The year is done, and with December and the treat-filled holiday season behind us, it’s a time when many of us are thinking about ways we can improve ourselves and our communities in the year ahead. While eating better and getting more exercise will always be the most popular New Year’s resolutions, an extremely important (and often related) change you can make is to reduce your carbon footprint. MUSE Schools are founded on principles of sustainability, not just in our day-to-day operation, but as an essential component of our curriculum. Here are a few relatively painless changes you can make that are directly derived from MUSE Schools sustainability model.
Reduce meat in your diet.
Meat production is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels, so a great way to immediately reduce your household’s carbon footprint is to limit your meat consumption. This fact has been slow to take hold in the discourse around carbon emissions, so as you focus on plant-based eating habits, you can increase your positive influence by making sure your family and friends know why you’re doing it. In fact, each day, our MUSE Kitchen staff prepare 100% plant-based lunches and snacks for the MUSE community, outlined in Suzy Amis Cameron’s One Meal A Day plan. Our transition to a plant-based meal program is based upon MUSE’s commitment to sustainability, since food choice is the most efficient way to reduce our global footprint.
Don’t drive so much.
We all know our personal vehicles are major contributors to carbon emissions, so a change to our driving habits can have a big influence on our carbon footprint. Figure out which of your neighborhood destinations are within walking or cycling distance (contributing to your exercise goals!), and get a transit pass to make it more convenient to take mass transit. At MUSE Schools we try and make this even easier for staff and families by offering incentives for using a MUSE electric vehicle, carpool or the bus.
Eat locally grown food.
As a general guideline, the closer to home a food was grown, the better it is for the environment. Shipping food around the world burns an enormous amount of fossil fuel, and small farms supplying nearby markets tend to have greener business practices than huge food corporations. Even better, plant a garden in your own yard and you’ll be eating with the pride of having brought your own food from seed to table.
We encourage the students at MUSE to grow up with these habits already established so they won’t need a New Year’s resolution to live sustainably. Built into their education is an awareness of their environmental footprints Our Seed to Table program teaches exactly how food gets to their plate, and plant-based meal programs can reduce each student’s carbon footprint by as much as a thousand tons each year.
To find out more about the sustainability principles practiced by MUSE Schools, visit https://www.museglobal.org. We are franchising this highly-successful model globally. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org