Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.08
Liaison Katherine Straub
Submission Date Aug. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

Susquehanna University
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Derek Martin
Sustainability Coordinator
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Edible Campus

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:

In the summer of 2019, the Office of Sustainability joined forces with the library and the class of 2022 to create a class gift which combines sustainability and literature. Facilities Management gave us control over a large raised planter between the library and a residence hall to build a Shakespearean Edible Herb Garden. This garden which is maintained by the library and the class of 2022, includes herbs mentioned throughout Shakespeare's writing. The herbs are available to anyone in the community who is in need of herbs for a meal or to make a tea. Not only did this better utilize a space that was underwhelming before, it brings to life Shakespeare's writing in a way that is more tangible for readers. Signage identifies the plants and quotes from Shakespeare. It also provides another spot on campus where pollinators can find food and provides food for the community. Additionally, it enables campus to become a focal point for learning. The Shakespearean edible Herb garden was used as a teaching tool in ENGL 250 - Shakespeare and the Environment. The garden was replanted in the spring of 2020 for its second year of operation.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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