Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.15
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Kentucky University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Christian Ryan
Sustainability Coordinator
WKU
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
WKU & the Community Farmers Market

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:

WKU partners with the Community Farmers Market to support the local food system and to improve access and affordability for underserved populations. This partnership began in 2012 with a collaborative USDA grant, which was written in partnership between the two organizations. The grant provided funding for a local food directory, mini grants for farmer logo development, and a mobile market to bring fresh, local foods to underserved populations identifying through a student research project. The University has also given the market a space to operate, allowing for free year round operation. This support has resulted in greater sales for local farmers, allowing them to transition from part-time to full time farming. Additionally, local food sales to underserved populations have increased, as evidenced by SNAP and EBT sales. The Community Farmers Market also accepts "Big Red Dollars", student credit that can be used for food and other items around the community, encouraging students to purchase fresh, local food. Finally, the Community Farmers Market has begun to serve as a hub for distributing local food to institutional buyers, and particularly WKU. This partnership began several years ago but continues to grow and transform our campus and great community.
http://www.communityfarmersmarketbg.com/the-outreach.html


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
WKU Earn-A-Computer Program

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
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? (2nd partnership) (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 (2nd partnership):

The WKU Student Government Association, WKU Resource Conservation, and WKU Information Technology have partnered to create the Earn-A-Computer Program, a new program designed to provide refurbished Mac computers to students who complete community service hours to a Bowling Green community area in need -- an area in the Bowling Green community that fits the student's passions.
http://www.wku.edu/sga/initiatives/earn_a_computer.php


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
WKU Top Crops

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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 (3rd partnership):

Top Crops, located at the Western Kentucky University Farm, is a garden project offering training and continuing education opportunities for adults with special needs. Special needs adults will be trained to prepare the soil, plant seeds, tend plants, harvest the crop, sort, package, and sell these essential foods to the community while learning about these foods and their nutritional value by incorporating more of them into their own diet. Other educational opportunities would involve food preparation, fitness, bookkeeping, and other responsibilities associated with running a business. Additionally, it can offer research, teaching, and internship opportunities to students enrolled at WKU.
https://topcropsblog.wordpress.com/


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

WKU's The $100 Solution™ utilizes the five principles of service learning -- Reciprocity, Partnership, Capacity Building, Sustainability, and Reflection -- to answer a central question: "with this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance your quality of life?" It teaches students to ask what they can do rather than just assuming, demonstrates that many social problems exist that can be solved with small amounts of money, and empowers them to make a difference in their community. The WKU $100 Solution™House enables students to partner with any area of the Bowling Green and international community that has an identified need.
https://www.wku.edu/aliveicsr/the100dollarsolution/index.php


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