Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.33
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2022

STARS v2.2

Johnson County Community College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Kristy Wittman Howell
Sustainability Education and Engagement Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

Students have the opportunity to work with staff in the Center for Sustainability on research projects related to campus sustainability initiatives.

Student groups conduct regular, multi-modal community based participatory research (evaluations and interviews of faculty, staff, and students) to produce a map and narrative detailing sustainability work across campus.

Students in honors fora conduct similar research on sustainability-related problems on campus. Some projects proposed from that assignment include: incorporating water and energy metering lessons into relevant courses, creating a student advisory panel to support institutional decisions about branded give-aways, adding heart-healthy designations for campus dining options; distributed and expanded e-waste collection drives to educate more students about wasteful electronics purchasing; and development of a sustainability-focused student ambassador position within the student engagement office.

Students within the Student Sustainability Committee also participate in the AASHE Annual Conference, presenting posters at the student poster session and papers in the regular conference sessions.

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

JCCC offers in-kind and funding support to faculty with sustainability-related research interests and a plan to include students in their work. The faculty involved present their proposals to the Student Sustainability Committee for consideration.

Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

JCCC's Billington Library offers a sustainability-focused topic guide for students, faculty, and staff. https://jccc.libguides.com/c.php?g=511437&p=3494199

Other LibGuide topics (bioethics, COVID-19, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, among others) also intersect with work in the Center for Sustainability, and Center staff often support development and updates.


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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