Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.37
Liaison Benjamin Newton
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Central Community College
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):

A list or sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

Students completing the ebadge must present their knowledge by volunteering or presenting their knowledge at a public event. Also students wanting to complete the ebadge have an option to watch the Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series (SLPS) recorded YouTube videos. After watching the videos they are given 5 questions to assess their knowledge of the SLPS presentation.
Pollinators: The Glue that Connects Sustainability Issues | Peter Berthelsen | March 2020
Q-Where can pollinator habitat be planted to improve social, economic, and environmental issues?
A-roadways, energy rights-of-way, solar fields…etc.
Q- How does pollinator habitat influence social, economic and environmental issues?
A- By planting pollinator habitat we improve the longevity of our native pollinators. Pollinators allow for crops to produce fruits or vegetables which can be used to fight food-insecurity and make a positive impact on society. Utilities can help the environment and society by planting pollinator habitat along right-of-ways.

Model Composting Regulations in the United States | Frank Franciosi | February 2020
Q-From yard to food waste composting turns waste into a soil amendment. How does this affect social and business issues while benefiting the environment?
A- If society uses viable waste products to create compost the overall amount of waste in the landfill will diminish. Compost benefits the agricultural economy by providing nutrients to the soil without fertilization. Less fertilizer and less yard and food waste translate directly to a healthier environment.

Project Drawdown: How Education Reduces GHG Emissions | Crystal Chissell | December 2019
Q- What is Drawdown and how does it apply to climate action worldwide (society/ economy/environment)?
A- Drawdown is the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change. Society and economy must work together to reduce the concentration of greenhouse gasses from both producer and consumer point of view. By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we can slow climate change and avoid more catastrophic incidents.

RegeNErate Nebraska -Graham Christensen Nov 19
Q- How do regenerative farming techniques create economic opportunities while benefiting the environment and society?
A-Regenerative agriculture creates jobs for individuals looking to improve farming practices in a way that continues to produce food for society, but enhances the benefits and minimizes the pollution caused by overuse of chemicals (herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, fungicides). Regenerative agriculture encourages people to be more environmentally conscious about their farming practices and the impact in society, the economy, and the environment.

Nebraska EV Charging Rebate Program- Randy Smith Oct 19
Q-How do electric vehicles impact society, the economy, and the environment and how does Nebraska’s Rebate Program enhance this impact?
A-Electric vehicles are a way to travel while using fewer fossil fuels and producing less GHG emissions therefore, benefiting the environment. The economy will benefit from the EV industry by adapting infrastructure and charging systems to be accessible to the general public. As more people are able to transition to EV the impact on society will be reduced cost to travel and a sense of environmental stewardship. Nebraska is accelerating the transition by creating a rebate program that reduces overall costs for those investing in EV’s.

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

An eBadge is an award that demonstrates the holder’s knowledge and skills in different topics. eBadge opportunities at CCC are for all fields of study and for all learners and are earned by demonstrating proficiencies in both knowledge and applied skills. For CCC students, earned eBadges also appear on their co-curricular transcript and all learners can post the eBadge award on their resumes and social media networks, which could appeal to potential employers. The combination of eBadge proficiencies creates opportunities for learners to become change-agents for an environmentally sustainable future and can give earners a competitive edge in their field of study. CCC students, employees and those outside the college can choose among multiple options, including credit courses, community education courses and other experiences. Build your resume, advance your knowledge and skills and showcase your accomplishments by earning any of 4 CCC eBadges: Leadership in Environmental Stewardship, Symbiosis, or Problem Solving and Community Involvement.

Earning and signing-up for an e-badge is free, but costs may be associated with the learning experience(s) you choose.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

Each individual student works with individual faculty or the Environmental Sustainability office for successful completion of the four eBadges- which include hands on sustainability projects and presentations.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):

We have had 20 students out of currently 160 registered completing the eBadges. There projects have been showcased at Central CC Earth Month, Nebraska State Fair events, and National Conferences such as AASHE, UMACS, and Second Nature Climate Leadership Summit. Also some students have completed SLPS questions for the eBadge for proficiencies and are listed above.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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