|Submission Date||Feb. 3, 2015|
Kankakee Community College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
Dean, Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):
In 2014 our Sustainability Week activities were a series of films, presentations and discussions presented by faculty and students for students and staff. Activity topics included: Organic Gardening, The Water Straw Project (Phi Theta Kappa), GMOs the Pros and Cons (discussion), the Psychology of Sustainability, Energy Auditing and Passive Solar Design, Bike Commuting, Sustainability, Survival, and Primitive Skills Workshop, etc. The week's activities were capped off with our 3rd Annual South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) Student Sustainability Summit--a free student conference with a focus on food through the lens of equity, economy, and the environment. The Summit is for students, by students.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):
We do an annual student sustainability literacy assessment each April. The assessment is given to all students through the Dean of Students. In 2014 the scores on the assessment increased slightly over 2013 (average score 57.2 % to 57.7%)
The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
In July 2012 we began installing hydration stations (water bottle filling stations) at selected water fountains around campus. We began with three purchased with Green Funds and added two more with operation funds. We continue to add additional ones as budgets permit--and we include them in any new construction as well.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
As of November 2014 KCC has saved more than 31,868 disposable plastic bottles from needing to be recycled or going to the landfill, and saved the staff and students $50,670.12 in water purchases(@ $ 1.59 per bottle of water in the cafeteria), for 8,413 gallons..
The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
Power Hours: one hour sessions held on campus and in the community to increase awareness of the state of solar photovoltaics, offer insights from manufacturers, installers, utilities, and bankers, and to offer free solar site assessments to faculty, staff, and the community at large. Several solar installations have resulted from the effort.
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