, recovering, and recycling food waste. The Roadmap is the result of a collaborative stakeholder process, including input and support from ReFED members and over 80 additional industry experts.
The ReFED Steering Committee and Advisory Council played a critical role in driving the overall strategic direction of the Roadmap, ensuring it accurately represented the current food waste landscape, analyzed relevant and practical solutions, and resulted in actionable insights for all stakeholders.
Each ReFED Advisory Council and Steering Committee member contributed unique perspectives and expertise to The Roadmap, providing a holistic view of the challenges and opportunities for food waste reduction.
ReFED STEERING COMMITTEE
ReFED ADVISORY COUNCIL
ReFED is led by Sarah Vared, Interim Director of ReFED and Principal at MissionPoint Partners, and Eva Fowler.
MissionPoint Partners served as the project lead, coordinating the resources needed to develop the Roadmap. MissionPoint Partners is an impact investment firm specializing in environmental sustainability. Team contributors included Mark Cirilli, Joan Briggs, and Adam Rein.
Deloitte Consulting LLP and Resource Recycling Systems led the economic analysis and core technical drafting of the Roadmap.
Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Sustainability Offering works with clients to find new opportunities and manage risks by bringing expertise in energy, waste, and materials to both operations and supply chains. By leveraging this technical knowledge along with industry expertise and leading analytics solutions, Deloitte’s Sustainability Offering has helped clients execute strategies that have led to more than $3 billion in value. Team members included: Kyle Tanger, Sarah Matheson, Blythe Chorn, Robert Bui and Sierra Bayles.
RRS is a management and technical consulting firm with core strengths in sustainable materials management and recovery, materials and applied sustainable design, and public-private sector collaborative partnership projects. RRS contributed significant pro bono hours to this initiative. Team members included: JD Lindeberg, David Stead, Hunt Briggs, Nick Lange and Monica Walker.
Ocupop and the No. 29 directed communications and community engagement for the Roadmap.
Ocupop is a small, creative team focused on super-charging clients' efforts to change the world. Ocupop has studios in Milwaukee, Honolulu, and Whistler.
Team members included Michael Nieling, Abby Lindstrom, Amy Leibrock, and Tom Beck.
No. 29 Communications is a New York City-based media relations firm that works with companies, people, and organizations that challenge the status quo and create true impact.
Team members included Melody Serafino.
The Roadmap was made possible with the generous support and partnership from the following foundations:
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