Elizabeth Balkan

Director, Food Waste, NRDC

As the director of food waste in the Healthy People & Thriving Communities program, Elizabeth Balkan helps to catalyze and scale food waste reduction from businesses and consumers at the local and national levels. Previously, Balkan served as director of policy at the New York City Department of Sanitation, developing and implementing the city’s zero-waste plan. Before that, she worked as a senior official in the mayor’s office during the Bloomberg administration. She has worked extensively with cities to make sustainable development economically viable in the developed and developing context and spent more than 10 years working and living in China. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s from Georgetown University. She is based in the New York office.

Authored Content

  • Feb 12 2019
    Blog Post 10 Denver Nonprofits, Small Businesses Win Grants to Fight Food Waste Last June, NRDC announced a partnership with the City and County of Denver as part of a bold effort – Denver’s Food Action Plan 2020. The Food Action Plan is a forward-thinking program written to fulfill the goals set forward in the broader framework of the Denver Food Vision. The Food Action Plan seeks to […] Elizabeth Balkan, Roy Steiner