Menstrual Equity and Sustainability at St. Mary's College

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Purchasing, Consumption and Waste, Education and Awareness
Project Goal Summary
Vision:

A campus where:

  • All menstruators have access to free, environmentally conscious sanitary products
  • Menstrual products are supplied in bathrooms the same as toilet paper and paper towels
  • Menstrual equity is achieved for all menstruators, not just women who menstruate
How to achieve this vision:
  • Building partnerships with SGA and Office of Planning and Facilities

  • Partnering with Aunt Flow & Organicup as suppliers

  • Starting with distribution in 10 high-traffic bathrooms on campus

  • Expanding in the years to come until every bathroom on campus has free menstrual products available

  • Eventually integrating these costs into the College’s facilities budget, similar to toilet paper

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Project Location
St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
United States
Project Goals and News
I am confident when I say that this project is a success! I worked with the SGA and Title IX Office at the College and we have secured funding for this initiative. While we are still figuring out the logistics of how products will be refilled in bathrooms, we have lots of support and we can facilitate volunteer refilling if necessary.

We have become a partner University with Organicup where we will be participating in the CampusCup. We will introduce CampusCup at the same time as the roll out of the free products that we will be providing. CampusCup aims to achieve menstrual equity through partnering with universities to help supply and distribute educational and sustainable products.
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menstrual equity, period poverty, reduce waste

Project Feedback

Excited to continue working on this project at SMCM next semester. We are happy to roll out the products and participate in Organicup's CampusCup in February! 
  • Posted Wed 16 Dec 2020 11:02 AM CST
Awesome work, Madeleine! Thanks so much for sharing your project here I look forward to following along on its success!
  • Posted Wed 16 Dec 2020 11:16 AM CST

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Date Added: Dec 16, 2020
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