Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.75
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date July 24, 2017
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Damon Waitt
Director
NC Botanical Garden
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Edible Campus Initiative

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 Edible Campus Initiative, a new program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, incorporates edible, medicinal, and pollinator-friendly plants into existing landscape features on the Carolina campus. Edible Campus was proposed by a student in an independent study class in the spring of 2015 and approved by Chancellor Carol Folt as a component of the “Food for All” pan-university theme. The student who proposed the initiative was hired as a Chancellor's fellow to lead the project for the first year. After she left, the North Carolina Botanical Garden obtained a grant to fund a full time staff manager. Since its inception, the Edible Campus garden beds have served as an outdoor classroom for student academic and extracurricular work, as well as a space for the UNC community to gather and grab a snack between classes. The Edible Campus Initiative currently maintains a network of nine garden beds across the campus, and a new 13,000 sq foot demonstration garden behind Davis Library opened on Earth Day 2017. Edible Campus is the winner of the Silver Seymour Spotlight Award from the North Carolina Association of Residence Halls. Along with volunteer workdays focused on tree, shrub, and vegetable planting, Edible Campus employs a student intern each semester.


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

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 innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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