[FRC] Measure student food waste for Earth Day

Moore, Karen S. Karen.S.Moore at dep.state.fl.us
Thu Apr 5 14:55:13 EDT 2018

Hello all,

I would like your help in a program that EPA Region 4 is working on with World Wildlife Fund, and University of Arkansas.  We are designing a guide to help schools identify barriers to school food donation programs in Region 4, i.e. how to donate or resell food if it is unclaimed from a shared table.  As part of this program we are trying to identify as many schools as we can in Region 4 that have participated in student food waste audits.  We have decided to promote this program for Earth Day, since many schools are already looking for new or different activities for the day, and it could be potentially easier to receive permission to do the audit since it is in celebration of a special event. Below is that USDA, World Wildlife Fund, and I worked to create to promote the food waste audits.   If you work with schools please help me pass this along so that we can gather as much data as we can, and make the guide work best for Region 4 schools.

Thank you so much,
Laura McMillan

Is your school looking for fun, STEM-based, hand-on learning for #EarthDay2018? How about digging in to your school's food waste?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Arkansas have collaborated to create a guide for schools who want to measure the amount of food that gets tossed beyond the serving line in their cafeterias.  The guide provides information on the reasons why we should examine our waste, how to do an audit, what to do with the data collected, and food waste prevention ideas.

Our conservation partners at the World Wildlife Fund have created a Food Waste Warrior Curriculum - a toolkit including this guide, that also provides free lessons, experiential activities and resources grounded in science, math, social studies, and language arts, plus downloadable posters for your classroom. Turn your cafeteria into a classroom, and let your students see, smell, hear, and feel how their own actions can create change.

We encourage all of our staff and education partners to join us to engage in #EarthDay2018 by conducting a student food waste audit and checking out this curriculum.  Check out the Food Waste Warrior Toolkit and sign up to be part of the national conversation<https://www.worldwildlife.org/teaching-resources/toolkits/food-waste-warrior-toolkit>.

Laura McMillan
RCRD | USEPA Region 4
Atlanta, Ga. | 61 Forsyth St. SW
(404)562-8584 | McMillan.Laura at epa.gov<mailto:McMillan.Laura at epa.gov>

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