Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Molly Blumhoefer
Submission Date July 27, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Central New Mexico Community College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Molly Blumhoefer
Campus as a Living Lab and Sustainability Project Manager
PPD
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes Yes
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills Yes
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles No
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills No
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution ---
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

Our Student Government also known as the Executive Council of Students (ECOS) conducts a yearly campus wide clean up event. This also would include assessments on location of trash receptacles and recycling containers (reported by R. Garcia 2014).

UPDATE: They have also made great efforts to support environmentally and socially sustainable efforts into our other initiatives, including taking our newspaper online (2015-2016) and is in the process of incorporating sustainability funding into their constitution and permanent mission statement (Summer 2016).

USGBC: Mission/Purpose:
The purpose of the United States Green Building Council, CNM Student Chapter is to gather and
organize students interested in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
projects, concepts, volunteer opportunities, areas of study, and career opportunities while
promoting sustainability on campus.


Phi Theta Kappa recently focused on a campus wide cigarette butt clean day. The butts were collected and weighed to show students the amount of butts thrown on the ground. The goal was to clean up the campus and help in a campaign to help smokers quit.reported by R. Garcia 2014).

Service Learning students completed two green houses that utilized recycled tires for tiles and solar energy to heat rocks in barrels to provide heat when necessary. These projects were done several years ago (reported by R. Garcia 2014).

Service Learning Credit was gained by students who participated in either Recyclemania or Water in the Desert Projects (2015-2016).


The website URL where information about student groups is available:
---

A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

Raised Garden Beds have been implemented as a part of RPM and Wayfinding Renovations. The Wayfinding garden Beds (sw corner of Max Salazar) have been adopted out by the Sustainability Curriculum Committee, subgroup (Compost to Garden). The USGBC Student Group has adopted one of these beds and has donated it to the Culinary Arts Program. Culinary Arts harvests lettuces planted in a bed adopted by the USGBC student charter group and serves them at their nightly Bistro Services as "CNM Salad". They are learning about farming, harvesting and taking pride in food production.

https://www.cnm.edu/news/faculty-and-staff-news/culinary-students-harvest-lettuce-from-garden-on-southwest-corner-of-max-salazar-hall

Culinary Arts students are also harvesting Gooseberries from the Wayfinding terraced grounds, on the south side of MS.
(via James Clapp instructor with assistance from C2G--summer 2016)

Katrina Taylor (instructor/chair in CHSS department) and Erica Volkers (Dean) is currently planning an Aquiponics project in the old Green House that has become a realized project in facilities. It is in the planning phase.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

USGBC-- has been leading LEED tours of Buildings, gardening and participating in Recyclemania and other events, regularly. LEED tours of buildings were established as a part of their mission.
Mission/Purpose:
The purpose of the United States Green Building Council, CNM Student Chapter is to gather and
organize students interested in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
projects, concepts, volunteer opportunities, areas of study, and career opportunities while
promoting sustainability on campus.

Culinary arts Street Food Program (BIT)
The School of Business and Information Technology houses the Culinary Arts Program. James Clapp, instructor, has spearheaded the "food truck" business partnership between Street Food Institude and CNM. They are dedicated to using as much locally produced ingredients as possible.

https://www.cnm.edu/depts/news/food-truck-provides-students-real-world-experience-and-patrons-delectable-dishes/

https://www.cnm.edu/depts/academic-affairs/documents/StreetFoodInst.pdf

ECOS (Student Government)--sustainability is a part of the student mission with new constitution (2016), in progress of rewrite.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

CNM is under contract with AMERESCO a sustainability management group that is helping to curb energy consumption to generate monetary savings which will be funneled back into the Campus as a Living Lab initiative and other facilities needs.

Currently (summer 2016), ECOS is working with their approver and budget to verify what is possible with spending authority, because sustainability is a part of their mission with the new constitution.
The student council is working to establish a revolving sustainability fund for the next fiscal year (2016-2017).


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Student Activities has hosted speakers in the area of solar powered energy, renewable energy sources, and recyloable materials. One event included a tennis shoe donation whereby the rubber soles were going to be recycled.

Both Recyclemania and Water in the Desert projects are aimed at student audiences to help promote sustainability in the community. They each involve 8 weeks of speakers, activities and educational films.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Idea Flow... Water in the Desert.
The students created the river-like installation out of hundreds of individual writings collected from hundreds of people. Students asked participants of all ages and walks of life to write down messages they would like to share about water issues or to describe what water symbolizes to them.

The project was inspired by the artist Christine Destrempes, who has created several similar installation projects under the title of “Art for Water.”

http://www.cnm.edu/news/faculty-and-staff-news/idea-flow-honors-conclusion-of-water-in-the-desert-series


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:
---

The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
---

A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

This semester there has been a recylcing theme at all campuses. This has included electronic items.

Water in the Desert was a first-year experience (2015)
https://www.cnm.edu/about/sustainability/water-in-the-desert-project


The website URL where information about the theme is available:
A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
---

The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
---

A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:
---

The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
---

A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
---

The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
---

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Several Faculty have worked, cross-disciplinary, on Campus as a Living Lab initiatives to bring sustainability into their curriculum. PPD--Facilities, has provided an avenue through which students and faculty can use the campus staff as their "client" proposing sustainability initiatives. Marissa Juarez (instructor) has been successful at getting facilities to implement student proposals for sustainability on campus. The new Smith Brasher Building (after renovation) will have recycling receptacles, that were imagined in a student proposal.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.