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The City of Minneapolis adopted an ordinance, “Green To Go,” requiring the use of environmentally acceptable food and beverage containers (also known as the Styrofoam™ ban). Green To Go applies to containers used for food and beverages intended for immediate consumption and to-go.  Successes and challenges will be shared on the development and implementation of the Green to Go ordinance.

Leslie Foreman, Minneapolis Health Dept.

Leslie Foreman has been the Environmental Health Community Liaison in the Minneapolis Health Department for four years. Her background includes community outreach, communications and policy work. She has been a key person on the on Green To Go team. Leslie worked from the   planning through the implementation phases of the ordinance. She created and managed Green To Go communications (electronic and print) for businesses along with coordinating a packaging fair for businesses to view compliant products from over 20 vendors. In addition, she created Green To Go informational materials, and arranged for them to be translated into six languages. Leslie continues to work on Green To Go issues around ordinance compliance.

Cindy Weckwerth, Minneapolis Health Dept.

Cindy Weckwerth has been a supervisor with the City of Minneapolis Health Department for 4 years.  Minneapolis Health is responsible for inspecting food, lodging, pools, tattoo art establishments, special events and farmers markets. Prior to coming to the City, she was a program manager with Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment (MN) and worked in various programs during her 18 years there, including food, lodging, pools, groundwater, septic systems, indoor air and public health nuisances.  Cindy also worked at Anoka County (MN) in the FLP program, Minnesota Department of Health in Health Risk Surveys, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in the LaCrosse encephalitis program, and has done limited private consulting in food safety. Return to Conference Schedule