A groundbreaking summit dedicated to the sustainability of school meals took place in Hong Kong, led by school students and The Alliance for Sustainable Schools (TASS).
The event, which coincided with Earth Day, was organized by Drop In The Ocean (DITO), a student environmental group at Chinese International School, TASS, and Grassroots Initiatives, a consultancy focused on sustainable food. The Sustainable School Food Summit was the first of its kind.
Bringing sustainability to schools
More than 100 students, teachers, and sustainability practitioners from 20 schools in Hong Kong convened at the summit, discussing sustainability challenges related to school meals. The objective was to devise long-term, effective strategies to facilitate change within schools, covering topics such as sustainable seafood, the EAT-Lancet planetary health diet, plastic packaging, and food waste.
"The chefs worked to ensure their dishes met a litany of criteria: they had to be tasty with a low-carbon footprint, cost less than 13 HKD per serve, be nutritionally balanced, ethically sourced, and contain local and regenerative ingredients where possible. They also had to appeal to students – perhaps the toughest audience of all…and incredibly they all did!” said Sonalie Figueiras, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Green Queen Media and keynote speaker of the summit.