Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.92
Liaison Christina Goodwin
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Sterling College (VT)
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Laura Berry
Registrar
Administrative
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

Sterling College launched the Wendell Berry Farming Program in Fall 2019 for a cohort of 12 students in Henry County, Kentucky. Through this program, Sterling College provides a farmer education in a new geographic, ecologic, and cultural region that links the liberal arts to farming, forestry, draft power, and good land stewardship. The curriculum combines the arts and sciences with community-based, co-operative economics and training. Students work with local farmers, economists, rural advocacy groups, and with Sterling's partners at The Berry Center. The curriculum culminates in graduates’ farm plans. With courses like Agroecology and Landscape, Food and Culture, students will spend their junior and senior years learning ways to contribute to the revitalization and renewal of rural agrarian communities.


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Faculty members received release time for this purpose.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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