project leader
Ursula K
(Downtown Brooklyn)
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the project

This citizen science project will collect and analyze new data on New York City food retailers’ use of date labels and the effect labeling has on unpurchased, safe-to-eat products ending up in the solid waste stream. Through surveys of retailers and audits of food items destined for landfill, we aim to build a database researchers and citizen scientists can use to build discussion around food waste and ways of reducing it.

In addition to data collection and analysis, we will also engage interested members of the community, sustainability and anti-waste advocates, and researchers  in discussion of the data and preliminary findings, as well as ways of building on this pilot to conduct further research.


the steps

Development of data collection plan, including geographic scope, survey design, solid waste audit methods, and data coding and management methods

Target completion date: 01.15.2020

Identification of available storage media and back-up methods for digital media

Target completion date: 01.15.2020

Analytical study design

Target completion date: 01.15.2020

Survey administration and solid waste assessment

Target completion date: 03.15.2020

Quantitative analysis

Target completion date: 06.15.2020

Discussion of findings/educational outreach

Target completion date: 08.15.2020

why we're doing it

Food waste is a major concern in New York City and around the country. A lack of standardized date labels and the use of dates to denote product quality rather than product safety make it difficult to reduce food waste at the retail and consumer level. We want to understand what role food labels play in safe-to-consume food ending up in the garbage.


Cloud storage of photo data. 500 GB lifetime storage on pCloud 175

Survey questionnaire forms: paper and printing 25

Data collection, cleaning, and research services
2 researchers @ 25 USD/ hr for 2.5 hrs/week  950

Solid waste assessment team outreach and recruitment. monthly subscription for project duration (6 months). 100

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $70
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $42


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