Darby Hoover

Darby Hoover

Darby Hoover

Speaker | NRDC

San Francisco, CA | (415) 875-6100 | dhoover@nrdc.org

USCC Member

Darby Hoover is a Senior Resource Specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She specializes in issues related to wasted food prevention, composting, anaerobic digestion, zero waste, recycling, and sustainable packaging. Her publications include NRDC’s “Estimating the Quantities and Types of Food Waste at the City Level” and “Guide to Composting at Sports Venues”. Darby received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and her master’s in Energy and Resources from U.C. Berkeley.

Presentation Title: Food Matters: Working with Cities to Measure and Tackle Wasted Food

Session: USCC Policy session: Working with Cities; Policy Barriers; Defining Advocacy

Time: Wednesday, January 30, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Presentation Summary: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) conducted a quantitative and qualitative analysis of food waste in Nashville, Denver,and New York City, in coordination with local governments and other community stakeholders. Measuring the amount of food that is wasted,along with identifying some of the root causes of why food is wasted,is a critical step for municipal governments to identify strategies that help prevent wasting food, rescue appropriate food to benefit people in need, and recycle food scraps through strategies such as composting. This analysis not only identified how much food is going to waste, but also specific characteristics of the food being wasted, including estimating how much could have been avoided.

NRDC analyzed food waste in both the residential and ICI (industrial, commercial, and institutional) sectors in each city. For the ICI sector, NRDC used previous studies and regional business information to estimate the amount of food wasted. In the residential sector, NRDC examined household food waste through kitchen diaries and consumer surveys generating insights on what types of food are wasted, why the food is wasted, and where that waste is discarded.

This analysis informs NRDC’s current initiative working with cities to reduce the amount of food going to waste,increase food donation, and recycle food scraps.