Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.93
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2013
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Iowa State University
ER-T2-5: Sustainable Enterprise

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Merry Rankin
ISU Director of Sustainability
Facilities Planning & Management
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Does the institution have a student-run enterprise, such as a cafe, through which students gain sustainable business skills?:

A brief description of the enterprise:

Iowa State has two student organizations that run an enterprise, which are Students Helping Our Peers (SHOP) and Student Organic Farm. The SHOP was created by ISU students looking to give back to campus. Their mission is to help ISU students in need of food assistance, making it a peer-to-peer organization. Located on campus, the SHOP has regularly scheduled hours when volunteers distribute food that is obtained through donations. The service is available to all students, who receive food without record, allowing customers to maintain anonymity. ISU’s other student-run enterprise also deals with sustainable food. The ISU Student Organic Farm (SOF) has been on campus since 1996, and students have since managed all aspects of the farm, including planning, sales, writing grants, managing money, stocking supplies, building structures, and growing crops. Products have been sold at the Ames Farmer’s Market, donated to shelters and food banks in Ames, and have been sold to ISU Dining through their Farm to ISU program. Part of SOF’s business model encourages new students to share their skills and time with the farm and, although they have a wide variety of crops, SOF is always willing to try growing new crops, while maintaining production goals and organic farming methods.
Student Organic Farm: http://isustudentorganicfarm.weebly.com/

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2014

The website URL where information about the sustainable enterprise is available:

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