Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.34
Liaison Barry Schwalbe
Submission Date Dec. 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.40 / 4.00 Greg Florian
Vice President
Finance & Administration
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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 No
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No
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:

NSEC - Carbon Capture
Richland constructed on campus the National Sequestration Education Center (NSEC), providing a local, regional, national, and international focal point for educational programming by providing an innovative experimental learning and knowledge transfer environment. The NSEC features "smart" classroom and laboratories interconnected to provide a state-of-the-art learning environment with "real time" sequestration data acquisition, monitoring, and analysis regarding injection and geological system performance from the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Sequestration (IL ICCS) project.


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:
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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:

Coffee Shop
Richland's student-run coffee shop opened June 2011 is a sustainable enterprise focusing on teaching students sustainable business practices.


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:

NSEC - Wind Power
Richland constructed on campus the National Sequestration Education Center (NSEC), providing a local, regional, national, and international focal point for educational programming by providing an innovative experimental learning and knowledge transfer environment. The NSEC features "smart" classroom and laboratories interconnected to provide a state-of-the-art learning environment with "real time" sequestration data acquisition, monitoring, and analysis regarding wind power generation, solar arrays, and biomass furnaces. Wind Power focuses on the 100 MW wind turbine generating electricity for the building.


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:

Richland's Student Farm
Richland's Student Farm is an outdoor classroom for research, demonstration and organic crop production. The site includes two production greenhouses (2,400 square feet), as well as two hoop houses (960 square feet) which allow for crop production through harsh winters. Resources also include a shrub nursery, an All American Selections Display Garden plus additional flower and perennial gardens (16,000 square feet), 16 farm plots (38,400 square feet.) with fruit trees, brambles, energy grasses and vegetables, a shade structure and student-designed and constructed walks, waterfall, retaining walls, patio and outdoor kitchen. All produce is grown using organic, sustainable farming practices.


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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:

Fitness Center
Richland is currently constructing a new Fitness Center, replacing the current Center constructed in 2008. The Fitness Center is open year round with universal weight machines, free weights, stationary bikes, stair climbers, and treadmills to provide an excellent cross-training workout. The Center is used for the Richland Personal Trainer Certification program, providing hands-on practical labs with the equipment.


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:
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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:

Farmers Market
Richland Community College’s Saturday Produce Market itakes place each Saturday from mid-May through mid-October from 8 am to Noon on the Richland campus and is open to the public. Offerings include plants, fresh fruits and vegetables grown by Richland students and local farmers, Amish baked goods, cheese, candy and fudge. Richland students are encouraged to particpate and have booths to sell produce to the shoppers. Adverstisements such as emails, flyers, and posters encourage faculty and employees to attend the farmer's market and support the students and the program.


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

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