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
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Greg Florian
Vice President
Finance & Administration
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement Yes Yes
Public Engagement Yes Yes
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes No
Transportation No No
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability Yes Yes
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 2nd strategy within this goal deals with social sustainability with the curriculum. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

Develop enrollment and recruitment strategies for target audiences in new programs. Multiple programs were identified in July 2013. Increase enrollment for online and international students, target 10% increase.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Academic Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

Not applicable


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

Not applicable


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

Not applicable


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 2nd strategy within this goal deals with social sustainability in its campus engagement. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

Expand Richland Transfer Academy, target 30 students from 6 high schools. Goal met in 2013.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Student Engagement


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 2nd strategy within this goal deals with social sustainability and its relationship with the community. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

Improve Adult Education Program state ranking by 10%. As of NOV2013, 53% improvement.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Public Information


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

Complete HVAC program accreditation. Initial accreditation submitted in June for the HVAC program.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Operations and Technical Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

Monitor construction for the Clinton Extension Center for a planned opening in fall 2013. Construction completed with ribbon cutting on Nov 6, 2013.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Operations and Technical Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability; this is enhanced by Richland's Culinary Institute. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Complete accreditation for the Culinary Arts Institute through the American Culinary Federation. In progress as of spring 2014.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Economic Development & Innovative Workforce Solutions


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

Increase renewable energy laboratory (REL) activities with Engineering Technology credit programming and continuing education non-credit programming; target enrollment increase of 10% in progress.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Operations and Technical Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

Complete parking lot lighting project of incandescent bulb replacement with LED lighting. Project 95% complete.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Operations and Technical Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability. The 2nd strategy within this goal deals with social sustainability. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

None reported


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

Operations and Technical Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

Not Applicable


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

Not Applicable


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Not Applicable


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

Implement online delivery of courses for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). In progress; transfer to online delivery planned for 2014.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Operations and Technical Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

Complete Sustainability Walkway, a living laboratory of local plant life and water management practices. Walkway completed; continual improvements ongoing.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Operations and Technical Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 2nd strategy within this goal deals with social sustainability and community participation; diversity and affordability are inherent goals. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Provide district and state opportunities to promote diversity and social justice through the Diversity and Globalization Conference. "The Cultural Capital Revolution" was conducted in June 2013. Conference is annual event.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Student Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

The Strategic Plan encompasses three main goals. One of those goals is to Cultivate a Sustainable Institutional Environment. The 1st strategy within this goal deals with environmental sustainability. The 2nd strategy within this goal deals with social sustainability, including the employees, staff, and faculty. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan approved in May 2011 was crafted with input from internal and stakeholders. Surveys were distributed and input was obtained from students, faculty and staff members as well as top-level administrators.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Increase participation rate of full-time employees to 50%. For AY13, programs included 183 participants. Objective is ongoing.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Finance and Administration


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

Not applicable


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

Not applicable


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):

Not applicable


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:

Not applicable


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):

Not applicable


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):

Not applicable


The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
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A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:
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