A spatially explicit environmental footprint of US meat food waste

Jennifer Schmitt

NorthStar Initiative at the Institute on the Environment, UMN

Jennifer Schmitt is the program director and lead scientist for the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise. She leads the day-to-day operations of the initiative as well as the strategic direction of its future work. Her focus is on sustainable enterprise development and transitions, and she is committed to engaged scholarship. Jennifer’s research focuses on tracing environmental impacts through supply chains, circulating waste back into production systems and conservation outcomes in Tanzania.Jennifer’s prior research in sustainability includes corporate sustainability efforts, carbon reporting, energy efficiency and smart networks. Jennifer has a M.S. in applied economics and Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in biology and international relations from Beloit College.


Agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and water use. Its impacts are heightened when agricultural crops are embedded in animal protein and further amplified when that food is then wasted. This impact... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jennifer Schmitt (NorthStar Initiative at the Institute on the Environment, UMN)
  2. Taegon Kim (NorthStar Initiative at the Institute on the Environment, UMN)
  3. Tim Smith (University of Minnesota)

Topic Areas

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Sustainable consumption and production


WS-17 » Sustainable consumption and production systems (13:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room H)

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