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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project
(2021)

Life Cycle-based Environmental Footprint Analysis of Reusable Packaging Options for a More Just and Regenerative Food System

vegetables in bins in a store

Group Members: Mike (Ruiheng) Jin, Andrew Salvador, Kate Shoemaker, Shelby Walsh, Victoria Wallace

Faculty Advisors: Sangwon Suh, Sarah Anderson

Client: Nada Grocery, Inc.

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Description

This project will compare Nada Grocery’s carbon emissions and plastic waste production under a business as usual scenario to a variety of probable scenarios that could happen as a result of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to identify key areas in which carbon emissions and waste can be minimized while also optimizing cost-effectiveness. The findings will allow us to quantify the impacts of COVID-19 on the zero waste movement and analyze how the movement can adapt to be resilient in a post-COVID world.