Local Policy Toolkit
Reducing the consumption of meat would help to improve public health and reduce harms to animals and the environment. Cities—and other forms of local government, such as counties—are well-placed to facilitate the transition toward plant-forward diets. Indeed, they are fertile grounds for progressive policies, and some cities already have implemented innovative policies to reduce meat consumption.
The Guarini Center worked with NYU’s Center for Environmental and Animal Protection to develop a toolkit for local policymakers that identifies policies that cities are already using to reduce meat consumption, as well as novel policies that they could use to further their efforts. The toolkit also explores common constraints that city lawmakers face in making policy as well as some of the key areas of flexibility.
AUTHORS: Katrina Wyman & Jeff Sebo
GUEST SPEAKER: Jeff Sebo
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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