Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.85
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2015
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Principia College
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Shelby Tisinai
Land Stewardship Assistant
Biology and Natural Resources
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

Principia College hosts a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) entity - Three Rivers Community Farm - on campus. The CSA leases 12 acres of campus land, and partners with the College in starting seedlings in the college's greenhouse, engaging students in volunteering, internships and seasonal employment, partnering with the college's Land Stewardship Program in land conservation initiatives, and providing seasonal produce to CSA members which include several faculty and staff.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

Principia College has a collaborative partnership with the National Great Rivers Land Trust (NGRLT) in Alton, IL. NGRLT works to restore land to functioning ecosystems and to put that land into conservation easements to protect local watersheds. Principia has placed much of its land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and faculty members work closely with NGRLT (on their Board and otherwise) to manage these lands. The goal of the CRP is to provide agricultural growers with an opportunity to use their land on behalf of long-term stewardship goals.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

Principia faculty co-founded a co-op grocery store that sells sustainably grown food and natural, non-toxic, and recycled products to people living in the Alton, IL area (a urban area designated by USDA as a "food desert"). The co-op grocery store sells locally made/grown products, thereby helping local farmers, artisans, and manufacturers to increase their profits. In addition, the co-op grocery offers workshops on sustainable living, internships to students, and employment to underserved communities. According to the website www.grassrootsgrocery.org, the grocery is "...democratically managed by member-owners store, providing the leadership and support to develop the resiliency and collaborative skills [needed] for a truly inclusive and just community."


A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
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The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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