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EPA to Present Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Award to Kansas State University

Release Date: 05/08/2013
Contact Information: EPA - Ben Washburn, 913-551-7364,; Kansas State University - Jennifer Tidball, 785-532-0847,

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(Lenexa, Kan., May 8, 2013) - EPA Region 7 will present an achievement award to Kansas State University (K-State) for demonstrating commitment to improving sustainable food management practices.

In 2012, K-State reduced food waste by 39.8 tons, an increase of 41.6 percent from its 2011 total, as a part of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. In 2010, K-State’s first year in the program, the university reduced food waste by 22 tons.

The Food Recovery Challenge is a part of EPA’s WasteWise program. WasteWise helps organizations and businesses apply sustainable materials management practices to reduce municipal and select industrial wastes. WasteWise participants can join as partners, endorsers, or both.

Founded in 1863 as the nation’s first land-grant university, Kansas State University is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. With campuses in Manhattan, Salina, and Olathe, more than 24,300 students attend the university.

WHO: Becky Weber, Air and Waste Management division director, EPA Region 7; Ben Champion, Director of Sustainability, Kansas State University

WHAT: Presentation of Achievement Award

WHERE: Kramer Dining Center, Kansas State University Campus, Manhattan, Kan.

Kramer Dining Center is on the northwest side of the main campus, near Goodnow and Marlatt residence halls. It is southwest of the intersection of Claflin Road and Denison Avenue. Please see map for further information: .

WHEN: 2 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013

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