Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.07
Liaison Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson
Submission Date May 8, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Madisonville Community College
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Brittney Stevenson
Sustainability Coordinator/Business Affairs Specialist
Business Affairs
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Is the institution utilizing the campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in the following areas?:
Yes or No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services/Food No
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Other No

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Air & Climate and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The heating and air conditioning (HVAC) program at Madisonville Community College prepares students for careers as building contractors, heating and air conditioning franchises, independent businesses, plumbing supply and hardware shop owners, home improvement wholesalers, and more. The program focuses on applying technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service, and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Program courses include: diagnostic techniques, the use of testing equipment, refrigeration technology, and principles of mechanics and electricity.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Buildings and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Students complete Energy Audits through the AIT program on various campus buildings


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Dining Services/Food and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Not Applicable


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Energy and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Wind Turbines and Solar panels have been installed on campus for students to monitor the amount of energy produced by these products.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Grounds and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Biology Students have completed various studies on the ground cover in this area and what is sustainable on our campus for more green spaces.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Purchasing and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Not Applicable


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Transportation and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Not Applicable


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Waste and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The Humanities Department has incorporated student projects on litter and waste on campus and how it impacts the campus, students, and community. The Sustainability Committee is promoting recycling on campus through events and by sharing awareness information.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Water and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Faculty members and students participate in the Tradewater / Lower Green Rivers Watershed Watch volunteer water monitoring program. Volunteers visit a particular stream 3 times a year, and conduct stream-side tests for Dissolved Oxygen, pH, temperature, and conductivity. Volunteers do habitat and benthic macroinvertibrate (insect) studies and the data has been used to help the state Division of Water and local EPA to better assess water issues. This has led to improvement of around two dozen sites in Hopkins County alone.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Coordination, Planning & Governance and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Not Applicable


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Diversity & Affordability and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Multi Cultural Student Association focuses on the needs of the students and hosts various programs and events geared towards educating the campus and community on various cultures.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Health, Wellbeing & Work and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Students from our Nursing department host an annual Health Fair and prvide free tests for faculty, staff, students, and the community. This allows students the chance to utilize what they have learned while serving the public.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Investment and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Recently created the Business Synergy Lab and one of the goals of the lab is to produce a student-run enterprise that can be profitable and sustain the lab in the future. This will help students learn the fundamentals of investing funds to effectively run an operation.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Public Engagement and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

We have several student organizations that participate in community service projects. Some organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, and Lion's club partner with outside community services and volunteer through various events.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory in Other areas and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Not Applicable


The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
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