Milan, the district hub project finalist of the Earthshot Prize
Prince William announced that the City of Milan with the Neighborhood Hub Food Policy project against food waste is among the 15 finalists of the first edition of the Earthshot Prize, a prestigious international award on the best solutions to protect the environment. particular, Milan will compete for the prize dedicated to the section “A world without waste” with two other projects: one for the conversion of waste into safe products for agriculture (Kenya) and one for a treatment plant that transforms 98% of wastewater into clean water (Japan). The project of the Neighborhood Hubs was selected from among 750 candidate initiatives from all over the world. Having reached the final of the Earthshot Prize is the recognition of a great teamwork that involved the entire city: thanks to the Municipality and to many private realities and of the Third sector operating in the area, today Milan has 3 Hubs in the District in Isola (2019), Lambrate (2020) and in Gallaratese (2021).
The project was born from an alliance, in 2017, between the Municipality of Milan, the Milan Polytechnic, Assolombarda, the Cariplo Foundation and the QuBì Program. The creation of the first Hub then involved the Lombardy Food Bando and made it possible to save over 10 tons of food per month, ensuring in one year a flow of 260,000 equivalent meals, which reached 3,800 people, thanks to the contribution of 20 supermarkets, 4 company canteens and 24 third sector entities. Following this, the Lambrate Hub was launched, immediately after the first lockdown in spring 2020, also managed by Banco Alimentare della Lombardia in a space made available by AVIS Milan and with the contribution of BCC Milano.
The third Hub, in the Gallaratese area, is managed by Terre Des Hommes with the contribution of the Milan Foundation. the contribution of the SNAM Foundation; while to open a fifth, the Municipality of Milan has recently launched the co-planning table.The project involves major retailers including LIDL Italia, Esselunga, Carrefour, NaturaSi, Erbert, Coop Lombardia, Il Gigante, Bennet and Penny Market. With the Cariplo Foundation and SogeMi, the Municipality of Milan also launched the Foody Zero Waste initiative to replicate the hub model also at the Ortomercato and recover fresh food together with Banco Alimenare della Lombardia, Recup, Southern Milanese Red Cross, University of Studies of Milan and many other supporting partners. The winners will be announced in the second half of October.