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Liaison Molly Blumhoefer
Submission Date July 27, 2016
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Central New Mexico Community College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

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Campus as a Living Lab and Sustainability Project Manager
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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 Yes Yes
Public Engagement No No
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability No No
Health, Wellbeing and Work No No
Investment No No
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

CNM's Strategic Direction (2016-2020), states that we must "Incorporate Sustainability into 25% Course Offerings". https://www.cnm.edu/about/strategic-direction/student-success. Methods: The Sustainability Curriculum Committee comprised of faculty and staff brainstorms several times a year over new opportunities for students. A Sustainability Project Manager was added to the facilities staff in May 2016, job duties include engaging faculty with sustainability initiatives to incorporatein the curriculum. This person provides experiential and service learning opportunities for students every semester. These include, but are not limited to: Water in the Desert (every fall), Recyclemania (every spring), Adopt-a-Garden Bed program (ongoing), and other opportunities to earn a sustainability certificate (ongoing). Faculty from many disciplines (English, Biology, Sociology, Geography) have engaged students with these projects for class credit.
More info https://www.cnm.edu/about/sustainability

CNM contracts with construction vendors include a section on providing, in the built environment, opportunities for Campus as a Living Lab engagement, such as garden spaces, learning lounges, etc.

Before the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning published the new Strategic Direction, incorporating sustainability in the curriculum was already in progress via the Sustainability Curriculum Committee. Environmental Planning and Design Degree was added. Additionally, a new sustainability concentration was developed by faculty in the Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences that ties to the University of New Mexico. A faculty was granted course release to survey all courses to determine what sustainable measures are being used in the classrooms and a new Sustainability Curriculum Team has been formed to deal with the issue of sustainability in the curriculum.


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

Increase in the number of courses that include sustainability. The increase in the number of campus as living lab projects.
CNM's Strategic Direction (2016-2020), states that we must "Incorporate Sustainability into 25% Course Offerings". https://www.cnm.edu/about/strategic-direction/student-success.


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

Faculty and CLL Sustainability Project Manager and Sustainability Curriculum Committee.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

NOT PURSUING (above)

"WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 12, 2016) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) will receive $884,573 from the National Science Foundation to collaborate with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to develop a certificate program in green construction technologies. The program will prepare students to work on clean energy projects, sustainable buildings, or water efficient technologies, and it will support a pathway for high school and college students to participate in an internship program and dual credit courses. The funding will also support outreach and mentoring efforts to encourage underrepresented students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, specifically in construction technology and engineering".
CNM has allocated a chunk of thier money from the NSF grant for student scholarships. http://civil.unm.edu/news/2016/05/udall,-heinrich-announce-884,000-for-clean-energy-workforce-certificate-program.html


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

NOT PURSUING (above)

CNM has one year (starting fall 2016) to fully develop a curriculum for the Green Certification program. Using the DACUM curriculum building methodology http://www.dacum.org/ CNM has invited several community stakeholders to the table for this research and review process. There will be a two day workshop devoted to this on November 9 and 10, 2016. Molly Blumhoefer, CNM's Campus as a Living Lab & Sustainability Project manager is the representative from facilities who will be at the table for the 2 day workshop.


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

NOT PURSUING (above)

The Green Certificate will be offered through the School of Applied Technologies. Amy Ballard, Associate Dean, is managing the plans and inviting stakeholders.


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

In 2009, CNM's Climate Neutrality Plan (2009-2012) was developed by a task force to support the Presidential Climate Commitment https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf. In 2013 a new Sustainability Curriculum Committee was created to look at campus engagement and sustainability and to work with community to ensure sustainability is infused into all areas of the campus.
In April, 2016, CNM ratified a contract with AMERESCO Energy Management Consultants to curb energy consumption through a "Behavioral Modification Program". They will be on contract for 4 years and up to 8 years if the contract is extended.

In May, 2016, a sustainability project manager was hired in facilities to manage this and other projects.


