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Nashville Food Waste Initiative

ELI serves as Senior Strategic Advisor for the Nashville Food Waste Initiativeformerly a pilot project by the Natural Resources Defense Council and now a permanent project of Urban Green Lab. For the length of the pilot (2015-2020), ELI Senior Attorney Linda Breggin served as the NFWI Project Director. Recently, NFWI has worked with Nashville Mayor John Cooper to issue the Mayor's Food Saver Challenge, which encourages restaurants and hospitality businesses to take steps to reduce the amount of food going to waste in Nashville. NFWI has served on a taskforce that advised the City of Nashville on the development of its Zero Waste Solid Waste Master Plan, and currently co-chairs Mayor Cooper’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (and co-chairs the Waste Reduction Subcommittee) which will advise the Mayor's Office on its Climate Action Plan that will address food waste reduction with respect to mitigation and resilience.

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