Piazza Produce Inc.
Scott D. Lutocka has dedicated over 30 years to the Food Service Distribution Industry and has spent the past 19 years of his career with Piazza Produce, Inc. As Facilities Manager, he implemented comprehensive recycling and commercial compost programs which permitted the company to achieve Zero Waste by 2012.
In recognition for Zero Waste achievement, Piazza Produce was awarded Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s 2012 Sustainability Award in the area of Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle. In February of 2013, Mr. Lutocka received the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Indy Chapter’s Award of Excellence for “The Sustainable Design & Energy Efficient Projects” category. Additional Awards include the Heritage Interactive Services/IS2 Data Management’s “A World of Difference Award” for achieving Zero Waste to Landfill in May 2013; Food Logistics 2014 Top Green Providers; RecycleForce’s 2014 Corporate Challenge; and in 2015 was the first company in Indiana to receive the Green Plus Certification. His most valuable recognition occurred when he received our USZWBC Gold Level Certification for Zero Waste Achievement (97.5% WTL Diversion Rate) in May of 2014.
Piazza Produce Inc. is the first Zero Waste company in Pro*Act USA and is the only member to profit from its comprehensive waste diversion efforts. Mr. Lutocka represents Piazza Produce as the Pro*Act USA Sustainability Coordinator and Greener Fields Together Board Member. Mr. Lutocka has also represented Piazza Produce at Indiana University’s Real Food Challenge Summit Conferences in 2014 and again in 2015; this conference focuses on the development of purchase programs that support locally produced & sourced fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein products, and other food items thereby helping to meet the university’s goals as well as supporting a locally viable food economy.
Piazza Produce, Inc. is an Organizational Member of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council where Mr. Lutocka has served as a member of the USZWBC Business Advisory Board since 2012. Also, in 2015, he joined as a member of the USZWBC Board of Directors.
In 2015, Mr. Lutocka co-authored a “Meeting Urban Food Needs (MUFN) project” paper with Professor DeAnna Pucciarelli from Ball State University. The project was sponsored by the United Nations and was international in scope. Our paper was selected for presentation in Rome, Italy in July of 2015, and was the only paper representing North America. The paper will be published in the distinguished College of London.
As a speaker, Mr. Lutocka has addressed groups and events such as the USZWBC’s 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Annual Conferences & Events; Indiana Recycling Coalition; Indiana Solid Waste Stakeholder’s Group; Indiana Dairy Association; Indiana Dietetic Association; Ball State University’s Council on the Environment (COTE); DePauw University; I.U.P.U.I’s SPEA Graduate Program; Ivy Tech Community College; Association of Ohio Recyclers/Buckeye SWANA/Ohio Association of Litter Prevention & Recycling (OALPRP); and the Resource Recycling Conference (Food Recovery Roundtable).
Memberships include: International Facility Managers Association (IFMA); Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC); National Recycling Coalition (NRC); Indiana Solid Waste Stakeholders Group; U.S. Zero Waste Business Council; Delta Sigma Pi; Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout Class of 1977).
Mr. Lutocka holds a B.S. Degree in Management from Ball State University.