Trevor Ledbetter

Food Waste Innovations -
15:00 pm 10/14/2019
Gila, Tucson Convention Center

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that over 1/3 of food produced in the world goes to waste. Food waste produces methane gas, a more potent contributor to climate change than carbon. Get inspired and informed about the latest innovations happening in Tucson and Southern Arizona around food waste rescue and upcycling.

Trevor directs the University of Arizona’s Office of Sustainability, where he hopes to further sustainability initiatives that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially just through enhanced student and community engagement. He believes the Office should advance the use of campus as a living laboratory and model for experiential education, equipping students to meet global challenges, while also facilitating research and outreach programs that create sustainable solutions.

Trevor joined the UA as an employee in October 2017 as a Sustainability Program Manager within the Office of Business Affairs, where he developed student engagement initiatives across Business Affairs, particularly within Facilities Management, while building productive relationships within all institutional divisions.

Prior to working as UA’s Sustainability Program Manager, Trevor attended the University of Arizona as an undergraduate student, where he was active in the Associated Students of the University of Arizona’s (ASUA) Students for Sustainability, rounding out his three years of involvement as a program Co-Director. Trevor was also very active in lab- and field-based research, particularly mutualisms, with a focus on bumblebees and pollination behaviors, as well as organismal resource allocation within Manduca sexta, the tobacco hornworm/hawk moth. Trevor was named the Spring 2017 College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and Department of Soil, Water, & Environmental Sciences Outstanding Senior and was awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award by the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He graduated in May 2017 with dual degrees in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences.