Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.94
Liaison Bert Jacobson
Submission Date Feb. 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Kankakee Community College
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bert Jacobson
Dean, Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Solar for Schools

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

KCC is one of four Illinois community colleges selected to participate in this pilot program that offers teacher professional development, curriculum resources, technical assistance and instructional equipment to middle school and high school teachers across the state of Illinois to help them incorporate solar energy topics into their classroom. The Illinois Solar for Schools project team is comprised of personnel from the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, in partnership with staff and support from the Illinois Green Economy Network. Participating middle and high school teachers will receive professional development workshops, a classroom set of solar energy laboratory kits for hands-on experimentation, curricula and lesson plans, and technical assistance if they choose to pursue installation of a 1 kW solar photovoltaic system on the school grounds.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The outcomes of the project that are measured include:
• To engage school teachers and students in energy education, specifically targeting solar energy.
• To engage local middle and high schools within community college districts, and share teaching resources highlighting solar energy as an alternative energy source and an economic future for America.
• To build relationships with local middle and high schools and their population of potential community college students.
• To equip local middle and high school teachers and students with knowledge of solar energy systems in order to provide the growing U.S. solar industry with interested and equipped solar energy professionals.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Campus Engagement ---
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate ---
Buildings Yes
Dining Services ---
Energy Yes
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste ---
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Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment Yes

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
College preparedness, STEM training

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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