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Welcome to the Save the Food San Diego Ecochallenge

If you took a look inside America’s landfills, you’d find that our trash is full of food. Every year, 40% of food produced is thrown away, where it decomposes and contributes to climate change. This isn’t just something that happens in restaurants and grocery stores - 43% of all wasted food in the United States comes from households. When we waste food, we’re also wasting the resources - like land, water, and energy - used to produce that food. Food waste impacts the environment, the economy, and our communities.

But you can make a difference.

The Save the Food San Diego Ecochallenge, a program fully funded by the CalRecycle Food Waste Prevention & Rescue grant, aims to raise awareness about the problem of food waste and provide you with tips, tricks, and strategies to reduce food waste by 10% in our target population. Six partner organizations throughout San Diego county have been selected to participate in the Save The Food San Diego Ecochallenge - 2 corporate campuses, 2 university campuses, and 2 jurisdictions. Participants will receive their own food scales to weigh and record their food waste for one week at the beginning of each Ecochallenge.

We want you to track your food waste, share your progress, and earn points for taking action. Learn about meal planning, proper storage techniques, and smart shopping strategies for a life with less waste. The combination of collective inspiration, camaraderie and friendly competition makes change a little easier - and a lot more fun.

Take the challenge with the Save the Food San Diego Ecochallenge.

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Funded by a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments

Together, we're connecting the dots

The Save The Food San Diego Ecochallenge is powered by the Ecochallenge Platform.

The Ecochallenge Platform is a signature offering of (formerly Northwest Earth Institute), a sustainability organization that provides innovative social and digital tools designed to be a launchpad for emerging generations and sustainability leaders to experience “ah-ha” moments that lead to extraordinary environmental and social change. also hosts the global People's Ecochallenge which is free and open to everyone, everywhere. Over 105,000 people from 101 countries have used the Ecochallenge Platform and the organization has engaged over 300,000 people throughout its 26-year history. The Ecochallenge Platform can also be used to create custom Challenges that meet the engagement and action goals of your workplace, college, or community.

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