Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.83
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Virginia Commonwealth University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Joseph Costa
Sustainability Projects and Program Coordinator
Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Learning Garden

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:

Implementation of the VCU Monroe Park Campus Learning Garden began the spring of 2015 as a project addressing food security in the Richmond community. The intention of this project is to serve as an educational resource in both theory and practice by using this high-output learning garden to provide fresh and nutritious food and teach sustainable growing practices. The Learning Garden received financial support from the VCU Office of Sustainability and was awarded a VCU Community Engagement Grant to work with a number of community partners. The Richmond Center for Healthy Hearts (formerly the Center for High Blood Pressure) is the primary partner. Through the partnership with the Center, fresh produce is donated to low-income individuals who lack access to healthy food. In addition to fresh produce, patients at the Center receive healthy food preparation information and recipes. This project will continue to grow under the guidance of the Garden Coordinator in the VCU Office of Sustainability, and be supported by volunteers. More information about this partnership and the Learning Garden can be found here: https://sustainability.vcu.edu/gardens/learning-gardens/.


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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