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Sustainable Food Trade Association Webinar Series

The Insider’s Scoop on Achieving Zero Waste Certification

September 21, 2017 at 10am PT / 1pm ET
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Considering Zero Waste certification or just curious about low-investment, high-impact waste reduction efforts you can integrate? Join us for SFTA’s next webinar — The Insider’s Scoop on Achieving Zero Waste Certification!

The Scoop features experts on the Zero Waste Certification process, from both the side of the certifier, as well as certified company. Stephanie Barger of the U.S. Green Building Council will review the process and key standards of zero waste certification. It will also feature Alyssa Lawless and Scott Lutocka, of Mountain Rose Herbs and Piazza Produce, respectively, who will recount the lessons learned from their journeys to become zero-waste certified. Discussion will review tried-and true techniques that all businesses can apply to not only reduce their waste; they will also highlight low-investment, high impact efforts to increase scores for all sectors in order to achieve zero-waste certification.


Stephanie BargerStephanie Barger
Director of Market Transformation & Development
Zero Waste Programs – U.S. Green Building Council

Miss Barger formed the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) in January of 2012 to meet the growing need for educational resources, peer-to-peer networking and third-party certification for businesses across the nation.
She brings over 25 years of experience in environmental stewardship, employee training, management consulting and business relationship development. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Diego State University. In her spare time, she raises guide dog puppies for the blind and advocates for humane treatment of all creatures great and small.

Alyssa LawlessAlyssa Lawless
Director of Sustainability
Mountain Rose Herbs

Alyssa works intimately with all Mountain Rose Herb departments ensure that the company is living up to its green standards, including their Zero Waste certification, and sustainability goals. Her upbringing, education, and experience –including her years in AmeriCorps— have equipped her with an understanding of the dynamic relationship between business, organic agriculture, and the nonprofit sector. Alyssa enjoys riding her bike to thrift stores and community events, practicing yoga, organizing potlucks, sipping microbrews, hanging out with her chickens, and reading.
Scott LutockaScott Lutocka
Facilities & Sustainability Manager / Zero Waste Warrior
Piazza Produce, Inc.; GBCI Zero Waste Advisory Council

Scott D. Lutocka, ZWBA has dedicated over 35 years to the Foodservice & Produce Distribution Industry and has spent the past 21 years of his career with Piazza Produce, LLC. He currently serves as the Facilities & Sustainability Manager and has had previous roles in Sales, Operations, developed and marketed the online ordering system, and Food Safety & Quality Assurance Manager. Comprehensive Recycling and commercial compost waste diversion programs were introduced which permitted the company to achieve Zero Waste by 2012.
Mr. Lutocka has served as a member of the USZWBC Business Advisory Board since 2012, as a member of the USZWBC Board of Directors since 2015 and now serves as an Advisory Council Member to the USGBC since the merger of the two organizations in October of 2016.
Mr. Lutocka holds a B.S. Degree in Management from Ball State University and a Zero Waste Business Associate Certification.

Zero waste certification may be closer for you than you think – we hope you join us to learn more from our amazing speakers!

Cost: Free for SFTA Members; $25 for Non-Members
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Mitigating Social and Environmental Risks in Your Supply Chain

July 26, 2017 at 10am PT / 1pm ET
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Many companies see their supply chain as a key lever to increase the quality, sustainability, and reliability of their product. Professionals focused on advancing the social and environmental sustainability of their product, in particular, have a variety of risk mitigation tools and models at their disposal to help avoid any concerns in these areas from the get-go.

In this webinar, Nova Sayers of NSF will review a five-step responsible sourcing methodology, and how it can be used to reduce social and environmental risks of a new product or ingredient. She will also review how publicly available supply chain information and risk assessment tools can be used in tandem with this methodology to assess the social and environmental impacts of existing products and/or their formulations. Case studies will be presented by NSF and Nature’s Path to show how risk mitigation sourcing models have been successfully implemented by companies. In particular, Jason Boyce of Nature’s Path will discuss their implementation of the SFTA Code of Conduct. Topics to be addressed include how they modified the Code to suit particular business and product needs, stakeholder responses, and expected and unexpected triple-bottom-line results it has produced. Concluding the webinar will be a “Lessons Learned” discussion by both presenters, with a time for Q&A.


Nova Sayers
Business Development for a Sustainable Food Supply Chain

Jason Boyce
Continuous Improvement Manager
Nature’s Path
Cost: Free for SFTA Members; $25 for Non-Members
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