Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.16
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Southern Oregon University
SD-2: Food Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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Are students educated in an academic class about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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All incoming students are required to take University Seminar. One University Seminar section has a focus on food, where students learn about local food, low carbon diets and other impacts food choices have on the planet. The Sustainability Leadership business course also focuses on food choices and their impact.

Are students educated in dining facilities about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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One SOU Dining chef offers cooking demonstrations for students and incorporates information on the value of using local, organic foods.

Are students educated during orientation about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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Are students educated in other venues about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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The Student Health and Wellness Office has partnered with campus sustainability groups to offer Sustainability & Health workshops throughout the year, several of which contain a food focus. Workshops in the 2012-2013 academic year included uses for local honey, make your own kombucha, small space gardening, fermented foods, etc.

Is there a program by which students are encouraged to and/or taught how to grow their own food?:

Provide a brief description of the program:

The Ecology Center of the Siskiyous runs an organic community garden on campus which makes garden plots available to all students. The garden holds workshops to teach students about gardening and how to harvest food.

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