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
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Douglas Brauer
Vice President for Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Solutions
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Green Guide

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Richland has developed a K-12 educational component focused on renewable energy and other global sustainability practices. The Green Guide: A Curriculum of Global Sustainability was developed by Richland in collaboration with Decatur Public Schools, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Coal Development (DCEO-OCD), the U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL), and the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).

The Green Guide was developed for grade levels K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12, providing students with interactive learning activities in five topic areas: (1) Sustainable Agriculture, (2) Wind Energy, (3) Solar Energy, (4) Recycling, and (5) Carbon and Climate Change. Each topic area is designed with classroom readiness in mind. The guide provides teachers with overview statements and objectives for quick referencing. The guide also states the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core for English Language Arts and Mathematics, and Technology Standards that are addressed in each topic. All of the topic areas are provided with materials lists, key terms, pre-instructional activities, and PowerPoint presentations with teacher background information. Companion student activities and assessments with printable handouts and rubrics are also provided. The five topic areas conclude with ideas for supplemental enrichment activities. A Tool Kit that contains materials for hands-on activities accompanies each Green Guide.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The Green Guide was just produced in 2014 so outcomes have not been measured as of this report.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Campus Engagement ---
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings ---
Dining Services ---
Energy Yes
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Transportation ---
Waste ---
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
K-12 Education

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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