Astrapto Announces Food Recovery Workshop at the Baltimore Convention Center
Milestone event to take place Wednesday, July 11th
Baltimore, Md. (June 18, 2018) – On Wednesday, July 11th from 1pm to 5pm ET, the Baltimore Convention Center will host a valuable workshop to expose the greater Baltimore hospitality community to food waste reduction strategies, technologies, and services. Attendees will learn strategies for food conservation, hear lessons learned, and speak with vendors who offer products and services to help hospitality businesses with food waste reduction.
Food waste has become a hot topic capturing the attention of decision makers across a broad spectrum of organizations, businesses, media, and governments. Food waste is a social problem because 23% of Baltimoreans lack access to affordable food. It’s an environmental issue because it contributes to climate change. And it is an economic opportunity because food waste impacts the bottom line.
This workshop is part of a broader initiative being implemented by Astrapto for the Baltimore Convention Center and their catering partner, Centerplate. The program encompasses:
- Training of onsite management and staff to be more knowledgeable about food waste efforts
- Regular food waste audits and establishment of food waste measurement and tracking protocols
- Creation of a food donation policy to increase donations for feeding the hungry
- Repurposing ‘waste’ into innovative new employee lunch menus
- The piloting of a food scraps donation program to benefit a nearby pig farm
- Experimenting with the latest composting and diversion technologies
Aurora Dawn Reinke, Astrapto’s founder and the Baltimore project leader, stated, “We felt these key stakeholders – the Baltimore Convention Center and Centerplate – would be vital to changing the culture of food waste management in the local community. As those who are often the first to interact with visitors and meeting planners, they can set the tone for best-in-class sustainability in Baltimore hospitality.”
“The Baltimore Convention Center is committed to the continued reexamination of our environmental policy, looking for ways to expand on the principles at its foundation. The best practices, extensive training, and introduction to resources made available through this relationship have allowed us to achieve new levels of positive impact on our community,” said Mac Campbell, Deputy Director for the Baltimore Convention Center.
Centerplate General Manager Michael Barrett added, “We are happy to have embraced the food waste reduction strategies and best practices presented in the toolkit and are excited to continue spreading a culture of food conservation in the Baltimore hospitality community, alongside our friends at the Baltimore Convention Center and Astrapto.”
In 2017, World Wildlife Fund, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, partnered with the American Hotel & Lodging Association to study food waste reduction best practices in ten hotels. In November 2017, they released free resources, checklists, and training videos for the hotel industry.
In 2018, WWF selected Baltimore to expand its HOTEL|KITCHEN program and to explore place-based dynamics in promoting food conservation. They chose Astrapto LLC and Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC – both Maryland-based, women-owned businesses – as the local project team. Astrapto approached Visit Baltimore, the Baltimore Convention Center, and their catering partner, Centerplate, to pilot and implement strategies for food recovery and waste diversion.
Exhibiting vendors for the July 11th event include ORCA Technology, BioHiTech Global, LeanPath, Waste Neutral, Maryland Environmental Service, ReGreen Organics, Cureate Connect, Reduction In Motion, Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions, MEANS Database, FoodBridge, and Maryland Food Bank.
Astrapto means to illuminate. Astrapto’s mission is to shed light on social and environmental issues in hospitality, meetings and events, tourism and travel. Our vision is to see triple bottom line impact radiate from venues and destinations. Astrapto is leading the HOTEL|KITCHEN Baltimore expansion project.
About Plisko Sustainable Solutions
Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC is a woman-owned micro-business. We create and implement customized sustainability programs that promote positive health, environmental, and social change through improved customer performance and efficiency, economic savings, and enhanced social awareness.
About the Baltimore Convention Center
The Baltimore Convention Center is the premier location in the Mid-Atlantic for organizations to host conventions, meetings, banquets and other activities; large or small. The Center is conveniently located off of Interstates 83 and 95, between Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It is surrounded by several major hotels and tourist attractions, all within walking distance. The Center is connected by skywalk to several major hotels and shopping facilities. Located only eight miles from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, it is conveniently accessible by car and Baltimore's Light Rail system.
Centerplate is a global leader in live event hospitality, "Making It Better To Be There®" for more than 116 million guests each year at more than 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to more than 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 14 Super Bowls and 22 World Series. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or Facebook.com/centerplate.