A Fresh Approach to Climate Action
The Cool Food Pledge helps dining facilities - from hotels and restaurants to hospitals and company cafeterias - offer consumers more of what they want while slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030. Using a three-pronged approach of “Pledge-Plan-Promote,” signatories pledge to reduce food-related emissions in line with climate science, develop plans to sell delicious dishes with smaller climate footprints, and promote their achievements as leaders in a growing movement.
The Cool Food Pledge is an initiative of World Resources Institute, UN Environment, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, Climate Focus, EAT, and the Sustainable Restaurant Association. World Resources Institute serves as secretariat. The Pledge is pleased to also have Sodexo as a supporter.
Cool Food Pledge signatories collectively serve 800+ million meals annually and include the following organizations:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Medical Center
City of Ghent
City of Milan
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Farmers Restaurant Group
Hackensack Meridian Health
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Overlook Medical Center
Seattle Children’s Hospital
UC Davis Medical Center
UC San Diego Health
University of Maryland
University of Pittsburgh
Virginia Mason Medical Center
What Signatories Say
I don’t sell plant-based, I sell delicious looking and tasting food that just happens to be plant-based. Our “Roots and Shoots” program is a great example - it has a catchy name and allows our chefs to get creative in coming up with dishes that combine root vegetables with other vegetables and plant proteins. Nowhere did it call out plant-based, it just focused on the taste and theme and has been a top-selling item.