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    • 20 Mar 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Virtual, Eastern Time Zone

    Approximately 25% (66 million tons) of the U.S. municipal waste stream is food. According to the EPA, this food waste and the annual energy used in producing, processing, preparing, distributing, and disposing of it contributes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions equivalent to 60 coal-fired power plants per year. This webinar will highlight an emerging national strategy around food waste reduction and reuse with a focus on food processing and manufacturing. It will also cover important regulatory, energy, and economic factors for manufacturers to consider in evaluating opportunities for upcycling byproduct or donating unused food to local food banks to help address the needs of underserved communities. A case study will be presented to illustrate these considerations. The webinar will conclude with a presentation of tools and resources that are available to help inform decision making, including technical assistance opportunities.


    Dr. Gregory Ziegler, Distinguished Professor of Food Science · Penn State Agricultural Sciences

    Dr. Gregory R. Ziegler is a Distinguished Professor of Food Science at Penn State University, where he also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies. With a Ph.D. in Food Engineering from Cornell University, Dr. Ziegler has established himself as an expert in food process engineering and food materials science. His research interests revolve around foods as composite materials, focusing on the physical properties and processing of polymeric and particulate foods. Dr. Ziegler's extensive expertise in the science and engineering of chocolate manufacturing prompted his exploration of natural food colorants, leading to opportunities for upcycling avocado seeds into valuable commercial products. Supported by the William and Lois Dietrich Endowment in Food Bioprocessing and serving as a faculty affiliate of the Materials Research Institute, Dr. Ziegler also oversees the Food Characterization Laboratory and teaches several courses, including an Introductory Food Science Practicum and course in Managing Food Quality. His dedication to the field is reflected in his numerous publications, $7.5 million in research support, and numerous accolades.

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    • 20 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual (MS Teams), Eastern Time Zone

    Meeting Agenda:

    • Discuss ideas for future webinar topics or issues you would like to learn more about during our meetings
    • Introduce Speaker
    • NPPR Food & Beverage Webinar - P2 Solutions for Dairy Production Facilities in Minnesota
    • Q/A Discussion


    This meeting will include a brief discussion about topics/ideas for upcoming Food and Beverage Workgroup meetings and a webinar presenting the findings of internship projects at dairy facilities in Minnesota.


    Each summer, the University of Minnesota's Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) hires junior and senior college students who have strong technical backgrounds and leadership abilities to work on waste and energy reduction projects at companies in Minnesota. Kevin Philpy, Senior Engineer and Internship Advisor, will discuss the results of two dairy internship projects.

    The first project at Kemps, a local creamery and dairy farm, focused on dairy product conservation and waste minimization. Kemps discharges approximately 1,200,000 gallons of milk annually to the wastewater drains; and 233,000 gallons of milk to human food by-product at a cost of over $500,000 a year. The goal of this project was to focus on product conservation, and identifying where there is product being lost. Recommendations were also to be formed to work on reducing significant areas of product loss.

    The second project took place at St. Paul Beverage Solutions. At BevSo, water is used primarily for cooling and cleaning and is used throughout the facility. Most of the water is heated to high temperatures for both production and sanitation. Since this facility has products with kosher certification, a lot of heated water is used to maintain this standard. This project team believed a lot of opportunity to conserve water and fuel could be found in this process. A lot of fuel savings could also be explored through insulation of tanks and pipes.


    Kathy Black

    Pollution Prevention Manager

    New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

    Kathy is a member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) Board of Directors and Chair of the Food and Beverage Workgroup.

