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A2ZERO Plant-​Based Challenge
September 11th - 17th, 2022

Welcome

​Do you want to learn more about plant-based eating and the health and sustainability benefits of eating a plant-forward diet? Join the A2ZERO Plant-Based Challenge - hosted by the Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations, A2ZERO Ambassadors, and non-profit VegMichigan​ - by pledging to reduce your consumption of animal-based food products for the week! You’ll get daily emails with tips, tricks, and recipes; you'll be able to join us for an in-person kick-off event, a plant-based pizza party, and a series of virtual webinars and cooking demonstrations; you can sign up for a reusable grocery bag full of plant-based foods to use in your own kitchen; and, if you successfu​lly complete a "bean-go" card, you'll be entered into a drawing for local and delicious prizes!

Why Plant-Based?

Reduc​ing your consumption of animal-based food products and consuming more plant-based foods can provide many health benefits - and contrary to many misconceptions, a properly balanced plant-based diet can provide all of the nutrients your body needs! In addition, reducing consumption of animal-based food products is a great way to reduce your personal impact on our environment and lead a more sustainable lifestyle! Interested in learning more about these topics? Join us at our informational webinars throughout the week of the challenge, or check out VegMichigan's resource guide!

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​​Sign Up​​ No​w!

​If you are interested in participating in the A2ZERO Plant-Based Challenge, please use the form below to subscribe to the Challenge email list. Once you subscribe, you will receive an email with a link to the pre-challenge survey, where you can ​RSVP for our in-person events and let us know where you're at in your plant-based journey.​ Haven't received the email with the pre-challenge survey? Take it here​!

 

 
​​Challenge Sched​​ule

Sunday, September 11th, 10:00am-12:00pm: ​Join us at Cobblestone Farm (2781 Packard St.) for the A2ZERO Plant-Based Challenge kick-off event! During the event, you'll hear from our A2ZERO Ambassadors, the Office of Sustainability and Innovations, VegMichigan, and a guest speaker about the benefits of plant-forward diets and about the exciting events coming up during the week. We'll also have plant-based brunch items from local restaurants, games and activities, and music! This event will also be a distribution event for VegMichigan's 30-Day Pledge bags. Please RSVP for this event by filling out the pre-challenge survey.

Monday, September 12th, 7:00-8:00pm: ​Join VegMichigan and the A2ZERO Ambassadors for a virtual cooking demonstration by Michele Gallo and chef ​Vicki Brett-Gach​​ from ​Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen​! ​Meals cooked during this demonstration will include quinoa soup, ratatouille, and blueberry and peach​ crumble! You can find the recipes for the night's meals here​​​. Register for this Zoom event here​.

​​Tuesday, September 13th, 7:00-8:00pm: Join OSI, the A2ZERO Ambassadors, and a panel of local r​estaurant owners to learn about how their restaurants are incorporating plant-based meals into their menus, where they get their ingredients, other sustainability efforts they're undertaking, and more! More details coming soon. Register for this Zoom webinar here.

Wednesday, September 14th, 7:00-8:30pm: ​Join OSI, the A2ZERO Ambassadors, and local medical practicioners for a webinar on ​the health benefits and nutritional value of plant-based diets. More details coming soon. Register for this Zoom webinar here​​.

Thursday, September 15th, 7:00-8:00pm: ​​Join OSI and the A2ZERO Ambassadors for a webinar on the affordability of eating plant-based. More details coming soon. Register for this Zoom webinar here.

Friday, September 16th, 6:00-7:30pm: ​Join OSI, the A2ZERO Ambassadors, and VegMichigan at the Maas Shelter in Gallup Park ​(3175 Gallup Park Rd.) for a plant-based pizza party catered by Cottage Inn. Come for the pizza and stay for the games, activities, and music! This event will also be a distribution event for VegMichigan's 30-Day Pledge bags. Please RSVP for this event by filling out the pre-challenge survey​.

Saturday, September 17th, 1:00-3:00pm: ​​​Join VegMichigan at the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library (343 S. 5th Ave.) for the week's closing event​​, Your Plate and the Planet​, featuring speaker Amanda Sweetman, Regional Director of Farming and Healthy Lifestyles​ for Trinity Michigan! Amanda will discuss the sustainability benefits of plant-based foods, eating locally, the benefits of gardening, and other related topics. Following the presentation there will be a Q&A session, as well as ​a discussion of how to add more plant-based meals into your routine as you finish up you plant-based week. This event will also be a distribution event for VegMichigan's 30-Day Pledge bags. Please RSVP for this event by emailing Olivia at [email protected].​​

Le​t's Get Cooking - Sign Up for a Pledge Bag

Interested in receiving a reusable grocery bag of plant-based foods to use in your own kitchen? Sign up for VegMichigan's 30-Day Pledge and select a pick-up location here​. Pick-up locations and times include: 10:00am-12:00pm at Cobblestone Farm (2781 Packard St.) on Sunday, September 11th; 6:00-7:30pm at the Maas Shelter in Gallup Park (3175 Gallup Park Rd.) on Friday, September 16th; and 1:00-3:00pm at the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library (343 S. 5th Ave.) on Saturday, September 17th. Looking for recipes? Check out VegMichigan's recipe playlist​ on YouTube, or ​find plenty of mouthwatering options on their recipes blog​!

​​"Bean-Go" Cards​

Throughout the week, challenge yourself to get more involved in a plant-based diet by completing activities on one of our "bean-go" cards! Fill out a card by completing the listed activities, and then re​turn the card to us at [email protected]​​ by 5pm on September 19th ​to be entered into a drawing for prizes such as gift cards to local restaurants! Each complete "bean-go" (a line of five completed squares in any direction) earns you one entry into a prize raffle, and a fully completed card earns you ten entries! There are three different difficulty levels of cards, each with activities aimed to engage folks at different stages in their plant-based eating journeys - so download your card of choice below and get cooking (or eating, or learning, or...)!

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                       Beango Card - Beginner                                          Beango Card - Intermediate                                          Beango Card - Advanced

Quest​io​ns? Email us at plantbasedchal​[email protected].