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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Heather Lynch
Director of Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Veterans Garden 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 VGI is comprised of programs from the Vermont Community Garden Network, Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors, the Veterans’ Affairs, and the Garden Program/Office of Sustainability at Saint Michael’s College. Saint Michael's College emphasizes the importance of supporting the community through service learning; however veterans and student-veterans are often times a group which need service, yet is overlooked. VGI helps integrate the vets with the civilian community which promotes learning, understanding, and respect between the two groups. The Program focuses on confronting issues such as food security and access by teaching Veterans and other partners how to grow food (in an ecologically-sound way) while at the same time encouraging all around well-being through the numerous benefits of working with one’s hands.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Food & Dining
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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