A lot of interesting, environmentally-centered ideas are born right here in California. And there are plenty of examples of people from the Golden State leading the charge when it comes to enacting healthy change for kids and schools. So it should come as no surprise that the country’s first major vegan school is taking flight here, thanks in part to Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron.
With Suzy’s sister Rebecca, the couple launched the MUSE school in Calabasas, Calif. in 2006. The nonprofit school teaches kids ages 2 all the way up to high school on two campuses. Created with the environment, health, and sustainability in mind, the school goes to great lengths to teach its students more than just their ABCs.
Now, Suzy has announced that in the fall of 2015, “MUSE will be the only school we are aware of that is completely plant-based.” Continued James, “Plant-based eating — meaning the meals that are served at MUSE will be 100 percent plant-based. The average person would say vegan, but we say whole food, plant-based. It’s about raising kids who don’t think it’s strange or exotic or worthy of a pat on the back to be doing the right thing for the living biosphere.”
A School With a Green Heart
Even before their meat-free menu, MUSE School has proven that it’s an interesting institution for a lot of reasons:
- Buildings are toxin free, with nature all around to encourage outdoor education and exploration.
- Teachers model sustainability every day through gardening, composting, permaculture, recycling, upcycling, repurposing, and more.
- Students help grow and prepare the daily organic snacks and lunches. Doing so helps children connect to their food, to see the links between the environment and their health, and to understand the value of staying fit and eating sensibly.
What do you think about the country’s new green and vegan schools? Tell us in the comments section below! And to find out more about MUSE, visit museschool.org.