At a Glance
Clean and Renewable Energy, Commercial Energy Efficiency, Data Analysis, Food and Agriculture, Goals/Targets
Long Island City, NY
Lane Wollerton developed a training program and curriculum for the first-ever Climate Corps® Food Waste Fellowship: An EDF-ReFED-Powered Initiative.
ReFED is a nonprofit working to end food loss and waste by advancing data-driven solutions. ReFED partnered with EDF Climate Corps to launch a Food Waste Fellowship designed to accelerate companies’ food waste reduction initiatives and ultimately reduce GHG emissions. ReFED enlisted Lane to help with the development of the Fellowship training curriculum to ensure the 2022 Food Waste Fellow cohort are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to support companies.
To understand companies’ current barriers to reducing food waste as well as the skill sets and knowledge the cohort would need to be successful during their fellowships, Lane interviewed 13 stakeholders, including EDF staff, decision-makers at food businesses, and subject matter experts. Leveraging the learnings from these stakeholder calls, Lane built a recommended structure for the pilot training curriculum as well as two, in-depth food waste training sessions that feature ReFED’s Insights Engine tools and several frameworks that will help fellows develop and refine critical skills including analyzing and synthesizing data as well as gaining stakeholder buy-in and alignment.
Lane’s project laid the groundwork for a successful 2022 food waste fellowship and bolstered the collaboration between ReFED and EDF Climate Corps. Her work resulted in a fully developed training structure and curriculum for the new Food Waste Fellowship, which will provide the future food waste cohorts with the tools and knowledge they need to help scale food waste solutions and catalyze actions to reduce wasted food—the most effective way to mitigate climate change.