Public-Private Partnerships Pave the Path to Prosperity
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a proven methodto leverage and mobilize private sector resources to meetstate andlocal government needs. PPPs also leverage and strengthen the opportunities for reducing and diverting wasted food. TheCenter for EcoTechnology(CET) seeks to share resources and lessons learnedfrom the organization’s private-public partnerships. CET helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. To help meet this goal, CET acts as a catalyst to accelerate the development of a vibrant marketplace to divert wasted food from the commercial and institutional sectors.CET has been a leader in the wasted food reduction and diversion movement for more than 20 years,implementing some of the first wasted food composting programs in thecountry, and contributingto effective public policy.CET will share experiences from RecyclingWorks MA, the award-winning wasted food reduction assistance program in Massachusetts, our work with a number of other states, and partnerships with cities such as Philadelphia.
While public agencies set policies for diverting wasted food, and private investors are creating the solutions needed to reduce and process wasted food, CET bridges the gap to further develop and accelerate opportunities. CET’s job is to get to know all the solution providers like haulers, food rescue organizations, technology platforms for prevention, composting facilities, and anaerobic digesters, and identify their market niches and ideal customer types. Armed with that information, CET engages with businesses and institutions that have wasted food and actively connect them with the service providers that will provide the best solution. CET also recognizes marketplace barriers and opportunities and advises governments on changes to policies and programs that can address critical barriers. CET was awarded the Top Honor from the North American 2017 RathmannChallenge: Mitigating Climate Change: Expanding the Use of Compost, the 2016 US EPA Environmental Merit Award, and 2016 Environmental Business Council of New England “Non-Profit of the Year,” all for our pioneering work in wasted food. The presentationwill share resources from CET’s Wasted Food Solutions website, success stories from implemented food waste diversion programs, and insights onhow more public-private partnerships can strengthen the food waste diversion marketplacein all areas of the country.