Kickoff Training Materials

On September 17, 2015, a Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Workshop and Training was held at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)Goes to another site. in Champaign, IL. This session provided an overview of the Green Lunchroom Challenge, presentations on relevant tools and programs, and a group discussion of barriers and opportunities related to food waste prevention and reduction in K-12 schools. A free school food service training session was also presented by Greg Christian, Founder and CEO of Beyond Green PartnersGoes to another site., a food service and consulting company focused on nutritional and environmental impacts of school food.

The presentations and training were videotaped to enable schools unable to attend, or which learned of the Challenge after the kickoff, to benefit from the information shared. Videos and PDF versions of the presenter's slides are available below. Also, a summary of the group discussion focused on barriers and opportunities to prevent and reduce food waste in K-12 schools is provided. If you have additional comments or suggestions related to such barriers and benefits, please feel free to contact Joy Scrogum at or 217-333-8948. Our goal is to help schools fight food waste while providing nutritious meals and meeting legislative requirements; your input helps us ensure we're providing the necessary support and assistance.

Presentation Slides


Group Discussion Summary