Consider the Vegetable: Pledge the VEG

April 2015

Consider the Vegetable: Pledge to GO VEG

Our food system is responsible for up to one-third of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the latest figures from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. That means what we eat has a very real impact on the world we live in. All diets require CO2 emissions, but a vegan-based diet is responsible for the release of approximately 1.5 fewer tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year than a meat-eater. Thus, increasing the amount of vegetable consumption is an option that not only has dramatic health benefits, but also lowers negative environmental impacts.

So GO VEG, and feel better inside and out!

Starting Monday, April 13, the University of Chicago Office of Sustainability challenges students, staff and faculty to “GO VEG” for a week. Participate by swapping in vegetables and subbing out meat for a least one meal a day during Veg Week.

By the Numbers

In 2014, more than 220 people signed-on, pledging an average of 10 meat-free meals for the week. In total, campus reduced its meat consumption by 2,227 meals, preventing nearly 4.3 tons of CO2 from reaching the atmosphere!

We’re thrilled with the results, but can we do better?

The Challenge - Sign the VEG Pledge

We’re challenging you to sign the “Pledge to Go Veg”. Find us at our table in Hutch, and pledge to cut out meat from all or just a portion of your meals this week!

Schedule of Events

All Week: We’ll be in the Reynolds Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free snacks, recipes, SWAG, and of course, The Veg Pledge!

Monday, April 13: Kick-off with Native Foods at the Reynolds Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14: Dinner with the Chicago Diner at Hallowed Grounds from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15: $1 VEGAN Shakes at C-Shop from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, April 17: Lunch with Upton’s Naturals at the Reynolds Club from 12:30p.m. to 2 p.m.