Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Pacific University
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Library Reflective Garden

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:

We have installed a native plants reflective garden on campus to encourage meditation and health. Aside from the health aspects of a reflective garden space, we want to highlight the biomass recycling aspect. Rather than blowing the bark chip mulch on an annual basis, we intend to use some of the leaves and grass clippings that are generated during the routine maintenance of the campus grounds.

Part of the project was to gain approval for a variety of plants that can be used in these projects. In addition to aesthetics, these plants were chosen for their edible landscaping, insectary, xeriscape, and medicinal values. The dream vision is to spread this kind of landscaping across the campus as a kind of learning environment in relation to sustainability concepts.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement
Wellbeing & Work

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:

While the initial idea of the garden began with one faculty member in 2009, no funding or implementation of the project began before the submission of the April 2016 proposal, attached as evidence. The 2009 'idea' is mentioned on the private web page of the faculty member, the proposal was received by Pacific in 2016, and we began planting in 2017/2018.

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