Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.34
Liaison Mary Whitney
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Chatham University
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Whitney
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Aquaculture Lab Rainbow Trout Program

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 Eden Hall Campus Aquaculture lab has developed a fully integrated program surrounding the current group of rainbow trout housed in the facility. This batch of rainbow trout, which are native to the West Coast of the United States, arrived in February 2017. Data is being collected on how fish-related variables (e.g., coloration, taste, texture, size, and growth rate) are affected by environmental variables (e.g., insect-based vs. plant-based fish food, amount fed, and water source). This information will later be applied to fine tune conditions to support native Pennsylvania Brook Trout aquaculture in the Eden Hall lab. As of Spring 2018 the trout have become ready for harvest and the CRAFT program has created a course, which is open to the public, to educate on how to humanely harvest the fish. The trout are also harvested by students every Tuesday and Friday for service in the Eden Hall cafe.

Additionally, in the Fall of 2017 Masters of Sustainability Students were asked to research sustainable options for disposal of the water used in the recirculating aquaculture system. In order to maintain the health of the trout, regular partial water changes are needed once the fish reach maturity to prevent toxicity.


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

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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