Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.78
Liaison Amber Saxton
Submission Date Sept. 1, 2017
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STARS v2.1

George Mason University
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Liang
Sustainability Analyst
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
President's Park Greenhouse

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 President's Park Greenhouse (PPG) is an innovative partnership between the Office of Sustainability, Mason Dining, and academic units. The PPG relies on hydroponics, a technique that combines a soil-less medium with nutrient-infused water to provide nourishment to growing plants. It also relies on student assistance--and there have been hundreds so far. Students experience a transformative, experiential learning opportunity through credit internships, service learning, volunteerism, and educational tours. The PPG produces close to two thousand pounds of fresh produce and microgreens annually. All the produce is sold to dining services on campus, thus reducing the number of food miles as well as raising student awareness of local campus-grown foods.

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

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:

Data is for FY17

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