Why does this popular adage seem to be the linchpin of all sustainability efforts? Let’s begin by defining “sustainability”, a buzzword we all love to use but might not always know how to articulate. According to the World Commission on Environment and Development:

     Sustainable development should “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

     Nowhere in this definition is “buy less” or “use less” explicitly stated, yet there seems to be a general understanding that we just might need to cut back on something if we are to sustain healthy and equitable societies.

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     The desire to consider how our lifestyles impact other humans, animals, and resources should spark excitement and collaboration amongst those of us eager to preserve the people’s and planet’s prosperity. Unfortunately, it’s easy to see the distressing statistics indicating an inevitable climate apocalypse and resort to crossing our fingers and hoping for the best.

     It’s true. A zero carbon footprint is virtually unattainable and arguably, not too desirable. (We’re all for a plastic-free lifestyle, but aren’t quite sure we’re ready to go shower-free juuust yet.)

     However, there is a tiny tweak we can make in our weekly habits that can profoundly alter the trajectory of society. The Tufts Eco-Reps and Gre-Eco Reps will be tabling every Monday 5:30-7:30pm in the dining halls to give you the opportunity to pledge a meatless meal in a collective effort to minimize the socioenvironmental burdens of animal agriculture.

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We’ve compiled a list of some tasty meatless dishes that will be served at these weekly events:

April 25

Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

Create-Your-Own Mediterranean Bowl

Chickpea Vindaloo

May 2

Butternut Bisque

Vegan Ravioli in Tomato Mushroom Sauce

Vegetarian Shepherd Pie

May 9

Quinoa Harvest Bake

Crispy Tofu Milanese

Makhni Dal


Not ready to make the commitment yet? Don’t worry. You can ask any Eco-Rep at the event more more information on why they support the global Meatless Monday campaign. Reasons may include global hunger, animal welfare, personal health, or just good ‘ol sustainability. Tufts Veg Society is another great resource for exploring alternatives to eat and view food.

Take some time to chew it over and decide if it’s a challenge you’re willing to take on. Encourage your friends and family to join in on the veggie fun and let us know how it goes. Happy noshing!


Hungry for more? Watch this quick video and check out these AWESOME initiatives: Tufts Food For Thought and Tufts Veg Society!