Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.27
Liaison Carolyn Shafer
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Pratt Institute
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Carolyn Shafer
Director
Center for Sustainable Design Strategies
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
GiveTake expansion to Brooklyn Navy Yard

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:
One of our many initiatives at Pratt is the GIVETAKE program. The GiveTake is an art-supply reuse initiative that was launched at Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus in 2016. Pratt community members GIVE unwanted art-making materials which are sorted and added to our free store so that students may TAKE these materials, free of charge, to be used in their projects.

For the past 6 years, we have collected and donated over 35 TONS of materials to students. This has been a key waste diversion strategy on campus and has also saved students hundreds of thousands of Dollars.

With the opening of the Pratt Research Yard in 2023, we have expanded the GIVETAKE initiative to both support the making and production that will happen in the Pratt Research Yard as well as expanding our materials collection program to the whole of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We are starting to collect off-cuts and scrap material from Navy Yard businesses that have production facilities here and bring them back to Pratt for students to have access to.

Our latest partnership is with an upholstery company called StitchRoom located in building 303. They have been saving their unused foam and upholstery materials rather than throwing them away. Each month, we pick up 3 huge bags of their scrap materials and hotel them here at the Pratt Research Yard prior to and bring them back to campus. These are incredibly high quality materials that would normally end up in landfill, but are now serving Pratt Students. We have 5 other companies in the pipeline to join GiveTake.

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