Vienna, Austria - Less Meat More Life - Greenpeace - Less Meat More Life - Greenpeace

Since 1999, Vienna has had a program to encourage public institutions to make more sustainable choices in all kinds of purchases. Institutions that serve food (like hospitals, schools, and nursing homes) prioritise organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as less meat. Criteria for food purchases and production include ensuring that 2/3 of ingredients are vegetarian and that meals have no packaging at all.

This program has had a big impact overall: it reduces Vienna’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30,000 tons every year, and meals served in schools have 50% organic ingredients.

What’s next?

Vienna could move into our highest ranking category with one step up: require 2 weekly dedicated vegetarian days in all public canteens by 2020.

Greenpeace’s global challenge:

Our supporters are challenging cities to race to the top on meat reduction to protect our climate, forests and water. We aim to have at least 20 cities commit to serving two vegetarian meals (no meat or dairy options) in all public canteens weekly by the end of 2018. We expect to have at least 100 global cities make this or a greater commitment toward less and better meat and more plant based meals by 2020.

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If you sign up for the toolkit now, you’ll also get free veggie tips and recipes. And, if your city or institution is already embracing more plant-based meals, we’ll give you access to our nomination form so we can add them to our world map of leading cities.

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