USA – US plant-based meat producer, Beyond Meat has announced that it is collaborating with EVERFI, a leading digital education innovator, to create a science-based course on sustainability.

According to the company, the course available in October throughout the 2020-2021 school year, will be offered at no cost to students, teachers and parents across the country.

The course, designed for fifth through eighth graders, is grounded in real-world experiences and covers topics on global resource constraints, the importance of biodiversity, climate change and how to innovate for a healthy life.

Beyond Meat feels strongly that to bring lasting change to our communities, all students should have access to education on future-defining topics like sustainability.

“To develop the course, we worked with EVERFI, a leading digital education innovator to ensure it not only met common core curriculum criteria, but also resonated with the education community,” stated Beyond Meat.

As part of the process, EVERFI surveyed a group of teachers and nearly all (98%) were very or extremely interested in a course on environment and sustainability, specifically with a focus on individual responsibility, 21st century skills and social impacts.

On the heels of introducing its “What If We All Go Beyond” campaign, this course is another way that Beyond Meat is committed to creating a brighter future, by showing the next generation first-hand how their choices, each and every day, can make a big impact on themselves, their communities and the planet.

“Health and sustainability are core to our mission at Beyond Meat, so we’re thrilled to partner with EVERFI to bring this digital course to students across the U.S.,” said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat Founder & CEO.

“We see food as a vehicle for change; this course being an important part of that commitment, helping students to learn more about the role of diet in health and sustainability,” he added

“Helping children understand the importance of sustainability is critically important,” said Tom Davidson, Founder and CEO, EVERFI.

“Beyond Meat is both a leader and innovator so it makes perfect sense that they would make a similar commitment to children by helping them understand the key factors related to sustainability.

“With this education, children will gain more clarity around the impact of their choices and may be inspired to make changes to some of their daily routines.”

To accommodate the new landscape of virtual and at-home learning, students will be able to work with their teachers and schools to access the course online while learning from home.

Throughout the year, Beyond Meat also plans to engage students across the country through activities and initiatives aimed at reinforcing and enhancing the curriculum.

Since its founding, EVERFI digital learning has reached more than 41 million learners across the K-12, higher education, and adult markets with more than 250 digital education courses on social issues.

The company relies on the support of private entities, like Beyond Meat, to fund the creation of new digital curricula, provide teachers nationwide with professional development on these critical areas and make significant investments in research and development.

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