The National Sustainable Lodging Network recently announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), working with over a dozen other private and public organizations, has launched a “Further with Food” website. This virtual resource is designed to help businesses, government entities, NGOs, academics and individuals find and share information about proven solutions and innovative new approaches to reduce the volume of surplus food generated, feed hungry people and divert food scraps to the highest beneficial use. The site provides a broad spectrum of users – from experts to novices – with high-quality information and proven solutions to reduce food loss and waste, as well as a platform to share research, experiences, innovative approaches and tools. Restaurants and food service providers are a targeted audience for this resource.
The National Sustainable Lodging Network is an online community of sustainable hospitality practitioners provided by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) network of regional centers . NEWMOA is an interstate association that has a membership composed of the hazardous waste, solid waste, waste site cleanup and pollution prevention programs in the Northeastern states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The P2Rx is a national partnership of regional centers that advance pollution prevention as a cornerstone of sustainability. The EPA created the grant program that supports P2Rx in 1997. The centers ensure easy access to high-quality information on how to prevent and reduce pollution through source reduction and conservation of natural resources. The centers also build communities of practice, provide technical assistance and measure pollution-prevention program results.
Implementing sustainable practices at lodging facilities can have positive environmental impacts, including reductions in energy consumption, water consumption, wastewater discharges, stormwater runoff, solid waste generation, and others. To access the National Sustainable Lodging Network and its resources, you need to be a member. New users can sign-up for free.