Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.00
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date March 15, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Vassar College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

Poughkeepsie Farm Project (http://farmproject.org/)
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a non-profit organization that works toward a just and sustainable food system in the Mid-Hudson Valley by operating a member-supported farm, providing education about food and farming, and improving access to healthy locally-grown food. While the PFP functions as an independent organization, it operates on 10-acres of farmland on lease from the college and receives ongoing support from Vassar student interns and volunteers. Vassar students volunteer, receive field work credit, or may be paid through the Federal Work Study Community Service Assistant Program. Students may work in the office, with the Education program on the farm and in schools, and with the farm crew. Additionally, each summer, Vassar offers a $3200 stipend to one student to work as a full-time employee with the Education Program at the PFP.

In 2017 the partnership was expanded when Vassar providing funding to construct 2 hoop houses so that the PFP could increase their year-round growing capacity. Vassar purchases produce from the hoop houses for use in Campus Dining, providing a new revenue stream for the non-profit.

The PFP bases all of their work in a firm commitment to food justice and has strategic partnerships with local agencies including: Dutchess Outreach, Bread of Life, and Hudson River Housing, and the Poughkeepsie City School District. The PFP has a number of low-income shares available in their CSA program, CSA members become shareholders in the organization. Through the PFP's education programs, Poughkeepsie high schoolers are provided mentorship and guidance and are empowered to develop the direction of their time with the organization.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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