Regional Consultation: Food Waste in North America

Regional Consultation: Food Waste in North America

Date and Time

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST


Room 3301, Exploratory Hall, George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Alonso Aguirre, Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Policy


UN Environment North America


12:30pm – Doors open
1:00pm – Introductions and topical framing across all locations
1:15pm – Local discussions
2:45pm – Reconvene across all locations for report-backs from each hub
3:00pm – Close of consultation


In the lead up to the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), UN Environment will convene two consultations to raise awareness about the Assembly and to discuss one of the global themes from a North American perspective. On 22 January 2019, the consultation will focus on Innovations for Addressing the Food Waste Challenge.

Information gathered from the consultation will inform the deliberations of Member States and other participants at the Assembly, including Ministers of Environment from around the world.

The two-hour consultation will be held simultaneously in multiple locations across the U.S. and Canada, connected via video conference. Each location or “hub” will have a maximum of 15 participants, who will have the opportunity to share their knowledge on innovation on food waste and sustainable food systems.

Registration is by location with a limit to one participant per institution per hub. (restriction does not include Mason faculty or students). Addresses and other logistical information will be provided in advance. If you have a particular interest in the topic but are not located near a hub, please contact as we will have a limited number of virtual participants.

Download the Consultation Briefing Document on Food Waste: Innovations to Address Food Loss and Waste in a North American Context (PDF)

About UNEA-4

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 – 15 March 2019. The Environment Assembly, which is the governing body of UN Environment, has the universal membership of all 193 UN Member States. When the Assembly meets this upcoming year, it will deliberate on “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production.”

This consultation is hosted in partnership with the United Nations Association in Canada and the National Council for Science and the Environment, and is powered by MIT Solve.

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: