Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.16
Liaison Matthew Liesch
Submission Date May 13, 2024

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Tiffany Jurge
Coordinator
Central Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Ethnobotanical Garden with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

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:
As described in EN-10, Central Michigan University has the unique opportunity to partner with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe (SCIT) on various projects. One of these is a campus ethnobotanical garden which began in Spring 2023. This was accomplished collaboration with staff and students from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.

This academic year, a team of students, staff, and faculty from CMU partnered with students, staff, and faculty from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) in order to reimplement the garden on campus. For the third year, the team will be planting a Three Sisters Garden, representative of the history and culture of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.


The collaboration between CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe on the campus ethnobotanical garden project is unique and innovative for its cultural representation, interdisciplinary engagement, and long-term partnership. By planting a Three Sisters Garden, the project honors indigenous traditions and fosters cross-cultural understanding. It brings together students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, nurturing relationships and shared goals over multiple years. This sustained partnership promotes both sustainable collaboration and community engagement while facilitating educational and cultural exchange opportunities. Overall, the project serves as a model for meaningful engagement with indigenous communities and the integration of indigenous knowledge into academic and sustainability initiatives.

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