Grantee Blog 2020

Hope for the Spring & Summer

As the spring semester winds down, we look forward to the summer when we hope to finalize our Complete Streets resolution and policy. The complete streets presentation was delayed into mid-June, but we’re confident that the delay will not affect the buy-in from senior management in the Division of University Facilities. If all goes well with the presentation, we may even be able to have the resolution before the Board at their June 22 meeting!

After the resolution is adopted, we will focus on the policy, which will reside under the office of Capital Planning & Project Management, and on customizing the templates and project checklists for use on future projects. Assuming all runs smoothly, the policy could be in place when the students’ return to campus for the Fall semester. While we recognize that pedestrian safety is not likely to be at the forefront of issues that students are concerned with when they return, we are sure that they’ll appreciate knowing that someone is looking out for their safety as they navigate the campus.

Further, we are looking forward to developing a tangible change to our policies around healthy food access, especially as it relates to our emergency food services. We have reopened our community garden for the summer and look forward to working closely with our pantry and food service providers again. We have applied to the state’s new Hunger Free Campus funding, and hope to receive the official Hunger Free Campus designation as a result!

We plan to keep working with our stakeholders to overcome some of the barriers we’ve encountered so far, and we’re hoping to see new policies in place in time for the Fall semester. We hope to keep gathering feedback from the campus community without burning out our respondents. The university is additionally in the process of a change in administration, and we hope to keep our progress moving forward as new personnel are joining us, and hopefully we can leverage this opportunity to stress the importance of these projects.

About the Grantee

Montclair State University

The team at Montclair State is based out of the Division of University Facilities and the Campus Community Garden. We're combining efforts on this grant project to improve food security and pedestrian safety on campus. Our core team consists of Adeline Cochran, Sustainability Coordinator and Chris Snyder, MPH, Garden Founder/Coordinator.