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Dirt to Food

Building healthy communities from the ground up, Clemson Dirt to Food brings together the passion, skills and knowledge of a diverse group of Clemson students, faculty, staff and community members.

Our mission is to advance a culture of health and sustainability by connecting community members and creating opportunities to experience fresh, locally grown food. 

Our goal is to create a vibrant local food system that provides the structure needed for members of our community to make healthier and more sustainable food choices.

We are working with several community members including the Littlejohn Community Center (LJCC) and Code Academy, a middle and high school for at-risk youth. We are also working to design and plant edible landscapes on campus. These garden projects serve as experiential learning laboratories as the participants plant, care for, harvest and prepare the produce they've grown. The Clemson Dirt to Food project will continue to work to build the social capital needed to make lasting change to our food system by focusing on improving the policies, systems and environments that encourage and facilitate a healthy and sustainable community.

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LEAF Community: leading for our environment and future

To prepare our students to be leaders, innovators and responsible global citizens, Clemson University includes sustainability as an academic emphasis area. Accordingly, the LEAF community provides a residential experience based on the concept of sustainability. Participants, representing Clemson's diverse student body, will learn how principles of economic, social, and environmental sustainability apply in contexts ranging from personal lifestyle choices, to the structure of the built environment, to the operation of public and private institutions. Participants will also develop and practice skills to act as agents of change in the University and the broader community.

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Aspire

Apply to be an Aspire facilitator! Aspire (CU 1000 requirement) is a peer-led health and safety focused dialogue presented by Healthy Campus facilitators.  The dialogue covers three areas key to maintaining a safe campus:  alcohol misuse, mental health, and sexual victimization in adherence with Title IX. Approximately 40 undergraduate and graduate students serve as program facilitators each semester.  Applications are accepted in the Spring semester.  Facilitators enroll in a 1-credit hour creative inquiry team for both the spring and fall semesters.