Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 32.70
Liaison Carl Powell
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Ringling College of Art and Design
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Tammy Walsh
Dean of Students
Student Life
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Orange Blossom Community Garden

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

"Ringling College has been growing a partnership with Orange Blossom Community Garden for several years. The College supports the garden by maintain their own plot, assisting with the maintenance and care of neighbors’ and non-profit organizations’ plots, volunteering through out the garden, bringing food waste for composting, and creating or assisting with the Garden’s community events. Large-scale projects occur yearly during New Student Orientation, Martin Luther King Day of Service, and for our Local Alternative Spring Break Project. Students also volunteer weekly on their own or in small groups.

New Student Orientation 2015

Each year during New Student Orientation, incoming students self-select a service project. During NSO 2015, approximately 100 students and one staff member spent the day at the Orange Blossom Community Garden. Participants planted seeds for their fall garden, worked on getting the youth garden ready for the fall, cleaned and prepared garden plots for neighborhood non-proft organizations, moved and organized supplies and materials, laid cardboard and spread mulch between beds for walkways, planted fruit trees, and assisted with other general gardening tasks.
Another 83 students and 3 staff served at other sites during New Student Orientation that resulted from partnerships with the Friends of the Sarasota County Parks: Alligator Creek and Caspersen Beach. Participants removed invasive plants, such as grape vine, love vine, and Brazilian pepper, removed debris, and contributed to the health of the scrub jay habitat.

2016 Local Alternative Spring Break
Every year Ringling College of Art and Design provides a community service project over Spring Break that gives students the opportunity to spend their break making a difference. This year, Ringling College partnered up with the Orange Blossom Community Garden, a local community garden led by Master Gardener Barbara Powell Harris, that provides affordable land plots to Sarasota residents and educational opportunities for kids from pre-school to high school. Similar projects in scope, scale, and location were done during NSO and Alternative Spring Breaks in 2013, 2014."


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Friends of Sarasota County Parks

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

During NSO 2015, 40 students and 2 staff served at other sites during New Student Orientation that resulted from partnerships with the Friends of the Sarasota County Parks: Hermitage Artist Retreat and Longwood Park. Participants removed invasive plants, such as grape vine, love vine, and Brazilian pepper, removed debris, and contributed to the health of the scrub jay habitat. Similar projects in scope, scale, and location were done during NSO 2013, 2014, and 2016.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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