Straight from the Sun
An elementary-schooler’s guide to getting started with a plant-based diet.
What We Do
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.
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.
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.
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
of water is saved by having one plant-based meal a day for a year
See our Recipes in Action!
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.