Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Gettysburg College
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Jeff Rioux
Director
Center for Public Service
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
New Student Initiatives/Outreach at Campus Painted Turtle Farm

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:

Student initiatives at Painted Turtle Farm
The Painted Turtle Farm was started as a student senior project many years ago. While a campus farm in itself is not necessarily innovative, the farm continues to be a place where students initiate new ideas related to sustainability. Two examples of projects initiated by students in the last two years are the Three Sisters Garden and the Pollinator Garden. The Three Sisters Garden, modeled after indigenous practices that are centuries old, was established to honor indigenous wisdom around sustainable practices and to connect with our college’s Land Acknowledgement Statement. The Pollinator Garden was stated by a student (Grace Verbrugge) who came to the college with a great interest in pollinators, and on a tour of the farm said, “I can help your farm by establishing a pollinator garden.” Working with the College Advancement office, Grace raised over $1500 towards the project. Grace also worked with faculty member Betty Ferster to grow native pollinators in the campus greenhouse to establish the garden. The garden now exists, with signage to educate students and the public about the importance of pollinators, and a bench honoring Grace’s grandfather who attended Gettysburg College many years ago.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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