Nine 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.