Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.45
Liaison Benjamin Newton
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Central Community College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:
Monthly newsletter updates employees, students, and partners on projects and events.
We also have a Facebook and Twitter page for the Environmental Sustainability office.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
Every pollinator garden features seasonal and permanent signage visible to students and visitors. Compost collection bins also feature visual guides to inform users of best practices. All recycling and trash waste receptacles are adorned with similar user guidance messaging. Our staff also posts informational materials in our department office, where students are frequently guests in the shared space.

Trex signage labels, bike share info and user guide.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Our office offers multiple opportunities annually to students, staff, and visitors to tour sustainable building features, pollinator gardens, solar field, and wind turbine. Each April, the Hastings campus offers a bike tour of the on-campus wind turbine during Earth Month activities. Yearly, the Grand Island campus offers multiple Pollinator Garden tours for community members, visiting students, and enrolled students and staff. This campus has also created a walking map for students and staff to bolster participation in wellness activities. The Kearney Center shares in providing bi-annual tours of the sustainable building features during events. The Columbus Campus has provided tours of the compost areas and pollinator garden.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
We have placed bike share stations directly adjacent to dormitories in both Hastings and Columbus. Our office has also provided welcome presentations to incoming students and participated in welcome week activities.

The students were shown where the recycling is located, and the types of recycling is used on campus. Students have single stream recycling available to them in the classroom and in the dorms. We also offer Trex plastic film containers for film that cannot go to single stream.

We present how students can engage in sustainability related activities while at Central Community College: internships, S4S, zero waste events, Nebraska state fair projects and annual highway cleanups.

We explained two of the most direct ways we interact with residential students. Because the "and/or" was included, we believed that the incorporation of such initiatives was indicative of how we incorporated sustainability into the residential experience. We do have signage that references the bike share program and provides students directions for use. The bike shares are placed directly outside of dorm entryways, making them easily accessible for residents. Additionally, all recycling and trash bins on all campuses, including inside of the dormitories, are fully labeled indicating the appropriate waste management protocols on the front of each bin. All students, residential and commuters, are offered the ability to recycle plastic film through TREX & signage is posted above or on all bins.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
Our office creates and places Students 4 Sustainability welcome cards into the napkin dispensers in each of the dining halls and regularly run outreach campaigns via campus tv screens.

Links for media engagement are shown below:
4/13/22 KRGI brian gallagher RADIO interview- April Earth Month

CCC graduate Katy Ayers will be featured along with her mushroom canoe, which earned her a spot in the 2021 Guinness World Records. Production crews spent multiple days at the Columbus and Grand Island campuses last year filming Katy and her mycelium projects. Here is the text that Nebraska Public Media sent out ahead of tonight’s episode:
“What If…” is an exploration of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and discovery. Producer and host Mike Tobias tells stories about clever concepts and diverse characters, while pulling back the curtain on the television production process.
-- A Central Community College student who “grew” a canoe from mycelium, the vegetative body of a fungus that forms mushrooms.

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