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January EcoHour

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Registration ClosesJan 17, 2018 12:00am or when space runs out.

Join us for a panel discussion on food waste with local DC experts:

  • Amy Bachman, Director of Procurement and Sustainability, DC Central Kitchen
  • Laine Cidlowski, DC Food Policy Director, DC Food Policy Council
  • Jen Dickman, former Chair, Zero Waste Committee, Sierra Club DC Chapter
We will discuss approaches to making DC more sustainable, healthy, and socially equitable through the use of planning, advocacy, and nonprofit engagement around the issue of food waste. What do these women do from day to day, how did they get to where they are, and what is it like to work in the food field? Join us to find out!

Amy Bachman works as the Director of Procurement and Sustainability for DC Central Kitchen, a hunger and empowerment non-profit. Amy handles all incoming product to DC Central Kitchen including managing food recovery from all sources from local farms to grocery stores and sourcing local food for DCCK’s farm to school program. Amy graduated from Wake Forest University in 2010 with a Bachelor in History and Minor in International Studies. Amy served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Campus Kitchens Project at Johns Hopkins University and then worked as the Volunteer and Donation Coordinator at the Franciscan Center in Baltimore before joining DC Central Kitchen in 2012.  Amy is passionate about improving the food system and ensuring all people have access the healthy food. In 2015 she received a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems through the Tufts Freidman School of Nutrition. 

Laine Cidlowski is the Food Policy Director for the District of Columbia Office of Planning and the District of Columbia Food Policy Council. She was previously the Lead Urban Sustainability Planner for the Office of Planning where she was the project manager for the Office of Planning for the Sustainable DC initiative to make the city the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States. It is a citywide initiative crafted for and by the District’s diverse community with the ultimate goal of making DC more socially equitable, environmentally responsive, and economically prosperous. Laine holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in Environmental Studies. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and co-chairs the American Planning Association’s Food Interest Group.

Jennifer Dickman was the volunteer chair of the Zero Waste Committee in the Washington, DC Chapter of the Sierra Club from September 2014 through October 2017. In this role, she mobilized other volunteers and worked with likeminded local organizations to move DC closer to zero waste. Since June 2014, Jennifer has been a program associate for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of over 450 organizations and businesses formed to advocate for strong policies to protect the public from toxic chemicals. Previously, Jennifer worked for a small consulting firm, where she researched energy issues and helped monitor electricity auctions. She holds a law degree with a concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland School of Law and a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Delaware.
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