Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.38
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date June 17, 2014
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Johnson County Community College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Kristy Howell
Sustainability Education and Engagement Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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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 No No
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement No No
Public Engagement No No
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food No No
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds No No
Purchasing No No
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water No No
Diversity and Affordability Yes Yes
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:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

Our Climate Action Plan is available on the ACUPCC site here: http://rs.acupcc.org/cap/793/


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

Please see our plan at: http://rs.acupcc.org/cap/793/


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

Jay Antle - Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability, and Center staff


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

Many of our building and energy goals overlap, so please refer to the Energy section for additional information.

JCCC's signed commitment to the ACUPCC commits us to LEED Silver or better standards for all new building on campus, which we have adhered to. We will continue this commitment moving forward.


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

LEED Silver certification, or the measured equivalent, for all new JCCC buildings.


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

Jay Antle - Executive Director, Center for Sustainability (and Center staff)
Rex Hays - Associate Vice President, Campus Services and Facilities Planning


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

We are continually identifying additional infrastructural, process, and behavior oriented projects to reduce energy consumption on campus. Some of these include HVAC and building system retrofits, lighting upgrades, scheduling modifications, and our e3 Sustainable Office Challenge program. These are completed on an ongoing basis during normal lifecycle replacement cycles as well as separate investment projects.


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

1. Make JCCC a 100% renewable energy campus by 2050 with 15% achieved by 2020
2. Become a net-negative energy consumer by aggressively pursuing energy efficiency


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

Jay Antle - Executive Director, Center for Sustainability (and Center staff)
Rex Hays - Associate Vice President, Campus Services and Facilities Planning


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

JCCC's Center for Sustainability recently completed two traffic and parking studies to count total vehicle traffic entering and exiting campus, estimate multi-occupant vehicles entering campus, and estimate parking lot usage over 48-hour periods. This data was used to formulate our plan moving forward to attempt to cap and then decrease single occupant vehicle commuting. In conjunction with our local transit authority, we developed two new bus routes that would serve JCCC students' needs for frequency, reliability, and proximity. This plan has been proposed to the JCCC Board of Trustee's Management Committee as a way to alleviate concerns about parking capacity in a manner that would be significantly less expensive than constructing additional parking on campus.

We also have additional plans in place to encourage carpooling and bicycling when possible. We have a carpool matching system to help students, staff, and faculty identify potential fellow carpoolers who live near them and have similar commuting needs. We also have plans in place to proactively add additional bicycling infrastructure to help meet bike commuter's needs.


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

At the time of our study, we know that 14,000 cars per day entered the JCCC campus. That is our baseline with a goal of decreasing that figure (relative to enrollment levels). A timeframe has been tough to formulate given budget conditions and other internal and external considerations. Our sustainable transportation plan has been met with serious consideration as an alternative to building additional parking infrastructure when the timing is right to do so.


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

Jay Antle - Executive Director, Center for Sustainability (and Center staff)


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

JCCC has a goal of becoming a zero waste to landfill campus by 2025. We have an extensive single stream recycling program (with many other additional streams to a lesser extent, many of which can be viewed here: http://www.jccc.edu/sustainability/projects/recycling/index.html), an extensive pre-consumer food waste composting program, and many waste minimization efforts across campus. Plans for the future include integrating waste minimization and product life-cycle assessment into purchasing decisions, altering our surplus property rules to allow for easier distribution to charities or organizations that can put items to their highest and best use, and examining the addition of post-consumer food waste composting.


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

JCCC has a goal of becoming a zero waste to landfill campus by 2025.


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

Jay Antle - Executive Director, Center for Sustainability (and Center staff)
Rex Hays - Associate Vice President, Campus Services and Facilities Planning


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

JCCC now has a diversity requirement for all AA, AS and Associate of General Studies degrees. Approximately 40 courses from across campus have been designated as meeting the Diversity requirement. JCCC has also adopted a Diversity learning outcome. Assessment is a current and future priority for the College.


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

The number of graduates from JCCC indicates the number of individuals being educated for appreciating diversity. Increased and enhanced assessment efforts will track the student educational experience and outcomes in diversity.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Academic Affairs, Office of Outcomes Assessment


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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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?:
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:
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