Climate-Friendly Diets: How Cities Can Cut Emissions and Improve Public Health

In the United States, city governments have been among the most vocal actors in pledging climate action. Yet, in both their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and their climate action plans, cities are often leaving out a significant piece of their own climate footprint—the GHG emissions embodied in the meat and dairy products consumed in cities. This paper explores city-level policy options and programs in three categories—informational policies, procurement policies, and economic incentives—by looking at existing examples in U.S. cities and discussing potential opportunities for and challenges to implementing each.

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