This week in our season finale, Jodi Leamon joins us for a conversation about the work she does helping Fort Wayne learn to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost their waste.
Jodi is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Allen County Department of Environmental Management and founder of the local chapter of Food Rescue US. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Biology. In the episode, she talks about her work and why it’s important on both local and global scales. The conversation gets into the science of trash, and why adopting better practices is vital. She defines big words like circular economy, sustainability, and even goes into what zero waste actually means, then finishes off by sharing with us her Top 10 Ways to Move Toward Zero Waste.
We talk about two documentaries: Anthony Bourdain’s Wasted, which talks about the epidemic of food waste in society today, and Plastic China, a Chinese documentary about a family that processes plastic recycling in extreme poverty. Much of the trash they process comes from America. We also talked about a blog called Minimum Viable Planet.
And here’s Jodi’s column for Input Fort Wayne.
We are thrilled to announce this week that we’re going to be partnering with Input Fort Wayne. If you’re not familiar with them, check them out for awesome stories about exciting things happening in Northeastern Indiana, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Special thanks to our sponsors, Steve Tyler and Radiance of Silverbirch Studios for giving us a space to record and helping us sound amazing. Thank you also to Rosalind & the Way for our gorgeous intro music, to Traci Henning-Kolberg for editing out our mistakes and making us sound fantastic.Season two will drop on January 27.