Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.57
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Cristina Padilla
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
IUPUI University Library Launches Seed Library

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 IUPUI University Library (UL) Green Team led the development, funding and launch of a Seed Library - a new program allowing library patrons to "check out" seeds for their personal use. In the spring of 2019, the UL Green Team successfully applied and received funding from a Greening IUPUI Grant to launch the Seed Library Program. The library debuted the seed library June 17, 2019 to an enthusiastic reception, with dozens of patrons taking advantage of free seed packets in the first few days. The initial launch made available seven, easy to grow non-GMO herb seed varieties: Bouquet dill, broadleaf sage, common chives, Emily basil, Giant of Italy parsley, Rosy rosemary or vulgare oregano. "We want students to not only check out these seeds as an exploratory venture," explained Paul Moffett, access services librarian. "We want them to also learn about the process of growing plants, explore cooking with these things or just expose themselves to different tastes." The program continued to grow into 2020, with the addition of Sunflowers, Cilantro, Tomatoes, Hot peppers, and Milkweed. Additionally, the University Library now offers mail delivery of seeds, as a means of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. News coverage of the Seed Library: https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/06/iupui/inside/21-university-library-offers-free-herb-seeds-to-patrons.html

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:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/06/iupui/inside/21-university-library-offers-free-herb-seeds-to-patrons.html

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