Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.74
Liaison Pat Van Duyne
Submission Date June 11, 2015
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Joliet Junior College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelly Larson
Grant Writer
Grants Office
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The Sustainability Committee is an institutional committee with cross-departmental representation which reports to the President's Leadership Council. The committee is chaired by the Dean of Technical Education, includes an education coordinator, active participation from the Board of Trustees and vets all initiatives through the Senior Leadership Team.

Business Practices Team Accomplishments
1. Recycle more paper – Bookstore now has recycle bins for all extra receipts, flyers, etc. - Facilities Services
2. Green products – Bookstore is carrying a new line of environmentally safe products for staff/students to purchase.
3. Elimination of Styrofoam cups in cafeteria - Purchasing plastic cups for staff to use in place of Styrofoam/paper cups. - Food Services
4. New Bridge/concourse furniture is LEED-certified. - Business & Auxiliary Services
5. The Bookstore is reducing paper waste by eliminating the large BuyBack flyer and going to a bookmark.
6. Double-sided printing initiative - Campus-Wide

Communication/External Education Team Accomplishments
1. Created information clearinghouse for all sustainability news.
2. Created Web site to publicize Sustainability Initiatives Committee.

Utilities Conservation/Carbon Reduction Team Accomplishments
1. Encouraged staff members to turn off lights when they leave their offices.
2. Increased task lighting on desks to eliminate over-usage of overhead fluorescent lighting.
3. Installed low-flow aerators in sinks to decrease water usage.

Other Accomplishments
• Food Services and Facility Services are recycling food (vegetable/fruit) for compost.
• Facility Services has completed their report on recycling throughout the campuses.
• Bookstore and Food Services are selling reusable mugs and sport bottles.
• Food Services is charging 5 cents for Styrofoam cups for water to discourage "one-time" use of cups and encourage the purchase of reusable cups.
• Green Purchasing – Beginning January 1, 2015, all paper mailings were eliminated for bids, quotes and proposals. All notification is now electronic.
Catherine Comments: Printers on campus are now double sided as a default setting.

Sustainable Teaching at Joliet Junior College
Through the sustainability committee's education coordinator and the college's curriculum committee, there is ongoing submission of new sustainable oriented curricula.

Joliet Junior College Master Plan Embraces Green Movement
The new Joliet Junior College master plan has gone green. The board approved plan has many sustainable elements and green initiatives that came from recommendations made by the steering committee, natural areas committee, and other members of the college community. Some of the proposed initiatives include:
• Green roofs
• LEED certification for new buildings
• Alternative energy used such as solar and geo-thermal
• Improved lake and storm water management
• Native, drought resistant plantings

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Joliet Junior College Sustainability Initiative encourages employees and students to become more responsible to environment, economic, and social equity that promotes living and educating in a manner that conserves resources necessary for life making sure these are available for generations to come.

With this in mind, the Sustainability committee, through its task forces, working in their respective areas, ensures that initiatives and projects are consistent with the holistic approach to sustainability. This can be seen, for example, by way of LEED certified buildings across campus. Task Forces include:

• Academics (Curriculum Committee)
• Information Technology
• Operations
• Procurement & Finance
• Student Engagement
• Sustainability Planning

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Name Department Role
Linda Aguilar Counseling F
Juan Alvarado Students for a Sustainable Future Student
Gisele Atterberry Fine Arts F
Kathleen Bailey Student
John Bialas Mathematics F
Brent Braski Facilities Services S
Tamara Brattoli English/Foreign Lang F
Paul Bringas Culinary Arts/Hospitality F
Stevan Brockman Manager, Land Labs, Bus. Aux. Services S
Brian Campus Bookstore S
Shannon Christ Student Development F
Bette Conkin Dean, Arts & Sciences Admin
Judy Connelly Manager, Employee Relations S
Layton Cooper Career Services S
Noella Dcruz Natural Sciences F
Laura Egner Mathematics F
Eric Gorder Fine Arts F
Adam Heidenreich English/Foreign Lang F
Cheryl Klemp Nursing, Allied Health and Emergency Svcs F
Susan Klen Board of Trustees Board
John Koepke Technical F
Susan Krause Social & Behavioral Sciences F
Shelly La Fevers CIOS F
Kelly Larson Resource Development S
Kristin LaTour English/World Languages F
Andrew Lenaghan Assistant Professor, Library F (Catherine COMMENT: Andrew no longer committee member)
Peter Linden Career & Technical Admin
Nataliya Marchenko Business Education F
William Martin CIOS F
Griselda Martinez Workforce Development S
Marlene McPartlin Career and Technical S
Laura Mejia Administrative Services S
Michelle Meyer Business Education F
Judy Mitchell Administrative Services Admin
Andrew Neill Natural Sciences F
Kerri O'Shea Athletics S
Terry Pagoria Food Service S
Virginia Piekarski Natural Sciences S
Susan Prokopeak Library F (Catherine COMMENT: not able to attend)
Maria Rafac Technical F
Nathan Ray Agriculture/Horticulture F
Janice Reedus Business & Auxiliary Services S
Karen Reid Social & Behavioral Sciences F
Samantha Ritz Comm & Ext Relations S
Richard Rivera Roads and Grounds S
Sander Robinson Natural Sciences F
Kelly Rohder Comm & Ext Relations S
Nick Romano Workforce Development S
Ben Roohani Director, Technology Services S
Patty Sanchez Employee Benefits/HR S
Sarena Schott Director, Development Education S
Nick Sciaccotta Custodial S
Jim Serr Information Technology S
Patricia Shue Mathematics S Catherine Comment: add Catherine Suchy name
Jeff Smith Sergeant, Campus Police S
Jennifer Steffes Financial Services S
Catherine Trezek Marketing S
Patrick Van Duyne Facilities Services S
Roxanne Venegas Purchasing S
Robert Verkler Nursing, Allied Health and Emergency Svcs F
Eric Wilhelmi Students for a Sustainable Future Student
Jeff Wisdom Engish/World Languages F

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Maria Ana Rafac, Education Coordinator of Sustainability - Peter Linden, PhD, Dean of Career and Technical Education

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Education Coordinator of Sustainability:
Full-Time Faculty

Dean of Career and Technical Education:
Academic Dean

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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