2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Think.Eat.Save – Student Challenge (USD10,000 Prize)

Application Deadline: 16 November 2014.

Calling all food waste warriors in high schools and universities worldwide – fight food waste and compete for thousands of dollars of prizes! Your challenge: uncover how much food gets wasted in your schools, organize a team and take action to reduce food waste!

The Think.Eat.Save Student Challenge aims to encourage secondary school and university students from around the world to uncover and understand – through the design and implementation of hands-on projects – how much food waste they are producing and the impact it is having on the environment and economy.
Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced gets lost or wasted in the food production and consumption systems. Almost half of this quantity is the result of retailers and consumers in industrialized regions discarding food that is fit for consumption. This equates to over 1.3 billion tonnes of food – worth around US$1 trillion, enough to feed the estimated 870 million people who are going hungry each day.

Students or their schools can win up to US$5,000 that can be used to further implement their winning idea:

  • Investigate how much food the school wastes every year and learn about the main causes of wasteor
  • Take action to eliminate or reduce food waste in the schoolor
  • Raise awareness in the school and/or community on the issue of food waste and why it should be eliminated
  • Start by investigating about the problem – how much food gets wasted in your school? Then explore the solutions.
  • What if the cafeteria went trayless? What if they offered an option of smaller portions?
  • What if everyone that brought their own food to school became more mindful of how much they are able to eat?
  • What if there is a way to redistribute the perfectly edible food to other charities?

Creating an awareness raising campaign can also help make a huge difference. Make a movie, take photos, spread the word through your and your school’s social networks using the hashtag #ThinkEatSave


1st Prize – US $5,000

2nd Prize – US $3,000

3rd Prize – US $2,000


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