Pete Pearson is the Global Initiative Lead for the Food Circularity program at WWF – the world’s leading independent conservation organization, whose mission is to create a world where people and nature can thrive together. Pete specializes in food waste prevention and food circularity as part of WWF’s larger food system efforts.
Pete has led local and national sustainability programs within the retail grocery sector across 2,000 grocery stores in 37 states. He also has over 10 years of technology experience with companies including Hewlett-Packard, Accenture and Albertsons. He has worked with public schools and hospitals as an independent sustainability consultant, co-founded a non-profit focused on sustainable and regenerative agriculture, and has also co-produced a documentary film on regenerative and local food production. Pete currently lives in Washington DC and enjoys fly fishing, sailing, and exploring the outdoors with his family.
“Finding harmony between agriculture and nature may be the most important social, economic, and ecological issue of this century. ”
Green Sports Alliance Webinar: Tackling Food Waste, Even During a Pandemic
WWF partnered with the Green Sports Alliance to discuss the nuances and intricacies of food waste across the sports, hospitality, and entertainment industries. Watch WWF's Pete Pearson and Samantha Kenny talk about best practices to minimize organic waste at large-scale events, giving specific examples of how organizations are addressing this issue during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
WWF is working to transform sectors where we see potential to make the biggest impact. It’s estimated that 40% of food waste happens in customer-facing businesses like restaurants, supermarkets and hotels. Hotels, which serve $35 billion dollars in catering and banquets each year in the US, are an ideal test bed to learn, iterate, drive waste reduction, and help reshape the food service industry as leaders in food waste reduction.
World Wildlife Fund developed the Food Waste Warrior Curriculum in 2017, launched as part of the Wild Classroom platform. The team piloted the lessons in multiple DC schools, helping each to run food waste audits and reduction efforts. In the process, we garnered several key insights on the challenges, complexities, and areas of opportunity for fighting food loss and waste in schools.
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