Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.78
Liaison Amber Saxton
Submission Date Sept. 9, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

George Mason University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Danielle Wyman
Outreach and Community Engagement Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

The Permaculture Design Certification course is the first of its kind to be offered at Mason. This is a 72-hour certification course led by Wayne Weiseman of the Permacultre Project, LLC. This course covers subjects like agroecology, ecology, plant biology, animal husbandry, environmental conservation, food production, natural building, sustainable resource collection and use, renewable energy, and many more. This course was a result of identifying and responding to a market need and gap in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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

The Permaculture Design Certification course has nearly doubled since its first year in 2012 with 37 participants ranging in background from federal to private industry, to students, to retirees, to state employees. The positive impact of this program thus far has already taken shape both on Mason’s campus and around the region.

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 No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
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:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Data is for FY14

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