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Liaison Pat Van Duyne
Submission Date June 11, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Joliet Junior College
EN-3: Student Life

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

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

Students for a Sustainable Future: Employs the use of sound environmental practices, reducing our negative impact on the local environment, raising awareness on campus and in the community, and promoting social responsibility and global awareness.


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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:

Greenhouse and Gardens: These facilities are also used extensively by horticulture courses. The greenhouse is pivotal to our greenhouse production program. It serves as the lab for 2/3rd’s of the courses that student take to obtain their degree. Floral crop production I and II, plant propagation, as well as greenhouse management would be non- existent without the greenhouse. Students gain hands on experience producing floral crops, bedding plants and hydroponic lettuce and vegetables that are in turn sold to the public to support the greenhouse or in the case of vegetables, given to the local food pantry or the culinary students to use. Students learn all aspects of operating the greenhouse. The greenhouse also provide an excellent work experience for horticulture students employed as student workers. The greenhouse and gardens house plants used for plant identification throughout the year.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
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A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

The Culinary Arts department offers Advanced ala Carte cooking courses each semester. As part of the culinary art curriculum students work in The Saveur restaurant located on main campus. Both the back and front of the restaurant is student run. This year they added a sustainability focus, including growing herbs, canning and pickling, sourcing from local farmers, special dietary options, and several special projects like increasing recycling and compost efforts throughout the department. The students are gaining first hand experience on how to operate and maintain a sustainable restaurant which they will take with them into the profession.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
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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:

JJC hosted the fourth annual Student Sustainability Summit for the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) in April 2015. These summits are for the students by the students and include student speakers, presenters, and panelists, as well as providing sustainable networking and internship opportunities.

Earth Month is a month long celebration of films, speakers, green tours, and an expo of community sustainability organizations and businesses. This month is planned and executed by Students for a Sustainable Future.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:
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The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
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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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The website URL where information about the theme is available:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:
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The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
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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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The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

GTR (Garbage to Recycling) is a student founded and run initiative that seeks to bring awareness throughout the campus on how much recycling actually ends up in the garbage. These students spent two semesters collecting, tracking, and sharing the data they found on campus recycling habits in our shared areas.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available:
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