SUSTAINABILITY

BOTH MUSE SCHOOLS WERE FOUNDED WITH SUSTAINABILITY AS A CORE VALUE.

MUSE Virtual strives to meet the United Nations sustainable development goals. These are much more than goals to us. This provides guiding principles alongside our educational pillars for our students. These developmental goals ignite passion, action and spark imagination.

No PovertyDonate what you don’t use.

Zero HungerWaste less food and support local farmers.

Good Health and Well-BeingVaccinate your family.

Quality EducationHelp educate the children in your community.

Gender EqualityEmpower women and girls and ensure their equal rights.

Clean Water and SanitationAvoid wasting water.

Affordable and Clean EnergyUse only energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

Decent Work and Economic Growth Create jobs for youth.

Industry, Innovation, and InfrastructureFund projects that provide basic infrastructure.

Reduce InequalitiesSupport the marginalized and disadvantaged.

Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesBike, walk or use public transportation.

Responsible Consumption and ProductionRecycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminum.

Climate ActionAct now to stop global warming.

Like Below WaterAvoid plastic bags to keep the oceans clean.

Life on Land — Plant a tree and help protect the environment.

Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsStand up for human rights.

PartnershipsLobby your government to boost development financing.

AS A COMMUNITY COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY, MUSE VIRTUAL IS COMMITTED TO CARING FOR OUR WILD, LIVING EARTH.

MUSE VIRTUAL GREEN INITIATIVES

As a community committed to sustainability, MUSE Virtual is committed to caring for our wild, living earth.  We do this by implementing green initiatives.

MUSE Kitchen: A 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant®.

MUSE Virtual celebrates it’s achievement as the Greenest Restaurant in the World, a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant® with over 550 GreenPoints™!

We have implemented two extraordinary steps that bring a restaurant’s environmental impact dramatically down. The first is solar. MUSE Virtual Headquarters’ electricity is 100% solar. The lights, AC, electric cooking equipment, refrigerators, and freezers are all powered by the sun.

The second extraordinary change that MUSE implemented was changing its menu to be low on the food chain, plant-based. That means no cheese, eggs, chicken, beef, or fish. Over an 18-month period, MUSE gradually replaced animal-based menu items with plant-based items while educating its community about the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. This gradual change gave them the opportunity to do it well.

“MUSE Virtual School’s Kitchen has just pushed the edge of sustainability even further from vision to reality,” said Michael Oshman, CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association. “I applaud MUSE’s leadership in providing a successful foodservice operation that is in concert with the oft-used word `Sustainability.’”

Virtual Plant-Based Cooking Class

Every week, all students are invited to share a cooking experience with MUSE Virtual Chef, Robin Swallow. She can transform any comfort food into a healthy, plant-based dish that tastes amazing! This experience is not limited to only students — parents and friends can join along as she gives out tips and guides you to create your culinary masterpiece.

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Solar-powered Headquarters.

MUSE Virtual Headquarters boasts beautifully constructed 5 solar Sunflowers that offset daily power usage between 75% and 90%.

“The design was intended to create a functional art piece,” stated James Cameron, Sun Flower Designer and husband of MUSE Founder Suzy Amis Cameron. “The tracking base moves the flower head the way a real flower will grow toward the sun. The MUSE Sunflower project proposes the idea that solar can be a creative, artistic addition to our landscaping.” MUSE students of all grade-levels use the Solar Sun Flowers to explore design, engineering, construction and mathematics.

100% plant-based: One Meal a Day for the Planet

We teach our virtual community the importance of plant-based eating and how swapping one meal a day can have huge environmental impacts — from saving water to cutting carbon emissions. We work towards being a zero-waste community and see the waste we generate as an opportunity for innovation and education.

All students at MUSE Virtual understand and can speak to the OMD! For more information about how you can make a difference by choosing a plant-based meal option once a day, visit One Meal a Day for the Planet.

Earning widespread recognition for sustainability.

The MUSE Virtual commitment to modeling sustainably and promoting a healthy, eco-conscious lifestyle is earning widespread recognition among industry experts and government leaders.

2016 Greenest Restaurant in the World
The MUSE School Kitchen is now a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant® from The Green Restaurant Association. Read the full article here.

2014 The Golden Carrot Award
The Golden Carrot Awards, established in 2004, recognize food service teams doing exceptional work to improve the healthfulness of school lunches. The Physicians Committee looks for programs that encourage students to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and plant-based entrées for improved health and disease prevention.

2014 School Hero to All Award — Animal Hero Kids
The Animal Hero Kids organization’s mission is: Fostering empathy and kindness in children and youth by encouraging and recognizing compassionate and courageous acts that help all species of animals; and offering complimentary, interactive, humane education programs highlighting stories of the rescue and aid of animals in need.

2012 Pavley Environmental Sustainability Award
A monthly award made by Senator Fran Pavley (California’s 23rd Senate District) to people, businesses, or organizations dedicated to preserving the environment by living and working responsibly.

“Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.”

— Alice Waters


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