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2017-18 CAMPUS GREEN FUND AWARDS

Congratulations to the following 6 proposals that were funded through the Campus Green Fund! ($36,859 allocated)

Strengthening Our Diverse Community: Promoting Equity, Inclusion and Student Success ($2,500)

To implement educational opportunities campus-wide to address the emergent issues related to the intersections of race, class, gender identity, and culture that impact student experience, satisfaction, and progression and the College’s overall campus environment and broader community.  Addressing matters related to student and community engagement, free and hate speech, food insecurity, diversity and multicultural understanding and equitable practices are essential to disrupting systems that negatively impact our students’ success. Addressing these matters is critical when striving toward transformational change and inclusive excellence that increases and benefits student success. 
 

Simple Sustainability Feasibility Study and Implementation Project ($1,700)

Winter Quarter, 2018 the MGMT 270 Project Management I class would complete a Feasibility Study of “simple sustainability” endeavors on campus at the faculty/staff/administrative level. This would include the study of a “Personal Mug Campaign” to promote greater use of personal mugs at all campus meetings where coffee is provided. Spring Quarter, 2018, the MGMT 271 Project Management II class would implement recommendations from the Feasibility Study findings, including piloting the Personal Mug Campaign.
 
The Feasibility Study generates simple sustainability recommendations from the campus stakeholders, including faculty, staff members and administrators, and complete implementations of feasible sustainability projects before the 2018 graduation.


Establishment of a Research Hive ($2,189)

This project will provide opportunities for students in multiple disciplines to engage in research involving the honeybees from an engineering, conservation, and biological perspective. We completed some preliminary projects with our existing hives, however a research hive would allow us to try out new methods of bee management and treatment that may affect honey production. Managing bees for honey production is a different enterprise than managing bees for overall colony health, growth, and long term survival. Although beekeepers strive to achieve both objectives, some bee management practices may negatively impact honey production. We would like to use this additional hive to start long term studies examining general honeybee health regardless of the effects on honey production.
 

Whole Animal Butchery for Culinary Students ($2,050)

Demonstration gives students deep knowledge of animal anatomy, utilization possibilities, and farming practices in a way that even general meat use does not.  Trends in the modern kitchen involve nose to tail utilization of animals.  


Campus Community Farm & Cultural Kitchen ($27,720)

The Campus Community Farm and q’wәld’ali (Place of the Cooking Fire) Cultural Kitchen started in 2012 as a joint effort between Horticulture, Anthropology, Energy Management, Construction, Sustainability Council, Green Team, Service Learning, ODET and Farmer Frog to bring students, faculty, and staff around sustainable living practices and improve an under-utilized space. The Campus Community Farm is no longer a no man’s land, it has twenty-seven raised beds, a hoop house that produces 365 days a year, many edible trees and shrubs, a variety of bee-loving flowers, an edible rain garden, and three fires for cooking demonstrations. This funding request would enable continued service-learning activities in these spaces in 2017-2018.
 

33rd Annual Edmonds College Powwow ($700)

The purpose of the Edmonds College Powwow is to celebrate Native culture and to provide access to educational opportunities in a culturally appropriate setting to the Native Community. The Edmonds College Powwow is a tradition that has been going on for the past 32 years; we are the largest community college powwow in Washington State, and as a result, we have created strong partnerships with our local tribes. Not only does the Edmonds College Powwow support the community, but it also supports the professional development of Edmonds College Native students, faculty, and staff by allowing each of those groups to take on leadership roles in the powwow committee.
 
American Indian students have the lowest high school and college graduation rates in the nation. We are actively engaged in these statistical trends by creating positive outcomes for our Native community. By combining culture and higher education, we are showing that Native students belong at Edmonds College. The Edmonds College Powwow directly increases the retention and graduation rates of Native students and gives access to the educational opportunities to our Native community. 

Additionally, the Powwow has a significant role in student development as it allows native students to take on a leadership role. The structure of the committee is typically chaired by 3 individuals: 2 staff/faculty and a student. Many of our students that have held the leadership role gain the confidence and skills and continue to grow. In fact, the Edmonds College student board of trustee, Lia Andrews, once held the student leadership role on the Edmonds College Powwow before she became involved in student government.