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2017 Competition 1: Conducting a Food Waste Audit

Students participate in the first LifeSmarts food waste audit held during the 2016 national championship in Denver

To kick off the 2017 National LifeSmarts Championship and to celebrate Earth Day, LifeSmarts is excited to join forces with a number of organizations by asking teams to conduct food waste audits. The LifeSmarts focus on food waste addresses content across all five LifeSmarts topics, requires skill in planning, data collection, and critical thinking, and promotes teamwork.

Teams attending the 2017 National LifeSmarts Championship will conduct a food waste audit at their school or a similar location as their first competition. To complete this activity and earn points for Competition 1, teams will complete the Food Waste Audit Submission form on the LifeSmarts web site. Teams may earn up to 110 points on this activity.

Teams will:

  • Conduct a food waste audit at their school or a similar location
  • Provide audit demographics
  • Compile and submit audit data
  • Respond to critical thinking questions

Materials:

Additional Information:

  • Questions? Join a Webinar hosted by LifeSmarts staff. Click here to register. Dates are:
    • Tuesday, February 28 at 3 p.m. Eastern time
    • Wednesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time
    • Tuesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern time
  • Visit the EPA’s web site
  • Use the LifeSmarts Guide to the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Unit 13: “Our Wasted Food”
  • Use additional lessons from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s FoodSpan Curriculum
  • Contact Lisa Hertzberg at: lisah@nclnet.org.

Partners:

LifeSmarts thanks our partners and collaborators — The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the World Wildlife Fund, The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)