Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.65
Liaison Jennifer Sanchez
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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California State University, Bakersfield
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Evelyn Young Spath, Ed.D.
Chief of Staff to the President
Office of the President
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Edible Garden Community

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The CSUB Edible Garden is a learning community within the General Education curriculum. The themes-based GE embeds sustainability into its inter-disciplinary curriculum. which every CSUB student takes, regardless of major. The GE themes are: Q - Quality of Life; R - Revolutionary Ideas and Innovations; and S - Sustainability and Justice. Each theme must have a learning community. The edible garden fits into each of the three themes.

The CSUB Edible Garden has received the service of about 200 student, staff, faculty, and community volunteers and has had hundreds more provide contact information to volunteer with the garden.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Food & Dining
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:


The development of the edible garden has engaged students in the Environmental Resource Management program, the MBA program, and the engineering program.

ERM assisted in conducted the walk-through interactive charrette for the garden.

MBA students wrote the business plan and have secured in-kind support.

As a senior capstone project with Prof. Yiannis Ampatzidis, agricultural engineering students have developed an automated watering control system that can be operated from a cell phone.

The garden was key in the adoption of the Sustainability and Justice theme for the university's newly overhauled General Education program.


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