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Webinar: EPA P3 Funded Project to Build App to Address Food Waste and Insecurity on College Campuses
February 16, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ESTFree
Food waste and insecurity are significant issues with the national average of food insecurity standing at approximately 28% on college campuses. Our student population matches that figure based on a 2018 campus survey. Rapidly identifying, recovering, and redirecting unused foodstuffs to students in need is therefore critical to improve student health and redress this issue of social inequity. Our mobile application, Campus Plate (TM) is designed to efficiently coordinate food distribution networks that have been hindered by the absence of a centralized hub for sharing information. In this project, therefore, an interdisciplinary team of Sustainability and Computer Science faculty and students have built a mobile application that will be accessible via Android and iOS to allow food to be listed and recovered on college campuses. The application uses various sensors on the device to capture descriptions of food that is listed and verify that the location of the food at designated Sustainable FoodStops (TM) on campus is a valid location for retrieval. Similarly, food retrieval is verified using onboard sensors on the device. By enabling food to be recovered from Dining Services and university events, we expect both food waste and food insecurity to be reduced on campus. Additionally, by utilizing a model that allows for those recovering food to choose which foods they wish to recover through a granular reservation system, we seek to provide greater agency to those on the receiving end of food than previously has been possible. Our first test launch of the completed beta model of the app is scheduled for April 9th, 2021 with committed campus partners involved including the David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement, Dining Services, the Black Cultural Center, Lou Higgins Recreation Center, and Residence Life. Full deployment of the app for the entire student body is scheduled for the start of the FA21 semester.
Franklin Lebo, Assistant Professor & Co-Director, Sustainability, Baldwin Wallace University
Dr. Franklin B. Lebo, Esq. is the co-director of Baldwin Wallace University’s Sustainability program, which is the first in Ohio. He is the author of BW’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report. Lebo serves as an AASHE advisory council member and chairs BW’s Campus Sustainability Committee. BW is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration, which is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. As an interdisciplinary faculty member, Lebo has instructed or co-instructed 23 distinct MBA and undergraduate courses in BW’s School of Business and College of Arts and Sciences. He has extensive collaborative research and teaching experience, and has worked with 18 colleagues across eight departments and programs, including faculty in biology and engineering. He has also engaged with students on funded projects, including a team of six students along with Dr. Brian Krupp, on a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research grant to reduce food waste and insecurity.
Brian Krupp, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Baldwin Wallace University
Dr. Brian Krupp is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Baldwin Wallace University. His research focuses on mobile security and privacy, as well as how mobile and internet of things (IoT) solutions can benefit the community as a whole. His research has been accepted to both national and international conferences in computing. Prior to academia, he worked in industry in a variety of roles including software developer, software architect, and security consultant for both medium and large organizations. Recently, along with his collaborator Dr. Franklin Lebo, he was awarded a grant from the EPA to investigate how to reduce food waste on college campuses using a smartphone solution.
Elizabeth Gifford, Sustainability Student Research Assistant, Baldwin Wallace University