EVENT: Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will commend UC Irvine for successfully reducing food waste on campus by 80 percent through the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. Perciasepe will participate in a zero-waste lunch at Mesa Commons, UC Irvine’s oldest dining hall, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the campus’s approach to food management.

The EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge asks universities, event venues and grocery chains to reduce wasted food through prevention, donation, composting or anaerobic digestion. UC Irvine, in partnership with Waste Management of Orange County and Aramark Campus Dining Services, is a Southern California leader in this effort.

WHO: Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator, U.S. EPA
Wendell Brase, UCI vice chancellor for administrative & business services
Thomas Parham, UCI vice chancellor for student affairs

WHEN/WHERE: Noon-1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, Silverado Dining Hall, Mesa Court. (grid 8C on campus map)

INFORMATION:  Media planning to attend should contact Cathy Lawhon at 949-824-1151 or clawhon@uci.edu. Attendance and parking are complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.