Mario Batali's Meatless Monday, Lauren Bacall's Student Aid, and More

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If you think coming up with one meatless meal each Monday is hard enough for your family, then imagine what Mario Batali's up against: the celebrity chef (and Gwyneth Paltrow travel partner) has decided put at least two vegetarian dishes on the menu at each of his 14 restaurants every Monday."Asking everyone to go vegetarian or vegan isn't a realistic or attainable goal," says the chef. "But we can focus on a more plant-based diet, and support the farmers who raise their animals humanely and sustainably. That's why I'm such a big believer in the Meatless Monday movement." At eateries across the country, from New York's The Spotted Pig to Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, look for veggie meals that include pizza with smoked mozzarella, roasted eggplant, yellow squash, and zucchini; beet salad with salted honey almond granola and pea tendrils; and pasta pockets filled with peas--and check out more dishes from Batali's Director of Food Safety and Sustainability, Elizabeth Meltz, at the Huffington Post. (Via The Huffington Post)

Edward Norton Puts the Fun in Fundraising

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Inspired by the success of his fundraising campaign for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Edward Norton this week launched Crowdrise, a social fundraising site that helps individuals raise money for their favorite charities. The site makes it easy to create your own project page, where you can bring in support from friends and family for that marathon you're running, the shelter where you're volunteering on Saturdays, or the school you're supporting. "A lot of people in this country volunteer their time and their energies to good causes," Norton said in a press release. "We really like the idea that if you can ask your friends to sponsor you when you run a marathon, then you ought to ask them to sponsor you when you volunteer." And while national non-profits--from Oceana to the Alzheimer's Assocation--have already joined the site, celebrities are also using it to promote their favorite efforts: Seth Rogan, Kristen Bell, Paul Rudd, and Will Ferrell--among others--have their own pages, too.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Rock Out for Jane Goodall

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When Jane Goodall celebrates the 50th anniversary of her first trip to Tanzania's Gombe National Park with the Gombe: 50 event this month, she'll have two famous musical supporters tuning up for a Washington, D.C. concert: guitarists Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. General admission tickets for the May 20 show sold out in minutes, but Goodall (and Matthews) fans can still shell out for the $1,250 VIP package, which includes a pre-concert reception where you'll meet the scientist and the musicians, a book autographed by Goodall, and up-front seating. Can't make it? Catch the Dave Matthews Band on tour, where their partnership with the Green Music Group means they encourage recycling and purchase carbon offsets as part of their environmental efforts.

Lauren Bacall's Student Counsel

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Real estate is always at a premium in New York City, so enterprising parents and teachers are taking to the rooftops of the city's public schools for The Greenhouse Project, where they create greenhouses that allow students to grow their own food. And they have one A-List grandmother on their side: Lauren Bacall, whose daughter-in-law, Sidsel Robards, is half of the duo that started The Greenhouse Project. A joint restaurant tasting this week with Wellness in the Schools, a non-profit that encourages healthy meals, brought more than 550 supporters together, raising more than $155,000. "To have children at an early age involved in projects like this is extraordinary because it's fun for them," Bacall told Tonic. "I think it gives them a sense of making a contribution and being part of something that's new...something that they can understand, which is three-quarters of the problem because nobody understands anything these days. I think the little ones will have to show us the way, much more than the--what is laughingly known as the grown-ups."(Via Tonic)

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