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Wicked Local Cambridge highlighted the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s recent award to Lesley University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The EPA presented the ‘Regional Food Recovery Achievement Certificate’ to 26 New England organizations, including Lesley University. Lesley University received this award in recognition of their sustainable food management practices. The certificates are part of the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge program, where organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results.

The EPA presented the Food Recovery Challenge Awards to Massachusetts recipients at the WasteWise 2016 Fall Forum on December 1st 2016.

Lesley University partnered with Food For Free, to donate their surplus edible food to local emergency food banks. Food for Free, a Cambridge nonprofit, rescues the excess food and distributes it to the area’s hungry. In addition, Bon Appétit Management Company, Lesley’s Food service vendor, pledged to reduce food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030. This goal mirrors the EPA and USDA goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030.

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