The U.S Environmental Protection Agency honored the Pennsylvania Environmental Resources Consortium (PERC) for recruiting 22 Pennsylvania colleges and universities to participate in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge and help reduce, donate, and recycle excess food from more than 100,000 students.

“As a Food Recovery Challenge Endorser, PERC has jumped to the forefront of Food Recovery efforts in Pennsylvania,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “By targeting colleges and universities for food recovery, we are educating our future leaders to become better stewards of the environment while also encouraging sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of excess waste.”

Regional Administrator Garvin presented PERC Executive Director Josh Hooper with EPA’s prestigious Food Recovery Challenge Endorser of the Year Award for 2014 during a ceremony at Franklin & Marshall College, one of the 22 participating Pennsylvania schools.

“The Pennsylvania Higher Education Food Recovery Challenge works because it helps students, professors and staff share their successes in food recovery with participants on other campuses across the state,” said Hooper. “Learning what worked for others in a similar situation minimizes the learning curve and increases the amount of food we can recover together.”