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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 Gold
Overall Score 75.27
Liaison Katie Lavin
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Sterling College (VT)
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Simeon Bittman
Executive Chef
Food Services
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Vermont Higher Education Food System Consortium leadership
+ Date Revised: March 7, 2016

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The first-of-its-kind, cross-institutional food systems program, the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium, encourages schools to share courses, internships, land, faculty and annual symposia, according to the consortium’s memorandum of understanding.

Degrees in food systems will range from agricultural production and sustainability to diet and nutrition-related curricula.

+ Date Revised: March 7, 2016

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

With an emphasis on integration, practical learning, sustainability, service learning, and food education, this Higher Education Food Systems Consortium defines Vermont as the epicenter of community-based food systems education in this country, while inspiring a new global community of leaders to change the way we think about, cultivate, and leverage food systems.

To that end, the Consortium has launched the Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour. It is keyed toward potential students who want to study sustainable food systems.

+ Date Revised: March 7, 2016

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
+ Date Revised: March 7, 2016
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services Yes
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
http://vtrural.org/programs/facilitation/food-systems
+ Date Revised: March 7, 2016

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.