The University of Texas makes half of its meals plant-based

The school partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to increase its plant-based offerings.
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Half of UT Austin's meals served on campus are now plant-based. | Photo: Shutterstock

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has made half of its meals served on campus plant-based.

UT Austin was the first institution to sign the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Forward Food Pledge, which challenges participants to transition at least 33% of their meat-based entrees into plant-based entrees each year through the end of 2027.  

To celebrate the accomplishment, the school hosted a special event at one of its dining halls where guests could speak with HSUS team members and enjoy plant-based tacos and other fare.

“Witnessing students' positive reactions to the plant-based taco sampling at the event was incredibly gratifying; it reinforced our commitment to continuing to expand our plant-based offerings,” said Cecilia Raatz, sustainability coordinator for UT Austin’s Housing and Dining department, in a statement.

The school is one of many that has worked with HSUS to increase plant-based offerings on campus. UC Berkely recently partnered with the organization to reach its goal of having at least 50% of the entrees served in its dining commons be plant-based by 2027.

In addition, EliorAramarkSodexo and Whitsons Culinary Group have all partnered with HSUS to expand their plant-based options. 



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