Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.67
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Mansfield
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Norman Jones
Associate Dean
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Food Systems Program

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:

The Ohio State University at Mansfield founded the Food Systems Program under the Center for Ecology and Justice Studies to address critical social inequities in the present food system including lack of access, lack of affordability, and a food economy that drains low-income communities of capital and contribute diet-related health issues that impact education and income. The Food Systems program is a multidisciplinary effort to facilitate the use of local, year-round urban sustainable agriculture and diversified rural sustainable agriculture. The project was initiated in fall 2016.

The Ohio State University at Mansfield is situated in an urban area at the rural fridge experiencing economic hardships. Richland County suffered a steep economic decline since the heavy manufacturing left in the 1970’s and 1980’s. As a result, a disproportionately large percentage of its households earn under $25,000 per year; in 2015, nearly 30% of Mansfield residents reported an income below the poverty level. The Ohio State University at Mansfield established the Food Systems Program to alleviate poverty by addressing four key sustainability topic areas: economic development, educational achievement, land conservation, and food security. The project aims to bridge the campus to both the surrounding urban and rural areas to increase food security using sustainable agriculture. The project has developed year-round schoolyard gardens at K-12 schools in Richland County. Using a cross-curricular, social justice pedagogy, the program is designed to improve educational outcomes and address diet-related health issues. The Food Systems Program integrates student service learning and course curriculum into these community efforts. The Food Systems Program offers a hands-on educational experience to OSU Mansfield students, many of whom are from urban households themselves. It trains students to revitalize their economically depressed communities after graduation using a replicable agriculture model. The Food Systems Program creates careful, just, and environmentally responsible means to transition from unsustainable to sustainable in our community and region.

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

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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