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CEC student wins recognition for being environmentally focused

December Sampson
December Sampson

TRURO, N.S. – An essay on finding ways to combat food waste has earned a $2,500 scholarship for graduating CEC student December Sampson.

Sampson was one of seven winners from across the province in the Divert Nova Scotia’s inaugural Champion of the Environment scholarship contest. The contest was created to recognize the top environmentally focused youth in the province.

Sampson’s essay, entitled Collaboration Is the Key to Success, deals with the issues surrounding food waste management, both from an environmental standpoint, and in light of the numbers of people around the globe who suffer from hunger.

“First and foremost, food waste management strategies will need to be promoted by educating consumers, institutions and retailers on the destructive effects of food waste and what they can do to help manage food waste,” Sampson wrote in her essay.

She also concludes that government action will be required to implement policies and legislation to force institutions and retailers to manage their food waste and that collaborations and partnerships should be formed with existing initiatives and organizations that use imperfect food.

As one example of her third point, Sampson referred to the arrangement that the Tim Hortons restaurant in Stewiacke has with Winding River Elementary School, which receives leftover muffins, bagels and rolls for its breakfast program.

Sampson’s entire essay and a full list of the winners can be viewed online by logging onto the following url: http://divertns.ca/news/2017/meet-the-divert-ns-champions-of-the-environment .

 

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