Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2020


Community and Regional Planning

First Major Professor

Carlton Basmajian

Second Major Professor

Sungduck Lee


Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)


Community and Regional Planning


Given the implication of food waste’s effect on the climate and contribution to the climate crisis, this research study explores methods for food waste management through a holistic approach, to answer the question, “How can people use a planning framework to inform the food waste problem?” Using current literature on food waste management and a case study of Ames, IA, this research develops a method of food waste reduction, food waste rescue, and food waste diversion through the combined efforts of education and outreach, public policy, and public/private partnerships. Through this analysis, the research gives way to a need for a flexible and community-based planning guide for food waste management. The guide is based on self-assessment, community participation and surveys, a food waste management flow chart, and a food waste management checklist.

Copyright Owner

Scudder, Rachel

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