Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.83
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Virginia Commonwealth University
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Joseph Costa
Sustainability Projects and Program Coordinator
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Zero-Waste Earth Day Picnic

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:

Our annual Earth Day event was held at the Oasis, previously known as the Sahara site. This event was a zero-waste vegan picnic. The picnic served as a fun educational event for students and included a number of workshops. It also provided staff and students and how things like zero-waste events are possible.

Over 500 students attended, you can see photos from the event at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1438311869595668.1073741842.102499173176951&type=3

Attendees at the event were treated to various sustainability workshops including; how to make an environmentally friendly cleaner, how to grow plants in an urban environment, and how to live sustainably in the residence halls. Organizations in attendance included:
VCU Office of Sustainability
Eat Green at VCU
Vegans at VCU
Birdhouse Farmer's Market
Compost RVA
Highland Support Network
Virginia Conservation Network
Spoon University VCU
VCU Police
Outdoor Adventure Program
Spira Inc
Vegan Action
VA League of Conservation Voters
VCU Parking and Transportation

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