Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.20
Liaison David Heithaus
Submission Date Jan. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Kenyon College
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 David Heithaus
Director of Green Initiatives
Provost
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Kokosing Nature Preserve

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 Kokosing Nature Preserve is Kenyon's newest "Green Center". It is a conservation burial ground located adjacent to the main campus. A project of the Philander Chase Conservancy, Kenyon College’s land trust, the preserve offers a natural burial option on twenty-three acres of restored prairies and woodlands. Additionally, it's grasslands and wetlands serve as living laboratories for natural science studies while the concept itself is investigated by classes ranging from Religious Studies to Women and Gender Studies. The preserve is also open to the public as a place to hike, reflect and relax. In terms of innovation, the KNP (we believe the only college-affiliated green-burial cemetery in the US) is worthy of mention. It provides a carbon-sequestering habitat restoration, a traditional end-of life experience for anyone interested (not just Kenyon-affiliated people), and opportunities for research, scholarship and recreation.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Research
Public Engagement
Grounds

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 :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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