food and our carbon footprInt

Be a climate champion by joining the City of Ann Arbor’s community-wide effort to become carbon neutral by 2030!

VegMichigan is a collaborator on ZERO, the City of Ann Arbor’s plan for a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality. As part of our collaboration we are working to spread awareness about the connection between food choices and climate change, demonstrate how eating more plant-based meals can reduce our carbon footprint, support individuals interested in plant-forward living, and help Ann Arbor organizations/restaurants in adopting plant-forward policies.

Learn more about the City’s Sustainable Food Programs

Below, see more resources and opportunities to attend upcoming events and try FREE plant-based food.

research on plant-based eatIng as a clImate solutIon

According to the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan, food accounts for 10-30% of a household’s carbon footprint. Meat and dairy products have a higher carbon footprint than grains and vegetables so eating more plant-based is one of the best ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint. For more information see the Center for Sustainable Systems Carbon Footprint Fact Sheet

A study from Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions, shows that plant-based eating is the most impactful thing individuals and households can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

enjoy plant-based meals & support local restaurants & farmers 

Looking for restaurants or grocery stores to enjoy plant-based options, or more local produce?

Visit our Ann Arbor plant-based resource guide. For more information including recipe blogs and videos, visit our plant-based resources webpage.

free programs & free plant-based food

Interested in learning more about the environmental benefits of plant-based living or participating in our 30-day plant-based pledge and receiving a FREE bag of plant-based items to support you in getting started?

See our upcomIng

a²zero events

lIsted below!



June 15, 202412:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come join us at the Ann Arbor YMCA Block Party. We will have a table at this family-friendly event and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in our 30-Day Plant-Based Pledge. We will also be giving away delicious plant-based samples. 

want to get Involved?

you can be an organIzer for your group or busIness!

1) to set up a presentation, 30-day plant-based pledge, or plant-based tasting for your workplace, volunteer organization, sports/leisure club, or even for your neighborhood. 

2) in adopting a plant-based policy or your restaurant/catering service wants support in adding plant-based options to your menu. 

If you are interested in these services, complete our form.

we need your Input

Would an app help you to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet?

Please share your ideas with the A²ZERO team by filling out the quick 2-question survey below.

VegMichigan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our federal tax ID number is 38-3602198.