Johnson County Community College

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
12:30 p.m. Central Time

The ACUPCC and Community Colleges: Learn how the ACUPCC and Second Nature can support community colleges moving towards carbon neutrality.
Brett Pasinella, Kresge Implementation Fellow, Second Nature

USGBC’s Community Green: How can the US Green Building Council support curricular development at, and the greening of, community colleges.
Josh Lasky, Manager, Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager, Moraine Valley Community College

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
12:30 p.m. Central Time

Sustainable Agriculture at JCCC
Stuart Shafer, Professor, Sociology and Chair, Sustainable Agriculture
Mike Ryan, Campus Farm Manager

Join us for a discussion of community gardens and sustainable agriculture programs at community colleges. We will discuss the different roles these programs play on community colleges across the nation including how they fit into holistic college sustainability plans. We will have two presentations followed by time for questions and discussion.

Growing a Crop of 21st Century Innovators: Adapting our Learning Garden to Changing Times
Erin Stanforth, Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
12:30 p.m. Central Time

Community College Sustainability Success Stories
Laura Lauffer, Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, North Carolina

A sustainability-related assignment in a General Psychology course produced a consistent change of sustainability-related attitudes across sections of the course over an 8 year period. Sustainability-related attitudes were measured in week 1 of the course. The assignment occurred in week 4. Post assignment attitudes were measured in week 11. Sustainability issues were not mentioned at any time during the course other than in the assignment. The data support the effectiveness of one assignment having a statistically significant effect on many sustainability attitudes that persists at least 7 weeks after the assignment.

The Chatham Cottage Project at Central Carolina Community College
Bob Riesenberg, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, Washington

In the fall of 2013, a group of students from varying backgrounds came together to accomplish one goal. This goal was to alter people's standards of living, to take a step forward by taking a step back. This idea has been transferred into one house, Chatham Cottage II. The plan was to build a small, affordable, energy efficient home with simple applications such as passive solar design, thermal break sheathing, and advanced framing techniques. The project is intended to be self-funded from the sale of the house (which sold in June!).

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
1:30 p.m. Central Time

Green+: The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Sustainability Initiative
Billie Hardin, Sustainability Project Manager, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Other KCTCS Sustainability Leadership personnel

Learn about the effort to implement sustainability plans at all of Kentucky’s community and technical colleges called Green+.  Great stuff is happening in Kentucky!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
1:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Sustainable Procurement: Issues and Case Studies
Andrea Desimone, Program Support Specialist, Green Electronics Council
Sam Hummel, Director of Outreach, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Erin Stanforth, Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College

How does one implement a sustainable procurement policy? What assistance can outside organizations provide in doing so? How can tracking purchases help colleges track GHGs? The presenters listed above will help answer these questions.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
1:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Green Transcripting and Credentials at Community Colleges
Bruce Sikes, Chief Academic Officer, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus
Ken Warden, EdD, Chief Business and Community Outreach Officer, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus
Jo Alice Blondin, PhD, President, Clark State Community College

How and why does one add green credentials to a college transcript? What value do students and employers find in this type of transcripting? Presenters will discuss how this was done at their community college and how employers view such credentials.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
12:30 p.m. Central Time

A "Greenprint" to Promote Sustainability Skills in the 21st Century Workforce via Community Colleges
Input from community colleges and their stakeholders is essential in the ongoing drafting of a policy recommendations "Greenprint." Forty-five national workforce and education thought leaders convened in April at the Pew Conference Center in Washington, DC for "Sustainability Skills Matter," a meeting to begin gathering input and developing an initial draft of the "Greenprint." The meeting was hosted by the Greenforce Initiative, a joint-program of the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program and Jobs for the Future with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. It was co-sponsored by the American Association of Community College’s SEED Center and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS). Julian Keniry from NWF and Gloria Mwase from Jobs for the Future along with other participants will discuss the outcome of this meeting and the ongoing drafting of the "Greenprint."

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
12:30 p.m. Central Time

Assessing Sustainability in Community College Courses
How do we know that courses that say they are teaching sustainability are doing so in ways that reach students? How can we measure the results that we all want to achieve? Gabe Estill and Stephenie Presseller from Moraine Valley Community College will share their experiences and methodologies with us for our April webinar.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
12:30 p.m. Central Time

Sustainable Agriculture Programs and Veterans
As concerns about conventional agriculture grow and the average age of farmers of all types continues to increase, community colleges are beginning to turn their attention to these crucial issues. Representatives from Johnson County Community College (KS) and Central Carolina Community College (NC) will share their stories. Also, Tia Christopher from the Farmer Veteran Coalition will talk about their work helping veterans transition into farming careers.

