Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Emory University
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ciannat Howett
Sustainability Initiatives
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Better Life Growers: Local Lettuce Production in Under-served Communities

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:
Emory University was approached by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta about developing a project in a low-income area of Atlanta to create green jobs. Emory identified the need for local, sustainably-grown food to help us achieve our 75% local or sustainable food procurement goal. As a result, Emory and Emory Healthcare signed an MOA to purchase local organic lettuce and herbs from what has become Better Life Growers. Better Life Growers includes a greenhouse, packing facility, and lettuce towers in an area of Atlanta needing low-skill employment opportunities. The project provides stable pay, good working conditions, and green job skills for community residents in need. In turn, it provides Emory and Emory Healthcare with the local and sustainable lettuce and herbs to fulfill our sustainability vision by supporting the health and well-being of the community using our hospital and campus dining facilities.

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

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 programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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