RCE Greater Western Sydney-2012

1. General Information
Contact Name(s): 
Eric Brocken
Helen Angelakis
Organizational Affiliation : 
Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre
University of Western Sydney
Role in the project: 
Project-relevant information: 
2. Project Information
1. Project title: 
Love Food, Hate Waste (LFHW) in Greater Western Sydney
2. Project Description: 
Student focus groups conducted in UWS residential accommodation have found that large numbers of student residents regularly drive off campus to buy takeaway food and UWS Residential Campus Managers report that many of their students regularly throw away and waste vast amounts of food. According to LFHW every households in NSW throw away more than $1,000 of food each year. Loving food is about wasting less every day – saving you time and money, making a difference to our environment.
The RCE-GWS Love Foo, Hate Waste initiative aims to create awareness and reduce food waste across targeted staff, student and community groups. A series of LFHW workshops are beingconducted, including the distribution of LFHW tips and recipes through workshops and a collaboratively designed UWS Community cookbook to minimise food waste, optimise the use of local food and the use leftovers. A 12 month local food hamper scheme is being pilotted to promote local food with the intention of the students developing their own local food cooperative and to encourage student in UWS residents to buy local food and reduce dependence on highly processed take away products. The project is being documented by Television Sydney (TVS) for broadcast across Sydney on community television.
The project is funded through a grant from the NSW Government.
3. Project Status: 
4. Key Words
Key Words: 
Local food, well-being, waste reduction
5. Project categories
Project categories: 
Awareness building
Networking and partnership development
6. Expected outcomes:: 
Reduction in food wasted by UWS staff and students, as well as the local community.
7. Duration of the Project:: 
06/2012 - 06/2013
3. Project Leadership & Vision
8. Project coordination (e.g. teams): 
Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre, UWS Office of Sustainability and UWS Residential Colleges.
9. Leadership structure
a. Administration: 
b. Transactional: 
c. Transformational: 
4. Project results
10. Project results : 
Yet to be implemented
11. Contribution to reforms and innovations: 
This form of collaborative, action learning is a key strategy for engaging local people with social sustainability, the use of local food and the reduction of waste to land fill.
12. Unexpected / unplanned results: 
The Community Cookbook has been highly reviewed and positively received.
13.Core Partners: 
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre; UWS Office of Sustainability
5. Partnership and networking
14. Project Network
a. Information network: 
b. Knowledge network: 
c. Innovation network: 
6. Participation
15. Type of involvement: 
Love Food Hate Waste workshops are open to all RCE partners.The community cookbook is being launched by a TV personality who runs a sustainability-focused gardening program on national television.
16. Participation opportunities
a. Informational participation: 
b. Consultation participation: 
c. Decision influencing participation : 
7. Education & Learning
18. Learning activities: 
The program intends to foster healthy eating, and create awareness and reduce food waste across targeted staff, student and community groups. A series of easily accessed LFHW workshops are being conducted including the distribution of LFHW tips and recipes and training on how to cook the recipes in the UWS Community cookbook, with a view to minimising food waste and showing how to use leftovers. A 12 month pilot of a local food hamper schemeis being used to promote local food cooperatives amongst students and to encourage UWS student living in residence to buy local food and reduce their dependence on less healthy take away options. The project is being documented by Television Sydney (TVS) for broadcast on community television - this is a form of active, community-based learning for the UWS film and TV students. As part of the program a UWS student intern has been hired to assistant with the running and organisation of student workshops and the food coop. This gives the employed student real world experience and assists with the development project management, planning or organisational skills.
19. Educational activities
a. Theory: 
b. Discussion: 
c. Interactive and Multidimensional "action oriented education": 
Project Reports
SCP,Livelihood and Well-being
Waste Management
One More Issue: 
Sustainable Consumption and Production