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

Climate Neutrality Plan https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf
Ameresco contract.
Introductory period (April 2016- October 2016): Energy Data analysis, Measurement and verification protocols and reporting process, create policy standards, submit initial savings recommendations (ongoing)
Year 1:
-Ameresco hires full time sustainability manager, brings conservation message to staff, students and community
-Provides training
-Work on living laboratory occurs
Year 2, 3 and 4
-Active program implementation
-savings used to implement new programs


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

Facilities, Human Resources, Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning


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

CNM has been working on showcasing all sustainable efforts on campus through service learning and public educational opportunities, such as Water in the Desert.
Website and 2016 schedule (both public).https://www.cnm.edu/about/sustainability/water-in-the-desert-project
https://www.cnm.edu/about/sustainability/water-in-the-desert-project/water-in-the-desert-project/witd-schedule-2016-1
There have also been news releases and Water, as planning is documented in the Climate Neutrality Report. CNM also provides students opportunities to work in the community around areas of sustainability. CNM is also directly involved with planning and policy implementation for District 2030 and is acting as a example of "how to" implement the High Five Certification Program, which emphasizes sustainable measures under water, waste, energy, transportation and economic development.


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

To increase number of students and the wider community participating in service learning and sustainability certificates and assessment of knowledge at all Water in the Desert events (every fall) through Survey Monkey.


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

Facilities, Service Learning Office, and Sustainability Curriculum Committee.
Outside participants from the Water Utility, UNM, the Nature Conservancy, the County Master Composter.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

CNM is working to incorporate air and climate issues into the curriculum and working with the sustainability curriculum team to look at areas around air and climate. Ameresco is directly involved with this effort, as well as PNM (local utility provider) through energy retrofit rebates program (partnered with Vibrantcy) local energy managers.
The Climate Neutrality Plan, of course, https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf


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

Increase in the number of classes that include air and climate issues. The Strategic Direction (2016-2020)--to increase sustainability by 25% and sever other goals outlined in the Climate Neutrality Plan. CNM has hired contractor to assist with behavioral modification program to curb carbon footprint (AMERESCO). This project is managed by the CLL and Sustainability Project Manager.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Faculty, Facilities, and the Sustainability Curriculum Commitee


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

CNM has a plan that all new buildings and renovations meet LEED silver or higher. Currently over 400,000 sf of the campus is certified. The Master plan notes that CNM will be renovating over 200,000 additional square feet to meet LEED Silver. There is also a "Living Lab" component in all contracts for new and renovated buildings, holding contractors to stricter sustainability measures that coincide with CNM's climate neutrality plan https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf


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

LEED certifications
Learning opportunities in the built environment (such as campus garden beds, signage, learning modules (YouTube), for example
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZwtmnGVr4dKiB3c99MGAEnWUc3um4WEL


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

Facilties


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

CNM has a contract with Sodexho and is working to incorporate sustainable practices into the food court.

Summer 2016 update. There is no longer a food court, and no longer Sodexo. CNM now has Grab-n-go shops with Fallott provider and food truck services provided by several local vendors. CNM's culinary arts program (BIT) also participates vis business tie with Street Food Institute to run a food truck on campus. SFI emphasizes sustainability in their mission and purchasing powers.

CNM's Compost to Garden operation also provides food for CNM's culinary arts program, specifically for the Bistro Services.

The culinary arts program has a contract with Soilutions, to compost their food waste. They have successfully diverted a large percentatge.
Climate Neutrality Plan also has outlined goals to reduce waste https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Increase in the local food purchases and increasing support to local business owners through Street Food Institute. Waste reduction.
Climate Neutrality Plan also has outlined goals to reduce waste https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Fallot, Culinary Arts, Street Food Institute, Facilities


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

CNM has a plan to reduce the amount of energy consumed and the cost of the energy.
The Planning Document and goals can be found in https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf

Updated Plans are being developed to review renewable energy options and work with the local utility to implement renewable energy options. A new Building Automation System is currently funded to create a campus building automation system to collect data to drive energy use in the future.

