Cool Food Pledge

Virtual cohort group


Over forty Practice Greenhealth partners have committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from food through plant-forward action. This cohort includes a mixture of levels of experience in executing plant-forward concepts which creates a good opportunity for peer-to-peer learning. Members will have the opportunity to share marketing and menuing strategies as well as data collection methodologies. 

Target audience: Personnel responsible for implementing the Cool Food Pledge  
Level: Intermediate to advanced

John Stoddard Facilitator:
John Stoddard


“We earned $49,774 more on our fresh mushroom blended burger compared to our original burger by marketing it simply as a “better burger.” We also reduced our CO2 emissions and made our customers happy.” – Dan Henroid, University of California San Francisco Medical Center 

There are more than forty Cool Food Pledge signatories from across the country. Below are some of the facilities represented in the cohort:

  • Bayshore Medical Center
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital 
  • Butterworth Hospital  
  • Carrier Clinic
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Hackensack Meridian Health 
  • Hackensack University Medical Center (Adult and Children’s)
  • Jack D. Weiler Hospital (Einstein) 
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Adult and children’s)
  • JFK Medical Center 
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Montefiore Wakefield Hospital    
  • Montefiore Hospital Moses Campus  
  • Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital   
  • Mountainside Medical Center
  • Ocean Medical Center
  • Overlook Hospital 
  • Palisades Medical Center
  • Pascack Valley Medical Center 
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
  • Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
  • Providence Medford Medical Center
  • Providence Milwaukie Hospital
  • Providence Newberg Medical Center
  • Providence Portland Medical Center
  • Providence Seaside Hospital
  • Providence St Vincent Medical Center
  • Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center Perth Amboy
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center Old Bridge
  • Riverview Medical Center
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Southern Ocean Medical Center
  • University of California Health Davis
  • University of California Health Irvine
  • University of California Health Los Angeles
  • University of California Health San Diego
  • University of California Health San Francisco
  • UPMCMagee-Women's Hospital
  • UW Health: American Family Children’s Hospital,
  • UW Health: The American Center Hospital.
  • UW Health: University Hospital
  • Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle  Medical Center


2022 Schedule

March 1, 2022 4:00 PM EST

Topic: Cool Food data collection best practices 

Discussion questions:

  1. What are your main challenges in collecting data and how have you addressed them?
  2. What processes does your hospital have in place for collecting Cool Food data efficiently? 
  3. How do you engage your suppliers in providing the data?
May 24, 2022 4:00 PM EST 

Topic: Plant-forward recipes and concepts 

Discussion questions:

  1. How do you create plant-forward dishes? Do you create twists on traditional or comfort foods or aim to create something entirely new?
  2. What stations or menu concepts work well with plant-forward dishes? 
  3. What resources are most valuable for creating plant-forward menus?
August 16, 2022 4:00 PM EST 

Topic:  Plant-forward marketing strategies  

Discussion questions:

  1. What strategies do you use to market plant-forward dishes so that they sell and are successful menu items? 
  2. How do you address the tension between communicating that a dish is vegan/vegetarian without turning off consumers that would not normally select such dishes? 
  3. What strategies do you use to make a plant-forward dish sound appealing to a consumer?
November 15, 2022 4:00 PM EST

Topic: Goal-setting for GHG reduction and how to use the Cool Food calculator 

Discussion questions:

  1. How have your Cool Food reports informed internal target or goal setting? 
  2. How has the Cool Food calculator helped your hospital understand its progress and to set goals and targets?


Ready to get started? Register today.

Sessions take place on a recurring basis using Zoom as the meeting platform. To join this cohort or any of the other cohorts, please register today. If you have discussion topic ideas or want to invite a peer, please contact the cohort facilitator. 

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