Truman State University is committed to incorporating our sustainability initiatives with the community at large. Accomplished through community service projects, sustainability coalitions, partnership opportunities, or stakeholder agreements, Truman State University is applying sustainability principles to the Kirksville community and beyond and learning more along the way.
Every year since 2006, Truman State University has been recognized by the Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.
A great way for Truman State University to get involved with its local community is through partnerships with sustainability-focused organizations that already exist. Here are just a few examples of such partnerships that Truman State is currently engaged with.
- Community Opportunities, Inc.: We have a supportive relationship with the Sheltered Workshop through our recycling partnership with Community Opportunities, Inc., based here in Kirksville.
- Green Thumb Project: We have a collaborative relationship with the Green Thumb Project, which engages Ray Miller Elementary School students to involve them in the gardening process.
Truman also collaborates with other institutions to share information and practices and to support each other and larger projects. Currently students in Truman ECO have joined the Missouri Coalition for Climate Justice, a coalition of eight schools focused on “tackling the greatest challenge of our time by empowering individuals and mobilizing communities across Missouri to fight for social and climate justice.” Truman State University is also a part of Missouri Student Environmental Coalition, or MSEC, which helps organize large projects such as the Power Shift Youth Environmental Conference. Truman is also a member of AASHE and the STARS program.
Truman State University has a very active student body. To encourage that positive energy, we provide a service called TruService, which allows students, faculty, and staff to create profiles to browse and sign up for ongoing, and upcoming service activities, track hours and build service resumes. We also allow students to record their activities in the Cocurricular Journal and Cocurricular Record. In the 2012-2013 academic year, for example, over 3,000 students participated in an accumulated 72,615 reported service hours, and that number is only growing.
Local Food Resources
While living in Kirksville, many Truman students decide to buy produce from local farmers in order to help stimulate the local economy and reduce their ecological footprint. The follow list is a comprehensive directory of the local farmers many Truman students choose to purchase produce from during the weekly Kiwanis Farmer’s Market. Some students even contact the farmers directly so they may continue to get produce during the wintertime.
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Community stakeholder engagement is undertaken across campus in a number of ways. Theme 3 in the current University Strategic Plan is focused on Building Community and Collaboration. The University President, with the Vice-President for Administration, Finance and Planning, and other selected top University officials, meet semi-annually with the Kirksville City Council and City leaders to discuss topics of mutual interest, as well as having representatives appointed for the local economic group (K-REDI) and the 9-1-1 Board. Truman’s SERVE Center, in addition, annually works with over 100 community agencies to pair up service opportunities for students to give back to the community. Students can volunteer at these organizations through scholarship jobs, internships, and by signing up on the TruService website. Here are a few of the major projects the Truman Community has become engaged in:
- The Big Week of giving: Over 300 students participate in raising money that is later donated to local organizations.
- The BIG Event: A service day held in early spring, in which almost 1000 students participate in various projects to help the Kirksville community.
- The MLK Challenge: A service day in which 150 students engage in various projects across the Kirksville community during the MLK Holliday.
- University-City Collaboration: Campus safety has been increased with better lighting, and a three-block section of Franklin Street has been rebuilt with improved pedestrian control, biking lanes, lighting, and aesthetics. Additional sidewalk projects are being planned.