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-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sally Hopley
Coordinator of Sustainable Practices
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Summer Gardens

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

MCC is involved in many supportive sustainability partnerships with the local community. A highlight for the 2015 calendar year includes our partnership with local community partners at seven sites for the Summer Gardens program.
MCC has worked with the Peter Kiewit Foundation to offer a Summer Garden Program in which MCC hires, trains, and supervises staff to oversee the Summer Garden Program. The program is designed to provide children who may have limited experiences to gardening a hands-on opportunity to better understand where food comes from and the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating. The program reaches 250-275 youth from pre-school to 12 years of age, primarily from low-to-moderate income homes and representing a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The children come from 7 sites including Carter Lak, North and South Omaha Boys & Girls Clubs, North and South Omaha Girls Inc., Butler-Gast YMCA, and Kids Can! Community Center. The program is a consecutive 10 week program intended for youth to learn about nutrition, teamwork, and horticulture through a fun summer gardening experience.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Brownfields Project

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Since 2013, MCC has been working on a grant in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and EPA to assist on a local Brownfield project.
From 1883 to 1996, South Omaha was known for its livestock exchange, expansive stockyards, and the world's largest meatpacking industry. Omaha's early industrial development led to growth and prosperity, drawing thousands of workers to the area. The South Omaha Redevelopment Area (SORA) now is characterized by abandoned and underutilized industrial infrastructure dating to the peak of the meatpacking era. In addition to 237 state-documented spill sites, there are at least 500 known or suspected contaminant releases in the SORA. Almost half of the area's residents are Hispanic or Latino, and 16.6 percent of residents live below the poverty level. Assessment of brownfields will help to leverage redevelopment funding, and is expected to facilitate the South Omaha Redevelopment Planning process.
To aide in the redevelopment of SORA, MCC took on the brownfield program and assisted with the development of the Dorothy Patach Community Garden that had sprouted on the corner of 19th & O St. MCC hired a PTT liaison to assist the Sustainability staff with ensuring the needs of the Dorothy Patach Community Garden are met and to assist MCC in understanding and meeting the needs of the Dorothy Patach Community Garden Group. MCC assisted in the development of the garden through funding and staff time.
Additionally, as the garden becomes more established. MCC has partnered with the Dorothy Patach Community Garden to provide educational partnerships not only for MCC students, but also to the local community and utilizing the site as a living laboratory. In the Summer of 2016 MCC provided tools and infrastructure to assist in getting the garden off the ground.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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