Her mission to introduce plant-based meals and nutrition to schools began with the local PTA (Parent Teacher Association) nearly two decades ago. Advocating on behalf of children, the environment and the animals, through LGK, Barbara has developed plant-based nutrition and culinary education programs using a multi-cultural approach. The LGK programs include plant-based educational presentations and nutrition resources to school food professionals and students. Barbara studied in theater with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree which has really complimented her abilities in vegan outreach and advocacy with the Lean and Green Kids school programs. Barbara is also a children’s book author, and published Eating Lean and Green with Super Foods to Save the Planet, in 2016, and Jack and the Bean Stew, two years after. In particular, Barbara Cole-Gates’ nutrition book, Eating Lean and Green with Super Foods to Save the Planet, is a useful tool for teachers. It’s great to see Barbara’s and many vegan supporters’ efforts gaining momentum to reach a milestone in California, in a dedicated move towards the compassionate and healthy way of living. We also look forward to seeing broader positive changes for the whole nation, as well as the entire planet in the very near future.