Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.24
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Dickinson College
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
LOCALTUNITY: Building Community at Dickinson

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

LOCALTUNITY originally launched in May 2014 and aims to build community around local food and farming. LOCALTUNITY- We Buy: You Eat was quickly absorbed by the Dickinson culture and is growing rapidly. This local/community opportunity allows groups of three or more Dickinson employees and/or students to visit and shop at our community Farmers on the Square (FOTS) Market (Carlisle, PA) for fresh foods grown by local farmers.

With Dickinson funding, LOCALTUNITY participants receive one $5 wooden token per person to use at the market. Groups of Dickinsonians can double the fun of LOCALTUNITY by additionally agreeing to cook a meal together with their Farmers on the Square purchases. Groups that agree to cook together and send a photo to sustainability@dickinson.edu or use #dsonlocaltunity will receive $10 each to the market.

The innovative program is a win-win for Dickinson sponsors and the Farmers on the Square Market. More Dickinsonians are attending the market (within walking distance of campus), supporting the local economy, eating healthy, local foods, cooking meals together, and spending time together building community between faculty, staff, and students.

The program was quickly supported by campus co-sponsors that include: The Center for Sustainability Education, Department of Human Resources, Office of Student Development, Wellness Center, and Farmers on the Square.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

LOCALTUNITY was received with great success amongst students, faculty, and staff at Dickinson with over 310 unique Dickinsonians (20 faculty, 26 staff, and 265 students) participating in about 8 actual days of programming (market is only 1 day/week; we ran the program for 8 weeks). During the 8 market days, over 100 groups of three more went to the market together and 55 groups prepared and ate a meal together after their Farmers on the Square Market adventure.

The program had a direct $3,000 financial impact on the Farmers on the Square Market, with unmeasurable financial impacts beyond that. Vendors noted that LOCALTUNITY participants spent much more than $5-$10 tokens they were given.

The success was so rapid and productive that we are currently in conversation with the market's board of directors and community leaders from other organizations and employers to replicate the LOCALTUNITY model throughout the Greater Carlisle area.

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 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Community, local foods, local economy

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

LOCALTUNITY is a Dickinson College initiative for all students, faculty, and staff aimed to build community, support the local economy, and encourage participants to buy and eat healthy local food together. The program utilizes multiple department co-sponsors to support a community sustainability initiative in partnership with our local farmers' market. Dickinson is currently working to expand the LOCALTUNITY model to other organizations and businesses in the Greater Carlisle area.

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