2019-20 CAMPUS GREEN FUND AWARDS
Congratulations to the following 5 proposals that were funded through the Campus Green Fund! ($50,000 allocated)
Edmonds College Food Pantry Sustainability ($10,000)
Funding for the Edmonds College Food Pantry, located in Brier 240. This program serves Edmonds College students and employees in need by providing food, toiletries and other items on weekly basis. The pantry serves nearly 1200 students a quarter.
This project will advance the Sustainability Initiative and commitment to assist the College with developing programs and services the meet the needs of our students and address economic wellness, social justice, human health and bio-diversity and ecological aspects of our society. Funding to support professional development and services related to environmental and social justice can assist the College with developing a comprehensive student success plan that also includes the importance of establishing programs and services that meet the needs of our student who are food insecure. Research shows that students who are food insecure have increased stress, anxiety and often have academic difficulty which impact their student progress and success (i.e. dropping classes, missing classes, difficulty concentrating, etc.). The pantry is serving 1200 students and employees per quarter.
Campus Community Farm and Cultural Kitchen ($32,393.26)
The Campus Community Farm and Cultural Kitchen provide students with hands on learning experience using sustainable practices from resource conservation through food production, preparation, to eating and community development. Hundreds of students sample the produce they help grow and most of them take some of the harvest home. Harvest also helps to feed student and community populations dependent upon food banks and shelters. Since 2012, over 2,520 unique individuals have volunteered their time over 12,003+ hours; 864+ more have visited; and approx 20,520+ pounds of produce have been harvested. Twenty-eight faculty members sent their students to work in the farm as part of service-learning activities during the 2018-19 academic year. Five of those faculty members have taken leadership over different activities or projects (beehives, pollinator paths, gutter and rain barrel installation, permacultural design, etc.) in the farm or cultural kitchen.
The farm and kitchen are utilized as a service learning location right on campus and many departments enjoy the garden as an outdoor lab and classroom both during class time and outside it for extracurricular programs. Having a farm and outdoor kitchen on campus helps raise awareness regarding a wide array of sustainability issues centered around food—sources, personal health, native species, and urban and community-based agriculture. They provide a location and context for instruction and service-learning from disciplines as diverse as horticulture, biology, culinary, diversity studies, engineering, art, anthropology, and pre-college. The farm provides members of the campus community access to fresh, local food that they put in work to receive. Support for this initiative creates a place on campus for food production and learning that is uniquely our own and serves as an outdoor classroom, venue and platform for other sustainability-related events.
Access to service-learning activities on campus helps reduce transportation costs and the burning of fossil fuels. Campus Green Fund support is critical to the operations of the farm and kitchen. Farmer Frog, a local, regional non-profit organization has been supporting the farm by providing in-kind.
Climate Change Across the Curriculum ($4,700)
In order to help students prepare to live in a changed climate this project will gather a group of 15-20 faculty from across disciplines who will commit to learning enough about climate change and its impacts on their sector to revise one lesson that includes content about climate change, then teach that lesson and report about the experience.
We will work with library to create resource guide and lesson or content banks for faculty.
We will share our work at Building Community Day and perhaps at the Washington State Assessment Teaching and Learning Conference 2020.
If 16 faculty across disciplines add content related to climate change in at least one course then in the first quarter, approximately 500 students will learn about climate change. As more students attend more classes where climate change is included as fact, then more students will develop understanding of this critical issue.
35th Annual Edmonds College Powwow ($245)
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 34 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 prior Edmonds College Student Trustee for the Board of Trustees, Lia Andrews, once held the student leadership role on the Edmonds College powwow before she became involved in student government.
Triton Field Trash Receptacles ($2,661.74)
The current trash receptacles have open lids. Squirrels climb into the containers and jump out with trash. They spread the trash all over the parking lot. This will also help us recycle at the field. Currently there are no recycling receptacles at the field. We are missing a huge opportunity to help with recycling on campus, especially because the athletic field produces more bottles than anywhere on campus.
The college wants to maintain a safe and healthy environment that fosters learning. We see the importance of improving our grounds. The college values the management of its resources to ensure the long-term health of the college.