Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Lafayette College
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Kendall Roberson
Sustainability Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
LaSeed 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:

In the Spring of 2017, LaFarm and Skillman Library partnered to start the LaSeed Library. LaFarm purchases bulk organic seed to grow food for campus dining halls. It often has surplus seeds at the end of the growing season and was interested in
organizing and creating a resource for campus and community members interested in gardening. After designing eye-catching seed packets, we decided to
start out with fourteen seed varieties that would be easy to grow and that appeal to students who could grow them in their dorm rooms. We had a soft launch during
Family Weekend at the start of the year where we gave away seeds and provided a ‘make and take’ basil planting project. This was followed by a garlic planting event before Thanksgiving. The reception so far has been very positive from faculty, staff and students. Seeds from the LaSeed Library are available at the circulation desk and do not need to be returned. Individuals simply choose which variety they want and then they will receive basic planting instructions.
The LaSeed Library will also be accessible to the whole community, not just the Lafayette community, so we can support community gardeners and gardens. We also aim to educate members about seed saving in hopes that we will be able to develop a bank of seeds from community-contributors and distributors alike. The mission of the LaSeed Library is to increase food security and food justice and to educate and empower community members with knowledge about seed saving and
gardening, while creating a collection of the best possible seeds for our
community.


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

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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