Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 34.50
Liaison Susan Kaspari
Submission Date July 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Central Washington University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kate Doughty
Farm and Sustainability Manager
Auxiliary Enterprises
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Wildcat Neighborhood Farm

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:

While CWU is located in an agricultural town, small-scale farms or sustainable practices are not always highlighted. The Wildcat Neighborhood Farm shows students how to grow food, provides an outdoor laboratory for them to apply their studies (soil surveying, horticulture, etc.), and will bring food grown on campus to the university dining facilities. There is also a composting program in the works, slated to begin 2020, where food waste from dining services will be diverted from the landfill and recycled on campus as compost. There is not large-scale food waste composting operation in the whole of Kittitas County. This program would be a leader in the efforts to lower our collective footprint. This project has the potential to connect students with new ways of thinking, new career paths, and community connections. The goal is to eventually bring in community groups for workshops or tours as well. We hope this site becomes a center for sustainability in our community.

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

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:

Spring-summer 2019 is the first season for the farm. Much of the work is still to come, but a sustainability project of the scope has not been done on campus before.

It also relates to more than three of the impact areas listed above. It includes research, campus engagement, public engagement, waste, wellbeing, and food and dining. The project covers a number of areas and has the potential to engage folks from across campus.

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