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    Vance Kekoa 12/27/2020 1:17 AM
    Save The Food San Diego Ecochallenge grand prize award goes to Team CRAVEN 4700:  SMALL BUT MIGHTY!

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    Vance Kekoa 12/05/2020 2:45 PM
    Congratulations to the County of San Diego for the monumental participation effort!

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    Vance Kekoa 12/05/2020 2:35 PM
    26 days left in a 458 day ecochallenge, a long journey requiring a commitment level that is clearly intended to change poor habits into great habits...for life.

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    Vance Kekoa 11/28/2020 11:45 AM
    Portioning down a traditional dinner like Thanksgiving means changing some habits that have been passed down through generations. That was met with more resistance than initially anticipated, after all food is culture. Lesson learned: food education is the easy part, overcoming long standing culturally preserved habits is the hard part.

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    Vance Kekoa 9/29/2020 9:01 AM
    CSUSM UPDATE: The Save The Food San Diego Ecochallenge has been going on for exactly 1 year today! Only 3 more months left to complete the challenge and TEAM CRAVEN 4700 (with all of 6 members) has just past the 20,000 point total! We are second place in the team standings, only behind SD County (they have 301 members on their team). CSUSM as an organization, with both teams combined, have over 30,000 points and solidly in second place! We are CSUSM Strong!!

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    Vance Kekoa 3/24/2020 8:58 AM
    I hope all of you are enduring this challenging time in the best way possible. Now more than ever, I find it impossible to ignore the invaluable benefits of participating in the Save the Food EcoChallenge. It only takes a few of these good habits to feed willpower. 

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    Vance Kekoa 1/24/2020 9:41 AM
    SMALL BUT MIGHTY defined...TEAM CRAVEN 4700 all of 6 employees represents less than 5% of all CSUSM ecochallenge participants, yet we are responsible for 60% of total ecochallenge points awarded to CSUSM!!
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Date Labels Demystified
    What is your first reaction when you see an item that is past its "Best By" date? Where do you think this reaction comes from?

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    Vance Kekoa 1/20/2020 10:21 PM
    My first reaction use to be...'don't eat this after the date' or even the day before the date indicated on the label. This reaction likely came from both an understanding that the distributor will not guarantee the quality after this date, translated to 'I may get sick' and past personal experience with milk spoiling before the actual date on the container.

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    Vance Kekoa 1/20/2020 9:03 PM
    Congratulations CSUSM! We are the first organization in the SD Save the Food Ecochallenge to breakthrough the 20,000 point total! That's 20,000 in 2020!

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    Vance Kekoa 1/20/2020 8:22 PM
    It's the best feeling when the servers come to take all your plates and there is no food on any of them! The strategy that seems to work the best, make the minimal volume when first ordering your food (which will feel like you are under ordering). If you're still hungry then order a chaser...don't be surprised when you don't need too.

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      Sarah Feteih 1/21/2020 8:23 AM
      This is a great example of using the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy - source reduction is at the top of the pyramid as an effective strategy!