Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.08
Liaison Andrew McMahan
Submission Date June 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Central Carolina Community College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.83 / 4.00 Laura Lauffer
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Technologies
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes
Public Engagement No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes
Air and Climate No No
Buildings No No
Dining Services/Food No No
Energy No No
Grounds No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes
Purchasing No No
Transportation No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes
Waste No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes
Water No No
Diversity and Affordability No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes
Health, Wellbeing and Work No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes
Investment No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes
Other No
+ Date Revised: Feb. 9, 2016
Yes

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

Reflected through program performance review objectives:
25% of programs by Fall 2011; 60% of programs by Fall 2013 (incorporate sustainability across the curriculum – degree and non-degree)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

16 of 54 programs incorporate sustainability = 33% as of Jan. 2012
(stated in Sustainability Committee)
A review in the summer of 2013 will determine the percentage of programs incorporating sustainability across the curriculum.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

A minimum of one sustainability-related college event will be offered at each main campus each year, Fall 2010 – Fall 2013


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

Harnett Campus: Phil Heath, Sustainable Technologies student from Harnett County, used a Capstone Project to find ways to help increase the awareness of students, faculty, and staff. A set of recommendations for the short and longer term focused on computer use/energy savings, departmental recycling, and student awareness. Harnett Green Team rejuvenated, student organizations, including SGA involved.

PBL students organized a Farmers Market on the Lee County campus April 22, 2013 for Earth Day.

The COS 2013 Hair Show Theme was recycle, reduce and reuse held April 22, 2013 Earth Day.

Curriculum and ECE offices participated in the Green Office Challenge.

Chatham Campus:
Sustainability Events / Chatham Campus/CCCC
(with Natural Chef Program and Sustainable Agriculture)
Co-Sponsor, Climate Change Adaptations in Agriculture (with NCSU, Cooperative Extension and Abundance Foundation
Farm Tour- Collaboration with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Tour hosting- UNC Sustainability Students, Sage Academy, Emerson Waldorf, CTE faculty Chatham Schools, Trace Trekkers (Carolina Trace), Randolph County CC, Cafeteria

Managers, Chef Challenge, Eastern Randolph Culinary Program, Chatham County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Chatham, Ambassadors
Pittsboro Elementary, Earth Day Farm Tour, Tasting
Green Genome Award Tour (AA Community Colleges)
Students for Sustainability Meetings (six times per year)
Regional Student Government Association Meeting, Tour, Talk
Third Thursday Sustainable Speaker Series
- September- Haw River Assembly
- October- Triangle Clean Cities Coalition, Odyssey Day
November- Student Action
with Farmworkers
- February- RePowering NC- NC Warn
- March- Building with Hempcrete
- April- Toxic Free NC
Earth Day

ECD continued to participate in the Green office challenge, introducing additional recycling containers throughout the main campus office in Spring 2013.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

Identify potential and current college partners by Spring 2011 (business and industry)

Increase partnerships by 5% for each year: Spring 2012, Spring 2013
Confirm current agreements for AA/AS/AAS with public and private senior institutions by Fall 2010
Target institutions with programs that fit CCCC program graduates by Spring 2011
Increase personal and electronic opportunities for representatives of public and private senior institutions to communicate with graduates. Give graduates the access to resources needed to make the connections to senior institutions beginning Spring 2011
Sign and publicize appropriate agreements with public and private institutions 2011 - 2013


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

Since February of 2012, the Innovation Center has accommodated more than 350 hours of customized training with nine companies and over 212 employees (unduplicated) served.

Partnering with community donor, Lee County, and others on a new Sanford business incubator. Planning efforts to begin in Spring of 2013.

New partnerships include: SAAB, Pfizer, and Chatham Hospital.
Conversations with NCSU Agriculture program held Spring 2012 with potential for cohort program development.

Spring 2012 discussions with Campbell Physician’s Assistant Program faculty to develop pathway from high school, to community college, to baccalaureate, to masters degree.Developed specific articulations with NC Wesleyan for select AAS programs as well as AA/AS –agreement should be formalized by end of fall 2012 semester.

Completing agreement for articulation of AAS in Business Administration with UNC-P fall 2012.

Met with Laurel University for business administration articulation. Still under consideration.The relationship with FSU in the major of early childhood education is going well. Many ECE students are taking advantage of the dual agreement.
Developing criteria for dual-enrollment ADN/BSN program in partnership with NC Central University projected for 2015-2016 pending approval.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

Plan for improvement completed by Spring 2011 (informal student gathering places)
Improvements completed by Spring 2012 (informal student gathering places)
Students will indicate increased satisfaction with “The availability of informal gathering spaces” on the Enrolled Student Survey. Target: 90% satisfied or very satisfied by Spring 2013


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

The 2011-2012 Enrolled Curriculum Student Survey indicates that 90% of the 756 respondents were satisfied or very satisfied. This compares to 83% in 2009-2010.
The most recent results sorted by campus showed the following satisfaction rates:
Chatham – 88%
Harnett- 91%
Lee – 90%
A front entrance plaza with stone benches was constructed. Refurbished patio furniture is extensively used by students in the back patio area. A casual seating area was added to the upstairs lobby of the Science Building. The remodeled front lobby of the Science Building also attracts student gatherings.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

Carpooling matching; bicycle racks at each campus; investigate possibility of campus bike check-out; promote public transportation in each of the counties; obtain funding for transportation assistance
Allow students to create their own car pools through Blackboard (provide login, etc. for their use). Increase the coverage of public transportation between campuses and sites within service area counties. Current routes and ridership

Increase number of routes by 10% by Fall 2013


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

Now have two routes (Dunn and Lillington areas) with the Harnett Area Regional Transport (HARTS) serving the Harnett Campus.