2015-2016: Energy experts (AMERESCO) have been hired to assist CNM with a behavioral modification program to curb carbon consumption (see above). We are have gotten the first draft of an energy policy accepted by the Executive Oversight Committee.

An energy controls study and implementation is on the agenda for capital projects for the next fiscal year.


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

Reduction in the amount of energy consumed and the reduction in payments to the utility company, by 7-20% in 2020.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):
A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

CNM has a plan to reduce all non native vegetation with native drought tolerant landscaping and xericscaping. CNM has begun tracking irrigation water consumption.
The Planning Document and goals can be found in https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf


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

From Climate Neutrality Plan
-All Buildings sub-metered
-Track monthly usage
-Educate campus on sustainable landscaping
-reduce toxic chemicals

https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pd


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

Grounds, Maintenance and Operations, Facilities


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

CNM Purchasing Department is working with State Procurement Statutes to review options to increase sustainable purchasing practices in the process. including purchasing from local companies.
There are currently policies in place for vending machine contractors (Pepsi) to install energy-mizers.
There is now a "Green Cleaning" policy in place. All cleaning products and paper products in bathrooms and those used by custodial staff are "green certified".
Campus as a Living Lab language is n all contracts for construction and renovation projects.


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

Increase in number of Purchase Orders that include language that refers to sustainiability.


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

Purchasing


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

The Climate Neutrality Plan serves as a formal planning document for transportation https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf.CNM works with the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments to review transportation alternatives and is working to develop alternative modes of transportation like bicycle and skateboarding on campus to create pathways to allow them to connect with City routes.

Free bus passes for all CNM students, faculty and staff
There is now an effort among the Sustainability Curriculum Committee to focus on transportation.
CNM has been placing bike storage cages around all newly renovated buildings.


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

decrease in the number of parking permits and an increase in bus ridership.


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

Parking Services


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

The Climate Neutrality Plan serves as a formal planning document for waste diversion https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf.
CNM has a plan working with Waste Management to divert more that 75% of its waste in by 2030 (District 2030).
Every spring CNM participates in Recyclemania http://recyclemaniacs.org/


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

Diversion rate in waste
The Climate Neutrality Plan outlines specific goals and timeframes.
https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf


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

Maintenance and Operations


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

CNM has a plan to use low flow fixtures in restrooms and break rooms and is working on irrigation plan to reduce landscaping waste. This is a part of LEED requirements for all buildings.


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

decrease in the amount of water use.
The Climate Neutrality Plan outlines specific goals and timeframes.
https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf


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

Facilities, Grounds, Maintenance and Operations


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

CNM has been working with Great Colleges to Work to determine surveys on what employees are thinking in regards to the workplace. CNM also has student climate survey to see what students are thinking in regards to their educational experience. HR is working to develop a wellness component for Staff and Faculty.

There are Mindful Mondays in place for students, faculty and staff to relax for an hour and learn how to be mindful. http://www.cnm.edu/mindful


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

Chronicle Great Colleges to Work for.


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

HR, Institutional Planning and Research


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

Ameresco is an energy management firm who is currently under contract with CNM. The services agreement (PA200258) states that the funds generated by energy savings will be funneled back into CNM's Campus as a Living Lab and Sustainability Program.


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

Campus as a LIving Lab increased facilities.
See SOW for Amersesco above.


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

Facilities


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

CNM Strategic vision is Changing Lives and Building Community. Through sustainability efforts CNM can build community.
https://www.cnm.edu/about/strategic-direction
Several sustainability Measures in the 2016-2020 Strategic Direction.
or Climate Neutrality Plan
The Climate Neutrality Plan outlines specific goals and timeframes.
https://www.cnm.edu/depts/hr/policies-and-procedures/employee-handbook/documents/ClimateNeutralityPlan.pdf


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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