Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 29.05
Liaison Sally Hopley
Submission Date March 31, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Metropolitan Community College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Sally Hopley
Coordinator of Sustainable Practices
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes ---
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles No
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences No
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

MCC has an Ecology club that tries to meet monthly. The club discusses ecology matters and focuses on conservation of natural areas.


The website URL where information about student groups is available:
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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The Fort Omaha Campus quarter-acre garden is an exercise in urban agriculture; dozens of varieties of vegetables are grown without pesticides and chemicals in a small area. The garden is used for classes from the Horticulture and Culinary programs as well as community education.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

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The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

The Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series is in its third year. The SLPS program is a partnership with Central Community College, Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, Metropolitan Community College, University of Nebraska - Lincoln Environmental Studies and WasteCap Nebraska. The program is active throughout the academic year and brings in a speaker monthly to discuss various sustainability focused topics. The presentation is filmed live at one location and webcast live to the other organizations. The presentation is free and open to students, staff, faculty and the community.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

MCC holds an annual Intertribal Powwow in the fall. This event is intended for students, but is also open to community members. To show respect for the performers and guests of the Powwow, MCC incorporates as many sustainable options for the operation of the event as well as through the message of the importance of taking care of the earth.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

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The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

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The website URL where information about the theme is available:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

MCC offers many continuing education courses that are available to students in which they can learn the basic mechanics of fixing a bike, bicycle safety and other bike related skills. Additionally, students can also take continuing education courses in small urban farming which can teach them how to create and maintain a small garden with the ability to grow their own food.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

Students are more than welcome to choose the Campus Planning and Sustainability Department as their choice of employer within the AmeriCorps program or the MCC Corps program.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:

N/A


The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Students are encouraged to sit on the Tree Campus USA Committee as well as participant in any of the Sustainability Subcommittees.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available:
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