Sustainability Committee has developed relationship with COLTS to promote student ridership; emergency fund established for students in need (fall 2012); “Triangle Go” identified as a free ride matching service to be considered for implementation

Admissions Assistant on the Lee Campus will assign COLTS vouchers upon faculty referralPublic HARTS routes still in place. Private services also available.

“Cougar Shuttle” concept established to provide transportation of students, faculty, and staff between the three main campuses for select events (University Transfer Day in Fall 2012).


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

Reduce paper and employee time through the implementation of electronic forms and signatures :
Software in place by Spring 2013

Staff development sessions delivered Fall 2013


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

Faculty Evaluation was moved to a totally electronic format—was piloted in spring 2012 and implemented Fall 2012

Paper recycling bins provided in most departmental areas. Recycling grant increased recycling of paper and plastic on the Sanford Campus.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

Explore nontraditional scheduling, such as Weekend College and midnight classes


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

ECE is attempting Saturday classes again Fall 2013.

An Evening Programs Coordinator began work on May 20, 2013. He is now working collaboratively with deans and department chairs on a strategic plan for expanded and enhanced evening/weekend scheduling opportunities.

ECD will schedule CRC/HRD short term classes in Fall 2013 to complement evening credit schedule.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

Better connect adjunct employees to the College and provide opportunities for the College to benefit from adjunct employees’ knowledge in industry and business. Academic Affairs, ECD and Human Resources will collaborate to orient adjunct and track progress in the classroom, Spring 2011 – Spring 2013

Invite and encourage adjunct employees to participate on boards, committees, and other College activities; Conduct adjunct professional development opportunities that facilitate adjuncts adoption of the college mission and values, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

• Introduced new hire orientation process that includes all adjuncts; requires training and orientation modules for adjuncts, including overview of college and access to online resources for course development, etc. in June 2013
• Upgraded adjunct hiring process to include background checks to ensure quality of and connection with new adjuncts; process also ensures adjuncts are connected with online material to ensure smooth onboarding in new positions, June 2013

The more than forty hours of instructional technology training/professional development offered by the distance education staff is equally open for and marketed to adjunct faculty. See http://www.cccc.edu/distanceeducation/faculty/training/

Adjunct faculty participate in other varied vocational technical advisory boards and student organizations (computer-aided drafting, sustainability technologies, human services).
Over the Summer and Fall of 2012, both College and Career Readiness held professional development events for faculty in those areas. Over 100 part-time instructors in ECD attended.
Adjuncts attended Bb training as professional development to facilitate student success via grading and attendance requirements for Success Coaches.

Some adjuncts that work in the field serve on our advisory boards.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

Implement deliberate approach to seeking of funds as tied to mission, vision, values—become proactive in central knowledge of funding sources available and focus of funding requests


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

Pursuant to the new Coordinator’s arrival, the OGSP conducted approximately fifteen interviews with Vice Presidents, Deans, Chairs, and Lead Instructors throughout the CCCC system, to assess current needs and priorities related to grant funding. Focus areas that emerged from these interviews include:

- Equipment, with particular needs relating to the Harnett Health Sciences Building, the Machining program, and the Innovation Center

- Advising and student support to create K-14 pathways and thereby increase FTEs, with particular focus on enhanced outreach to middle and high schools

- Scholarship support

The Office’s current grant seeking portfolio emerges directly from these confirmed priorities, with highlights including:

- Department of Labor TAACCCT proposals to support equipment purchases for Machining and the continued development of Advanced Manufacturing at the Innovation Center

- The Chatham, Harnett, and Lee Workforce Development Initiative, a million-dollar project involving multiple foundations (e.g. Golden LEAF and Z. Smith Reynolds) as well as private donors, to support placement of CCCC Advisors in all service area high schools.
An NSF S-STEM proposal that will provide close to $500,000 in scholarship support to underrepresented students in STEM programs, with ancillary advising support and cohort learning opportunities

Also in support of the above priorities, the North Carolina Rural Center for Economic Development confirmed award of $99,970 in support of a Maintenance Technician Credentialing Program, to be run through the Innovation Center.

The Career and Technical Distance Education Coordinator has led the effort to best identify CTE faculty to attend regional and national conferences with a teaching with technology emphasis. These conferences are paid with Perkins grant funds. This process includes an application process for faculty and ends with a reflection required on how the experience will positively impact faculty and their students.

New Generation Careers Grant—Healthcare Training for youth (18-30) in Harnett County and the service area continues through February 2014. $ 100,000.

The Broadcasting Production Technology department has averaged $500 per month in donations via underwriting from local businesses through WUAW 88.3 FM.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:

Reduce energy costs - Develop a comprehensive plan that incorporates employees and students by 2012

Begin implementation of plan by Spring 2013

Energy consumption will be reduced by 5% by Fall 2013


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):

The “Green Office” program and certification is underway with the support of the Educational Office Professionals. To “green” office spaces, over 100 plants were delivered to all sites. The green office checklist was re-designed to meet college needs. Offices will be awarded a certificate for their green office practices.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):

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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

The Brundtland Commission's Report defines sustainable development as: "development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". CCCC maintains that the intersections of environment, economics and social justice unite the balance of systems that provide a sustainable future.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:
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