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Webinar: Sustainability: Busting the Myth and Moving the Needle on Food Donations

October 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm CDT


There is a prolific myth in the hospitality industry that organizations cannot donate prepared food without substantial liability risk. With 40% of food in the U.S. going to waste and a hunger rate that ranges from 12 to 24 percent, discarded food from events represents a significant opportunity to generate positive social and environmental returns. On this webinar, planners learn how to educate their suppliers on donation liability protection, share best practices, and build a business case for food donation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the protection and processes that enable safe food donation.
  • Identify community partners, technologies, and frameworks that facilitate prepared food donation.
  • Create a business case for building food donation into event planning from the start.


1.0 Clock Hour
DOMAIN G: Meeting or Event Design


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Presenter: Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton
Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton designs, implements, and scales sustainability programs in hospitality, events, and travel. She founded Astrapto LLC to provide practical, business-oriented solutions to social and environmental issues. She helps clients move the needle through sustainability assessments, roadmaps, training, coaching, and reporting. Astrapto’s impact ranges from measurable and significant reductions in food waste to landfill to engaged and excited employees seeking opportunities to impact their communities. Aurora’s clients include organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, Centerplate (a Sodexo company), the Baltimore Convention Center, Hilton, Florida International University, and Green Seal.

Aurora has written for Sustainable Brands, Hotel News Now, Travindy, Green Lodging News, and the Hotel Yearbook. She regularly speaks at industry conferences and on webinars and podcasts. She is a thought leader and volunteer in industry organizations, including the Events Industry Council and the Global Business Travel Association. Aurora has a doctorate degree in Social Impact Management, is a certified Sustainability Associate with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, has a Sustainable Event Professional Certificate, and is a certified Project Management Professional.


October 9, 2019
1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
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