Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.44
Liaison Sarah Murray
Submission Date April 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Metropolitan Community College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Sarah Murray
Coordinator of Sustainable Practices
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups 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 the student groups is available (optional):
Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

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 gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

N/A


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
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Does the institution have 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

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

N/A


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

The Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series is in its fith 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, University of Nebraska - Omaha and Hastings College. 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.

In the Fall of 2017, MCC launched the Hubbard Sustainability Speaker Series which is a quarterly series sponsored by the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation. The series is an opportunity to bring in a local, regional, and national speaker on a related topic.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

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 events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

N/A


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

N/A


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs 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 programs is available (optional):
Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

Students are more than welcome to choose the Campus Planning and Sustainability Department as their choice of employer through work study programs.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:

N/A


The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the 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.


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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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