Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.41
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Denison University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Newark Canal Market District & Enterprise Hub
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
In 2014 the Evans Foundation in the city of Newark, Ohio (5 miles from Denison) announced a new initiative to build a new covered outdoor Farmers' Market and develop an adjacent building to serve as a food processing hub for local farmers. Denison, as well as, its dining provider Bon Appetit, have partnered with the Evans Foundation, the City of Newark, and Licking Memorial Hospital on the project, contributing financially to a feasibility study. In addition, our Environmental Studies Program has focused three consecutive semesters of its Junior Practicum class to the Canal Market District. In the first semester, the class did a complete environmental assessment for the building that is going to serve as the processing hub. This building last housed the Licking County Food Pantry. The class produced a report at the end that outlined cost-benefits of installing green features and making updates to the existing structure. In the second semester, the Junior Practicum class conducted focus group sessions with residents of Newark - especially those in low-income areas adjacent to the planned Market District development. These provided valuable information to the Canal Market District Board and Executive Director about how to market the whole concept to the community and how to ensure people attend the market. It also led to the implementation of EBT machines at the market (the first in the county) that will allow people to use SNAP and Food Stamp benefits at the market. The final semester of the Junior Practicum class focused on developing baseline data for the community. Working with a rural sociologist, the class recognized an opportunity to create the baseline of community data that will allow for future study of the market and food hub's impacts on both the people and the economy. It also will provide valuable data for future grant and funding proposals for the market. Denison's Sustainability Coordinator serves on the Board of the Canal Market District and Enterprise Hub as a representative for the college. http://denison.edu/academics/environmental-studies/whats-happening/du-students-help-in-city-planning
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A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement Yes
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Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services Yes
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Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
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Health, Wellbeing & Work No
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Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Sustainable Community Development
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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