Lesly Baesens

Lesly is deeply passionate about sustainability and believes even small individual changes can result in major collective impact.

As the Food Waste Recovery Program Administrator for the City of Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment, Lesly works with residents, city staff, and food banks and pantries to ensure that food never ends up in landfills but is instead eaten, redistributed or composted.

When the COVID- 19 pandemic hit, Lesly applied this ‘no food waste’ philosophy to tackling the immediate hunger needs of Denverites affected by the economic shut down by connecting emergency food providers with supplies and food to keep them operating in the face of increased demand.

Lesly has made appearances on Denver ABC7 and on Denver 8 TV, and was featured on PBS Newshour’s “Waste Not, Want Not” series. She has also participated in the Green Team Academy podcast and was a speaker at Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Sustainable Denver Summit and at ICLEI’s Resilient Cities Global Forum in Bonn, Germany.