Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.38
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date June 17, 2014
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Johnson County Community College
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kristy Howell
Sustainability Education and Engagement Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainable Classroom Building Development

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

In pursuit of constructing a small classroom building on campus that could also serve as a "living, learning lab" for what cutting edge, green buildings can be, JCCC partnered with Studio 804 from the University of Kansas (KU). Studio 804 is a capstone course in KU's Master of Architecture program in which students (with some, but not much assistance from contractors) design and physically construct an entire building over one academic year. Studio 804 is organized as a not-for-profit so the building was acquired for well below market value, given it's extensive features. This project also provided the KU students with an invaluable, real-world experience of working with a client to complete an entire building from start to finish. This partnership between two higher-education institutions resulted in one of the flagship buildings on the JCCC campus and one of only ten LEED Platinum certified buildings in the state of Kansas.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing Yes
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Strategic Partnerships

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

For the purposes of this innovation credit, JCCC is claiming the process and strategic partnership between two higher-ed institutions as the innovation, not the resulting LEED Platinum building itself.

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