We are thrilled to feature the founder and president of "Lean and Green Kids," Ms. Barbara Cole-Gates based in California, USA. In 2003, she led a California coalition to successfully pass the first-ever school lunch resolution (ACR 16, CA 2003) calling for daily plant-based vegetarian school lunches and nutrition education and has been part of the much-needed cultural shift to swap animal protein for bean protein. She founded Lean and Green Kids (LGK) in 2009, to further the goals of the resolution. Through fun, interesting and inspiring hands-on activities, Barbara brings the concept of eco-systems, compassion for animals, plant-based nutrition, and environmental awareness to children from a very young age. Barbara Cole-Gates encourages children to get involved during the food preparation part of her school presentations, for kids to explore with their hands, using their senses of smell and touch, and of course, they always love to eat their own created meals. Supreme Master Ching Hai: "Joyfully present Barbara Cole-Gates the Shining World Compassion Award for her noble and diligent efforts to promote plant-based meals and nutrition education in schools. May Heavens continue to shine on you and all involved."