Harvard was one of seven college and universities recently honored by the EPA with Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Awards.

“These New England colleges and universities are setting a great example by preventing more than 2528 tons of food scraps from disposal by using them for higher and better uses, including food donation and composting,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Award winners are using food to feed people, not disposal facilities.”

EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge invites organizations nationwide to save money through reducing, purchasing and lowering disposal fees for unconsumed food; supporting their community by diverting wholesome surplus food to feed people, not landfills or incinerators; and reducing their environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable food management. This program complements food waste recovery efforts by partnering with New England state environmental agencies.

Read the original announcement from the EPA.

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