Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.38
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date June 17, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Johnson County Community College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Kim Criner
Student Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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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 ---
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills ---
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 ---
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles ---
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences ---
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills ---
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions ---
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives ---

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

Student Sustainability Committee: The student advisory committee to the Center for Sustainability, provides the Center with the student voice for sustainability on campus and allocates the Sustainability Initiatives Fund (SIF) toward campus sustainability projects, both operations-related or educational. Student members hold all voting rights, faculty and staff serve advisor roles only. The group is responsible for establishing the SIF and of all of the projects made possible since. That full list is here: http://www.jccc.edu/sustainability/students/sustainability-committee/funded-projects/index.html

Student Environmental Alliance: A student organization housed in the Center for Student Involvement. This special interest and activity group promote sustainability awareness on campus through activities and advocacy. The group operates completely out of student interest with a staff advisor.


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:

The 2+ acre Campus Farm provides a learning lab for the College's Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program. However, any student on campus can enroll in the seasonal Practicum class and learn about sustainable farming practices such as: crop rotation, seed starting and saving, cover-cropping, market farming, integrated pest management, soil health and more. General "farm workdays" are also offered for the campus and community at large to come and learn about planting or harvesting a variety of seasonal produce.


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:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Annual engagement events include: Earth Days - a week of spring campus sustainability events or workshops; Harvest Days (not until fall 2013) - a week of fall campus sustainability events or workshops; Epicenter - an annual student conference focused on leadership and green careers open to both college and high school students; as well as other events throughout the year.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:
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A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

In fall 2012 we hired our first Compost Technician, a student intern position within the Center for Sustainability. The position is responsible for the daily operations of our compost initiative. Two more positions have since been added: a Recycling Intern and a Sustainability Intern floating position. Each three are staffed each semester with overlap over the summer as well.


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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available:
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