Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Unity College
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Steve Kahl
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Commercial greenhouse and Agricultural Research Station

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Unity College was gifted the Half Moon Gardens greenhouse and farm complex in nearby Thorndike in 2013. The new College-wide resource is serving as a regional year-around agricultural research and outreach incubator in collaboration with partners, serving as a source of local foods for the college and current regional customers, providing produce or other products for retail sale, and as a resource for classes in sustainable agriculture business management.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The greenhouse and research station complex is already resulted in a doubling of the number of majors in Sustainable Agriculture and will support both research and an increase in local food acquisition for campus dining that has a target of increasing to 80% in the college strategic plan. A pellet furnace installed in one greenhouse is the first of many non-fossil fuel retrofits that will make the complex more energy efficiency and more climate friendly.


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Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
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Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

Unity College is located in the center of the local foods movement in Maine. The Half Moon Gardens and Agricultural Research Station initiative will serve the regional local foods economy, support research, and engage students in sustainable agriculture. The number of majors in sustainable agriculture doubled in one year in response to the acquisition of the complex. A pellet furnace installed in one greenhouse is the first of many non-fossil fuel retrofits that will make the complex more energy efficiency and more climate friendly.

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