College transforms football field to provide crops and jobs

October 12, 2016 by Stephanie McCauley

footballNine years ago, Paul Quinn College in Dallas transformed its football field into an organic farm. This historically black college was struggling with financial issues, extremely low graduation rates, and a losing, expensive football program. The We over Me farm allows students to pay tuition and gain valuable work experience. It produces 20,000 lbs of vegetables a year, helping improve the health and nutrition options of the surrounding community, which is located in a food desert.

**Climate Protection: **Reduces CO2 Food & Water:  Increases food supply in local area Jobs & Assets:  Provides opportunities for students to learn employment skills; Saves money for college and students Health, Well-Being, & Safety: Improves healthy eating options Connection:  Allows students to improve their community****

This post is part of a series on examples of multisolving, or climate-smart policies that simultaneously work to mitigate climate change while providing co-benefits such as the ones described above. The multiple benefits analysis was done using the FLOWER framework.