Straight from the Sun

An elementary-schooler’s guide to getting started with a plant-based diet.


What We Do

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We host informational sessions for elementary schoolers across the Santa Barbara County area, providing them with information about adopting the plant-based lifestyle and tailoring it to their needs.

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We provide recipe bags for participating students to take home so they can try making plant-based foods and snacks at home. We hope that this way, students will be more inclined to try the recipes if they’ve made it themselves.

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We are in contact with Goleta Union Food Services, and have been given the opportunity to pilot a plant based meal to be distributed in their pick-up lunch program.

Why is plant-based education so important?

Providing children at a young age with information about a wider range of plant-based nutrients not only empowers them to make informed decisions about food, but also opens them up to considering plant-based options in the future, greatly reducing their carbon footprint.

  • Delicious
  • Nutritious
  • Eco-concious

What’s your Impact?

Meatless Monday!

3 years

of drinking water saved by choosing a plant-based burger over a traditional beef burger


of global greenhouse gas emissions are from the meat industry

7.5 lb CO2

can be prevented from entering the atmosphere by going vegetarian for 1 day

200,000 gallons

of water is saved by having one plant-based meal a day for a year

“If the population were to eat no ruminant meat, land use emissions could be reduced by 48 per cent, a fully vegetarian diet by 55 per cent, a vegan diet by 67 per cent.”


See our Recipes in Action!

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”

Journal of the American Dietetic Association, July 2009. 1266-1282.

DISCLAIMER: Straight from the Sun, hosted by Layne Hayward and Yalda Khodadad through UCSB’s Environmental Leadership Program, is an educational program and does not intend to replace professional medical advice, guidance, or treatment. Resources shared on our website and through our presentations are for educational purposes only, and are sourced from reputable medical journals and professionals. Our goal is to help support the elementary schools of Santa Barbara County and beyond with plant-based nutrition education. Please contact your healthcare provider(s) for guidance on specific conditions, treatment, and lifestyle changes.

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