Blog • Climate Action & Environmental Protection


How I got my school district to combat climate change by changing what we eat

Student involvement on the local level in one’s own school district inspires and drives the change needed throughout our country. Read More

Healthier school food is key to fighting COVID-19 and systemic racism

Congress should mitigate the racial health disparities that leave Black people so vulnerable to COVID-19 by ensuring every student has access to nutritious school meals. Read More

California budget boosts healthy food for kids and markets for farmers

School food advocates cheered earlier this month when California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a major boost in state funding for California school food. Read More

Plant-forward food: A powerful step toward climate-friendly schools

th up to seven billion school meals served annually, small menu shifts that swap meat dishes for plant-based entrees can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental harms. S Read More

Foodservice corporations should choose people over profits

Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass group often have exclusive contracts with “Big Food” corporations that systematically lock out smaller, more sustainable producers, fair trade companies, and local farmers, ranchers, and fishers—especially those who have been disenfranchised. Read More

Climate-friendly menus can take a big bite out of climate change

Livestock production accounts for about 15 percent of global GHG emissions — more than the tailpipe emissions from all the planes, trains, cars and trucks in the world combined! Read More

The School Lunch Recipe for Climate Action

As California moves to slash greenhouse gases dramatically by 2030, and schools in San Francisco and elsewhere look to reduce their carbon emissions, a key ingredient is missing from the conversation: meat. Read More

Schools Cut Meat and Cheese, Serve up Big Wins for Kids and Climate

A new groundbreaking study by Friends of the Earth in conjunction with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), shows that schools can make lunches healthier and more climate-friendly while saving money. Read More

How Greener School Lunches Can Help Fight Climate Change

Greening school food should be a primary ingredient in combating climate change—just as important as making schools more solar-powered and energy efficient. Read More

Low-Carbon Meals: A Triple Win for One of California’s Largest School Districts

Research shows that we cannot avoid the worst impacts of climate change unless we dramatically scale back our consumption of animal foods. That's because producing meat and cheese generates large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and guzzles huge amounts of water. Read More