Tools and Resources

Posters and Flyers 

You can download and print these files, or share with your local print shop for larger formats. Marketing materials can an easy way to promote the health and environmental benefits, as well as an easy introduction to plant forward meals.

Water Consumption Impact

This poster is designed to show students how much water it takes to produce a meat-based lunch versus a plant forward one.

Can You Grow It? 

Encourage students to try foods at lunch that grow on a vine, tree, or in the ground.

Water Consumption Impact

This poster is designed to show students how much water it takes to produce a plant forward lunch versus a meat-based lunch.

Meat Production Impact on Air Quality

This poster is designed to show students the impact that meat production has on air quality.

Eat Plants & Stay Healthy

This poster encourages students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins.

How Much Water?

Use this poster to help explain the amount of water different sources of protein take to produce.

Now Serving: Plant Forward Meals

Use this flyer to help explain the importance of eating plant forward meals to staff.

Eat Plant Forward at Home!

Send this flyer home with students to show families easy ways to eat plant forward at home.

Research, Articles, and News

  • Meat of the Matter: Learn why institutions could have a significant environmental impact by serving more plant-based meals (and how to do so!) in this report from Friends of the Earth.
  • Value of Water Report 47: The Green, Grey, and Blue Water Footprint of Crops and Derived Crop Products: This precursory report provides the findings from investigating the water required to produce a variety of crops. Wheat and rice rank highest and are mostly grown in India, China, and the U.S. Complementary to Report 48 listed below.
  • Value of Water Report 48: The Green, Grey, and Blue Water Footprint of Farm Animals and Animal Products: The authors of this report from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education traced the water footprints of raising animals for food, from the feed they eat to the resources needed to process and package them. It then provides a comparison to other crops. The researchers conclude that if you are going to eat meat, it's best for the environment, particularly our water supply, to eat animals raised on grazing methods (as opposed to industrialized meat raising operations) because they require less feed, and therefore less water, to be raised.
  • Scaling up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food: Strategies for Success: Based on interviews with 33 school food professionals, this report from Friends of the Earth provides resources and numerous examples from 18 public school districts showcasing the benefits and strategies that school food visionaries are successfully using to serve more plant-forward foods.
  • Scaling up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food Webinar: This webinar will give you a deeper understanding of the importance of climate-friendly school foods on the menu. The webinar covers the following learning objectives: 1. Define climate-friendly food (what, why, how) 2. Understand how climate-friendly food can be applied in different school contexts' and 3. Understand viable policy actions.

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