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Datz-Romero: “We still have a long way to go to create sustainable systems”

Christine Datz-Romero, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Lower East Side (LES) Ecology Center, will be speaking at the inaugural New York City Food Tank Summit, “Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste,” which will be held in partnership with Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED) and with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and The Fink Family Foundation on September 13, 2017. A transplant from Germany, Datz-Romero has lived in NYC since 1980, holds a BA from Queens College, and completed graduate work at the New School. Datz-Romero created a compost collection program in 1990, introducing the concept of urban composting to countless NYC residents in addition to developing innovative, community-based recycling programs. Now, she is Executive Director of the LES Ecology Center, a nonprofit offering community-based recycling, environmental education, and stewardship programs. Food Tank had the opportunity to speak with Datz-Romero about what inspired her to co-found the LES Ecology Center and what continues to inspire her today. Food Tank (FT): What originally inspired you to get involved in your work? Christine Datz-Romero (CDR): I got involved in community-based organizing by searching out better options for my trash, and started to volunteer...

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