    Kevin Philpy


    Kevin Philpy joined MnTAP in 2022 following six years as an EHS manager in the food industry, overseeing management and permitting of wastewater, stormwater, waste, and chemical storage. He spent ten years at the beginning of his career as an environmental consultant, supporting compliance and investigation projects in numerous manufacturing and transportation industries. Kevin’s work with MnTAP focuses on pollution prevention efforts in Minnesota’s numerous food and beverage manufacturing facilities, and he is passionate about waste reduction and water conservation. As a native Midwesterner, he has an appreciation for local food production and agriculture, and he enjoys helping businesses save money and resources while lowering their environmental impact. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

    • 24 Apr 2024
    • 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • 25 Apr 2024
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual, Central Time Zone

    The conference will feature traditional 15-minute presentations and lightning talk sessions on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and outreach in the soil, water, and air. In addition, there were plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the environment.

    The Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference, co-hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, has been held annually since 2016. ECEC24 is a certified green event by the University of Illinois’ Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.

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Past events

25 Jan 2024 Sustainability Cohort Virtual Information Session
25 Jan 2024 Energy-Saving Opportunities in the Food & Beverage Sector
12 Dec 2023 National P2 Grantee Meeting
20 Sep 2023 26th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show: ReBranding Sustainability
20 Jul 2023 Alternative Sanitizers & Disinfectants for the Food and Beverage Industry Webinar
29 Jun 2023 Combined P2 and Zero Waste Training
10 May 2023 Learn About the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) 2023 Survey
2 May 2023 Discover How CO2 Capture Can Benefit Your Brewery and the Environment
25 Apr 2023 Swimming Pool Pollution Prevention
19 Apr 2023 Detoxifying Commerce
12 Apr 2023 Pollution Prevention Webinar: Protecting TN's Natural Resources
16 Feb 2023 Leadership & Voluntary Programs Workgroup - EPA P2 Grantee Meeting Discussion
27 Jan 2023 6th Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) Survey
11 Jan 2023 January Food & Beverage Workgroup Roundtable
14 Dec 2022 Webinar: Science Based Targets initiatives (SBTi) Within Your Manufacturing Company
13 Dec 2022 Strategies for Residential Food Waste Reduction & Composting webinar
16 Nov 2022 Webinar: Sustainability Challenges in Manufacturing
24 Oct 2022 5th Annual Michigan Sustainability Conference
24 Oct 2022 North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) Conference
18 Oct 2022 2022 P2 West Roundtable
22 Sep 2022 Garden Hotline Q&A Livestream
22 Sep 2022 Closing the Green Gap: Bringer Safer Products to Underserved Communities
22 Sep 2022 Michigan Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: Green Financing for New Development, Building Upgrades and Renewables
22 Sep 2022 Pollution Prevention Waste Management Workshop
21 Sep 2022 Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show
20 Sep 2022 Solar Panel Recycling & Washington State EPR
12 Sep 2022 NPPR Food & Beverage Workgroup Meeting
17 Aug 2022 2022 Intern Symposium (Minnesota Technical Assistance Program - MnTAP)
4 Aug 2022 2022 Intern Symposium (Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute)
27 Jul 2022 Cannabis Waste Issues
13 Jul 2022 Improving Your Vision To See More Savings Webinar (TMAC)
28 Jun 2022 The Nexus Between Green Business Programs and Pollution Prevention
