This is the second post in our NFRD Who's Who series, a collection of interviews with the fantastic leaders who will be speaking at the National Food Recovery Dialogue from April 2-4. Stay tuned – we'll be sharing more interviews as we count down to the NFRD.
Lana Suarez is currently acting as lead for Sustainable Management of Food, under the Sustainable Materials Management Program in the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD), Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) in the Office of Land and Emergency Response (OSWER) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
FRN: What are you looking forward to at the conference?
LS: Absorbing the energy of this group and hearing new, innovative solutions and potential opportunities to difficult issues related to wasted food.
FRN: Why are you passionate about food recovery?
LS: We all eat food, and, as consumers, we should all take ownership -- regardless of our position, title or organization -- and contribute to solutions to create a sustainable food system.
FRN: What's your proudest accomplishment of your career?
LS: Being a public servant and being able to support the mission of my agency, protecting human health and the environment – every day.
FRN: Time for a fun question. What's your favorite pizza topping?
LS: Eggplant and caramelized onions -- I cannot pick just one!