The Climate Toolkit

Food Service

The agriculture sector is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases, including nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide. In 2019, 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions resulted from agricultural activities. Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, livestock management, enteric fermentation (livestock digestive process), manure management and other agricultural practices increase greenhouse gas emissions. Offering plant-based meal options allows your guests to try new foods and can encourage them to embrace a lifestyle that reduces methane and other greenhouse gases. The Climate Toolkit created food service goals to guide botanical gardens, zoos and museums to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Institutions Pursuing Food Service Goals:

Alfarnate Botanical Garden

Alfarnate, Spain

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Clermont, Kentucky

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati, Ohio

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver, Colorado

Duke Farms

Hillsborough Township, New Jersey

Gardens of Golden Gate Park

San Francisco Bay Area, California

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden

Washington, D.C.

Holden Forests and Gardens

Cleveland, Ohio

Horniman Museum and Gardens

London, United Kingdom

Inala Jurassic Garden

Tasmania, Australia

Jardim Botânico Araribá

São Paulo, Brazil

Leach Botanical Garden

Portland, Oregon

Longue Vue House & Gardens

New Orleans, Louisiana

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California

Montréal Botanical Gardens / Montréal Space for Life

Québec, Canada

Natural History Museum of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, New York

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk, Virginia

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

San Diego Botanic Garden

Encinitas, California

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington, D.C.

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Jerusalem, Israel

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia