Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Bert Jacobson
Submission Date Feb. 3, 2015
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Kankakee Community College
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Bert Jacobson
Dean, Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

We have many supportive community sustainability partnerships including a community garden, River Clean-ups, and various conservations projects. All are multi-year and include either staff (and student) support, resource sharing, or endorsement. Campus and community leaders are engaged in the development of many of the project.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

The Council for Community Sustainability is a collaborative sustainability partnership with the community. The group addresses many sustainability challenges in the community, shares expertise among the members, and promotes projects. The Council meets bi-monthly and is ongoing. KCC provides a venue, staff, and material support (including lunch for the meetings), and both campus and local community members are engaged in agenda setting, decision-making, and project development.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

Green Drinks Kankakee is transformative in many respects. The event is ongoing and meets monthly from February through November each year. The topics and discussions tend to catalyze community resiliency and local sustainability by addressing and supporting local efforts of well-being, economic prosperity, and environmental health. KCC provides the staff and material support for the monthly programs. Community stakeholders (the growing list now contains about 150 interested parties) are engaged in program development, presentations, and review.
Another example is the Illinois Green Economy Network, of which KCC is the founding member. The purpose of IGEN is to leverage the strengths of all 48 Illinois community colleges to promote sustainability on campus, in the curriculum, and in the community and to share these initiatives with each other.

+ Date Revised: Feb. 6, 2015

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

As a member of the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC), KCC collaborates with businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, higher education and community members in building bridges, filling in gaps, and using what is available today to address our current and future political, economic, social, and environmental challenges.


The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

The URL listed above is about SMHEC. The Council for Community Sustainability and Green Drinks can be found here: http://www.kcc.edu/Community/sustainability/Pages/sustainabilitycommittees.aspx
Various supportive community sustainability6 activities can be found here: http://www.kcc.edu/Community/sustainability/Documents/SustainabilityReport2013.pdf

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