Topic:  Food loss and Waste: Global Impacts—Local Solutions
Presenter: Natalie Mallory, Full Sun Composting

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Tulsa Central Library (Aronson Auditorium L1), 400 Civic Center, Tulsa OK 74103
Cost:  FREE, open-to-the public

Pre-order lunch HERE from Chimera and your order will be waiting for you when you arrive. Lunch not required. You are welcome to bring your own brown bag lunch.

Globally, we throw out about 1.3 billion tons of food a year, or 1/3rd of all the food that we grow. That’s important for several reasons. The less the world wastes, the easier it will be to meet the food needs of the global population in coming years.  Cutting back on waste could go a long way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And don't forget, we save money by reducing our waste!

In this informative session you will learn:

  • Dynamics of food loss and waste on resources, climate and food insecurity.
  • Drivers of food loss and waste globally and in the US.
  • Global and national goals for reducing food loss and waste.
  • Solutions to food loss and waste that you can be part of at home, at work, and in your community.
  • Compost, as part of a sustainable food cycle, and other uses.

Natalie Mallory, along with her husband Don, are the owner/operators of Full Sun Composting partnering with Tulsa area restaurants and businesses to divert food waste to composting since 2016. Natalie holds a BS in Food and Nutrition from Texas Tech University and MS in Nutrition Education from Eastern Illinois University. After working as a Clinical Dietitian and Nutrition educator for the past 18 years, Natalie understands the value and importance of a sustainable food cycle.

Before launching Full Sun, Don and Natalie completed Compost Operator Training, a 40 hour course, offered through the United States Compost Council, learning the industry and science of composting. Along with this training and further experience in operations, both qualify to sit for the Compost Operations Manager certification exam.

For Natalie, the best part of operating Full Sun Composting has been meeting like-minded advocates in the community who are also working towards local solutions for a more sustainable Tulsa.