The first 2014 Zero Waste Sonoma County (ZWSC) meet-up will be held tomorrow eve, Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30-8:15pm at the Share Exchange in downtown Santa Rosa. All are welcome to attend but must register in advance.

Sponsored by LITE Initiatives and the Share Exchange, the initial topic is Wasting Less Food – at restaurants and businesses as well as at home. The focus will be on buying less, consuming less, discarding less and reusing as much as possible. (Please note: these meet-ups are not about recycling or organics collection or processing. Let us know if you would like to these added to the list of future topics.)

ZWSC Wasting Less Food Panel
Food advocate and writer Michele Anna Jordan
Zeno Swijtink of the Russian River Chapter of Slow Food
Melita Love of Farm To Pantry Gleaners
Will Bakx of Sonoma Compost
Nick Papadopoulos of Crop Mobster
June Michaels on FoodRunners and other food reuse programs

The meeting will start at 5:30pm with networking accompanied by hearty snacks and posters *.
After quick introductions, the panelists will dialog for 45 minutes followed by an open discussion until 8:15pm.

This is a free event but donations for snacks and event supplies will be appreciated.

To register, find Zero Waste Sonoma County on FaceBook and click on events. Not on FaceBook? Please send a note to lite at sonic.net.

* The posters will define Zero Waste and showcase NRDC’s Food Waste work including “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”, http://www.nrdc.org/food/wasted-food.asp and ”The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America”,  http://www.nrdc.org/food/expiration-dates.asp