Updated September 17, 2019. The MUSE school, a private K-12 school with a mission of sustainability, is expanding. Its first franchised school has opened in San Francisco.
The Calabasas, California-based school was founded in 2005 by environmentalist Suzy Amis Cameron, her husband filmmaker James Cameron, and her sister Rebecca Amis.
Though MUSE now serves grades K-12 a vegan school lunch, it wasn’t always this way — it officially adopted a plant-based menu in 2015, motivated by James’s and Suzy’s commitments to protecting the planet from climate change. Its kitchen — which is 100 percent solar-powered — has also received a four-star “Green Restaurant” certification from the Green Restaurant Association.
According to the MUSE Global website, “MUSE Global will embody everything that the original MUSE School CA has to offer. And here’s what we want: we want like-minded people who want to join the MUSE Schools’ bandwagon to inspire and prepare people to live consciously with themselves, one another and the planet.”
“Through our expansion efforts and with science and success backing us, MUSE Global will allow their vision to positively impact people all over the world,” the site continues.
The new San Francisco location is owned by Goly Casey and John Casey.
“We are thrilled to welcome Goly and John Casey to the MUSE family,” said Rebecca Amis, Co-Founder and President of MUSE Global. “Their commitment to fostering environmentally and socially conscious youth, paired with a proximity to one of the most forward-thinking cities in the world, make them ideal owners of the first MUSE Global School franchise.”
“The greatest thing is the open-mindedness of those areas,” Amis told the San Francisco Business Times. “What I think is going to happen is when we open new schools, they are going to fill up very quickly.”
Sustainability and Social Responsibility
In addition to serving vegan school lunch from its green kitchen, MUSE incorporates lessons focused on sustainability and social responsibility at all grade levels. Its Seed-to-Table program teaches students how to grow food and learn about the connection between what we eat, our health, and the environment.
Further, the Outdoor Education program helps foster respect for the planet and encourages team building skills. Its Human Rights program presents students with a historical perspective of human rights and teaches them how to research and process current social justice issues, and how to be advocates and activists for other human beings.
The MUSE school is now open to both international and domestic franchising. To learn more, visit the official website.