21 Jun 2022 NPPR Metal Finishing Workgroup Webinar - June 21
25 May 2022 Dry Ice Blasting for Industrial Equipment Cleaning, Degreasing, and Graffiti Removal (greenUP! training)
18 May 2022 Safer Alternatives for Solvent Applications in Graffiti Management, Auto Repair and Industrial (greenUP! training Part 4 of 4)
4 May 2022 Safer Cleaning and Thinning Alternatives for Industrial Facilities (greenUP! training Part 3 of 4)
20 Apr 2022 Safer Alternatives for Toxic Solvents - Auto Repair Facilities (greenUP! training Part 2 of 4)
14 Apr 2022 Trichloroethylene (TCE) Alternatives Project
6 Apr 2022 Safer Alternatives for Toxic Solvents - Graffiti Management (greenUP! training Part 1 of 4)
16 Mar 2022 TN Sustainable Spirits Webinar Series: Sustainability and Clean-In-Place (CIP) Techniques
14 Mar 2022 P2 Professionals Committee: Discussion of Upcoming P2 Grants
9 Mar 2022 P2 Professionals Workgroup Meeting
7 Mar 2022 March F&B Workgroup Roundtable
1 Feb 2022 Metal Finishers Workgroup Meeting
10 Jan 2022 NPPR Food & Beverage Workgroup - Anaerobic Digestion
17 Nov 2021 P2U: Leadership & Voluntary Programs Driving P2 Initiatives
15 Nov 2021 Food & Beverage Workgroup Roundtable
21 Sep 2021 Digitizing POTWs and Water Providers: Advancing the Use of Data in Water Programs
20 Sep 2021 Food & Beverage Workgroup Roundtable
10 Sep 2021 K-State Pollution Prevention Institute P2 Intern Symposium
18 Aug 2021 MnTAP 2021 Virtual Intern Symposium
19 Jul 2021 Food & Beverage Workgroup Roundtable
30 Jun 2021 Recycling and Materials Management in the Spirits Industry
22 Jun 2021 How to Cultivate a Culture of Sustainability at Your Facility
27 May 2021 Zero Waste: Making the Connection to P2
25 May 2021 Innovative Solutions: CO2 Capture Technology
17 May 2021 Food & Beverage Workgroup Roundtable
11 May 2021 NY Sustainable Brewery Summit - Day 2
4 May 2021 NY Sustainable Brewery Summit - Day 1
28 Apr 2021 Virginia Green Travel Conference
27 Apr 2021 Energy Treasure Hunts for Microbreweries
16 Apr 2021 Greening Your Bottom Line: Reducing Operating Costs in Food and Beverage Businesses
30 Mar 2021 ESI Environmental Benchmarking Series/Food & Beverage Event with Sierra Nevada Brewing
23 Mar 2021 PFAS in Food Packaging
17 Mar 2021 Part II: Best Practices for Reducing Fugitive Emissions From Ammonia Refrigeration Systems Used in the Food and Beverage Sector
11 Mar 2021 Navigating the Hierarchy of Food Recovery Webinar Series. Part 4: Beyond the Hierarchy
25 Feb 2021 Tools for Safer Chemicals - from Chemicals to Products to Organizations
24 Feb 2021 The LEAN-P2 Connection: Learning to See
22 Feb 2021 TN Sustainable Spirits Webinar
11 Feb 2021 Navigating the Hierarchy of Food Recovery Webinar Series - Part 3: Diversion
10 Feb 2021 F&B Workgroup February Roundtable
15 Dec 2020 P2U Chemical Substitution and Green Alternatives for the Metal Finishing Sector
19 Nov 2020 P2U Celebrating Success: Fostering a P2 Culture
29 Oct 2020 P2U Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing Workgroup Meeting
1 Oct 2020 Leadership & Voluntary Program Workgroup Discussion: EMS-based Membership Program Review Process
22 Sep 2020 People, Prosperity, Planet…the Journey to Sustainability: P2 Week and NPPR's P2U Kickoff Webinar
21 Sep 2020 NPPR 35th Anniversary - P2 Virtual Reunion
5 Aug 2020 NPPR August F&B Webinar: TN Sustainable Spirits Program
28 May 2020 Leadership & Voluntary Program Workgroup Webinar
1 Apr 2020 NPPR Food & Beverage April Webinar
4 Mar 2020 NPPR Food & Beverage March webinar
27 Feb 2020 Leadership & Voluntary Program Workgroup Webinar
12 Feb 2020 February Food & Beverage Workgroup Webinar
23 Jan 2020 Leadership & Voluntary Programs Workgroup Webinar - Jan
4 Dec 2019 Food & Beverage December Webinar - TUR in the F&B Sector
2 Oct 2019 October Food & Beverage Webinar
25 Sep 2019 Fall 2019 Membership Call - Rescheduled
18 Sep 2019 Fall 2019 Membership Call

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