The aim of the ZERO Food Waste Challenge is to increase awareness among students in higher education, throughout the Netherlands, about the amount of food needlessly wasted in schools, institutions, and in the food industry. The students are challenged to work together to devise and implement solutions for this issue, which will be another step towards achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 12.3: a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.
Last year, HAS green academy held the first Brabant edition of the ZERO Food Waste Challenge. It involved a relatively small group of students from 4 universities of applied sciences. In this Brabant challenge, the lecturer set up a food waste action plan, together with colleagues, students and partners, for HAS green academy.
The research group hopes this action plan will reduce food waste at HAS green academy in Den Bosch by 50% in 3 years. The first step towards this goal is to look specifically at our own food waste and take appropriate action. HAS also actively incorporates food waste as a theme in education and research.
During the challenge students will be able to follow a series of online masterclasses, consisting of webinars and SMALL challenges. The masterclasses will be given in the evening and in English. This makes it easy for students to join in from all over the Netherlands. The meetings will look at, among other things, the current situation with regard to food waste, and workinfoog methods to achieve innovative and working solutions. The research group formulates a number of generic assignments for our own university of applied sciences, but is also compiling specific BIG challenges from companies, institutions and other universities.
All participants will receive a certificate at the end of the challenge, and the group of students or student who devises the food waste project with the most impact will receive the ZERO Food waste challenge Award. This award will be presented on or around 12 March 2023 by the Food Waste Free United Foundation.