Increasing Compost at Music City Center

Music City Center, a 2.1 million square foot facility, is located in the heart of downtown Nashville. The award-winning convention center is LEED Gold certified and maintains its commitment to advance sustainable practices throughout the building. Since opening in 2013, one of MCC’s key green initiatives has been food waste reduction.

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Not Just Farms

The mission of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is to bring people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors. Most of their efforts are through gleaning farms, but if there is an opportunity beyond the field that allows SoSA to reduce food waste and feed hungry neighbors, they will take it.

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Food Waste 101

Did you know that an estimated 40% of all the food produced in our country goes uneaten? Of the food that goes uneaten, around 98% of that ends up in landfills, with nearly 80% of that waste occurring at consumer-facing businesses (restaurants and grocery stores) and in homes.

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Greening the Kitchen

Home-cooked meals and an empty trash can. Read this intriguing article by Heidi Rupke in the edible Memphis magazine, about greening your kitchen.

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Get Food Smart TN

Get Food Smart TN is a statewide initiative launched by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) aimed at promoting the wise use of food and the sustainability of Tennessee’s food resources. The initiative creates a unique platform for the state to engage stakeholders in education, outreach, and recognition centered on the prevention, recovery, and diversion of food waste.

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Reducing Food Waste Across Tennessee

The statistics are staggering; 40 percent of all food produced in the United States goes uneaten, yet an estimated 42 million Americans are food insecure. A significant contributing factor to food waste is food loss that occurs at the agricultural level of our food system.

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TDEC Announces Inaugural Food Waste Initiative Participants

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced the first group of participants in Get Food Smart TN – a statewide initiative aimed at reducing food waste. The inaugural class was recognized on April 20, 2018 at an event hosted by former TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau and TDEC Assistant Commissioner Dr. Kendra Abkowitz Brooks.

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