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Enter #NotWasting video contest for your chance to win a trip to the first North American Workshop on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery in Toronto, Canada

New contest deadline is 15 January 2017

Montreal, 23 November 2016—Is there an innovative way you’re #NotWasting food? Whether you are a consumer who buys food wisely and uses all leftovers, a grocery store that avoids rotting overstock, or a municipality that prevents food waste from ending up in landfills, we want to see your ideas for salvaging food before it becomes waste.

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and UN Environment are calling on North Americans to share their food waste reduction initiatives, whether small- or large-scale, and why they are innovative and impactful. Submit your video at www.notwasting.com by Sunday, 15 January 2017.

The Make #NotWasting food a way of life video contest is open to private citizens, schools, nongovernmental organizations, businesses, agricultural producers, and municipal and state/provincial government agencies in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

One winner from each country will be invited to present their initiative at the first North American Workshop on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery, hosted by the CEC in Toronto, Canada, on 28 February–2 March 2017.   All travel expenses will be covered.

The workshop will identify gaps, challenges, opportunities, and strategies to enhance food waste reduction and recovery in North America, and will be attended by leading government officials and experts from all three countries.

An esteemed panel of food waste experts will select the three winning submissions. For more information and details on how to enter the contest, visit: <www.notwasting.com>.

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About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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