City Harvest’s Jered Ratschkowsky (left) with Andrew Sanford (center) and Matt Karm of We Don’t Waste during a food delivery. Photos by Matt Nager for NRDC

Denver Doesn’t Want Its Edible Bounty to Go to Waste

Food waste and food insecurity are two sides of the same coin. This creative initiative aims to tackle both.

Donated food is stored in the We Don’t Waste warehouse. Matt Karm (left) inspects the products before they are loaded onto the trucks for redistribution.

A young student (top) at Academy 360 in Denver, Colorado, separates lunch scraps into appropriate composting bins in the cafeteria.

Academy 360 students learn about composting and witness the results firsthand by examining small worm bins.

Austine Luce (top), founder of the Consumption Literacy Project, during a lesson with fourth-grade students at Academy 360.

A decorative wall at Academy 360 aims to educate and inspire the schoolchildren about composting and proper disposal waste and scraps.

Up to 40 percent of the food in the United States is never eaten.

In Conversation

Andrea Spacht Collins is working to minimize food waste by changing the way we think about what we eat—and what we don’t eat, where it comes from, and where it ends up.

Rockies Dispatch

City officials see dedicated bus corridors, scooter-share programs, and protected bike lanes as key to greening their transportation network.

onEarth Story

Venture capitalists just made a $16.5 million bet on a start-up that wants to sell people ugly, misshapen vegetables. What’s going on?

Northeast Dispatch

The city has developed a bold new food waste management and recovery strategy to protect residents from harmful air pollution, boost its economy, and help feed those most in need.

Personal Action

By working with schools, parents can make their kids’ cafeteria lunches healthier and more planet-friendly.

Personal Action

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Personal Action

How to cook what you’ll eat, eat what you cook, and save on your grocery bills, too.

Southeast Dispatch

In Music City, restaurateurs, grocers, farmers, volunteers, the mayor, and NRDC's Nashville Food Waste Initiative are harmonizing in the fight against wasted food.

Rockies Dispatch

Citing poor air quality and high asthma rates, local environmental advocates are pushing for a cleaner ride to school for their children.

Personal Action

With minimal effort, you can turn those banana peels and apple cores into gold. Let us break it down.


How and why 40 percent of our food goes uneaten.


Dennis Derryck, the founder of Corbin Hill Food Project, is on a mission to diversify the farm-share model—and to deliver more callaloo.

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