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Sustainable Agriculture at JCCC: Growth of a Program 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
12:30 p.m. Central Time

Education and Civic Engagement for a Sustainable Future and Green Job Growth
Dr. Debra Rowe, Oakland Community College
Dr. Bert Jacobsen, Kankakee Community College

Understand how to make civic engagement come alive on your campus and in your community while growing your sustainability programs. Gain useful tools from a pilot project being implemented by a network of Illinois universities and colleges (Green Universities and Colleges) and AACC’s SEED Center aimed at growing green jobs. In addition, hear  a summary from discussions between AACC’s Action Community and the Council on Environmental Quality at the White House and how you can engage students, faculty, and government relations staff in potential future sustainability-focused policies in play.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
12:30 p.m. Central Time

The Future of Campus Sustainability
With Dave Newport, University of Colorado-Boulder

A discussion about how campus sustainability may evolve, including what resilience as a concept might have to offer. Dave Newport offered a few thoughts and helped us discuss what’s next. Also, you may want to read some of Dave Newport’s provocative blog posts.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
2:00 p.m. Central Time

Open Forum
No presenters this month! We just had a discussion of reflections, projections, and much-needed vacations.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
1:00 p.m. Central Time

The Impact of the 2012 Election on Campus Sustainability
Jeremy Symons - National Wildlife Federation, Senior Vice President, Conservation and Education David Goldston - Natural Resources Defense Council, Director of Government Affairs

A discussion of what might or might not change on the national political scene in the wake of the November elections and also the media coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
2:00 p.m. Central Time

Sharing Resources and Efforts to Increase Civic Engagement to Promote Policy Change and Grow Green Jobs
Dr. Debra Rowe

Updates on AACC’s Action Community: growing green jobs through policy and civic engagement. Hear the latest, get resources, discuss solutions to our shared and diverse challenges.

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Tuesday, September 18
2:00 p.m. Central Time

Creating a Sustainable Curriculum
Lessons from the North Carolina Code Green Curriculum Integration Project

Holly Weir from Davidson County Community College discussed the Code Green project that was recently adopted by the North Carolina Community College system to integrate sustainability into a variety of course outcomes on a state-wide basis.

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Tuesday, August 21
2:00 p.m., Central Standard Time

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We had a quick welcome back from our summer break and then turned to a discussion of how to enlarge the discourse about climate change and energy market solutions with:

Conservative Solutions to Energy and Climate
Former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC), who is now Executive Director of George Mason University’s Energy and Enterprise Institute

The USGBC and Community College Partnerships
Vanessa Santos – USGBC will also
Discussed how community colleges can get one free year of USGBC membership

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
12:00 pm, Central Standard Time

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Utilizing Student Employees to Get Sustainability Projects Done
Michael Rea, Johnson County Community College
Michael discussed how he has obtained student employees and what they do on a daily basis.
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USGBC Students:  Sustainability and Student Involvement
Pamela Wallentiny, Howard Community College
Pamela discussed the impact that starting a student chapter of USGBC at Howard Community College has created.
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Using Campus Efficiency Projects to Engage Students
Ellie Kim, Project Manager
Green Campus Program, Alliance to Save Energy
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Applying AASHE’s S.T.A.R.S. System to the Community College”

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
12:00 pm, Central Standard Time

Stephenie Presseller
Sustainability Manager, Moraine Valley Community College

STARS, the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System developed by AASHE is gaining traction across the nation. It is an extensive review of the institution’s sustainability initiatives, doing its best to address all three tenants of the triple bottom line as it relates to higher education. Currently 300 colleges and universities are registered. Last year, 138 submitted their reports for rating, about 18 of which were community colleges. Stephenie will share Moraine Valley Community College’s experience going through the STARS process, including some highlights and challenges. She will also give an overview of what AASHE is learning from community colleges that are participating in STARS. There will be time for questions and answers.

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“Open Forum”

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
12:00 pm, Central Standard Time

This month’s webinar was an open forum giving colleges a chance to share their successes as well as concerns.  We also discussed the results of the CCv2.0:  Putting Sustainability to Work at the Community College conference.

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“Creating Successful Job Placements in Green Jobs: Key Strategies Using Policy and Civic Engagement”

Thursday, February 16, 2012
12:00 pm, Central Standard Time

Join national industry and college experts as we describe curricular and campus resources available to you to successfully engage in regional energy and sustainability policy efforts. Speakers include:

  • Todd CohenAACC and The SEED Center - will discuss SEED’s green policy action community and ways to get involved
  • Jay MurdochEfficiency First – Will discuss the industry needs and the policy actions educators and students can take to grow green jobs
  • Debra RoweOakland CC - will describe specific options and resources for colleges about how to effectively utilize civic engagement in the classroom and in the community to build a more sustainable economy and create more successes for our students
  • Amanda EvansSanta Fe CC

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“Prepping K-12 Students for a Higher Ed. Sustainability Education”

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 12:00 pm, Central Standard Time

Sustainability and green job programs are growing at community colleges, technical schools, and universities throughout the country.  But how is secondary education responding to help prepare incoming students?  Join us for a discussion on these programs and the students who are drawn to them.  What programs exist at your institutions and what types of “green jobs” are you training student for?  What do you expect from incoming students, and what do they expect from you?  What opportunities are there to form partnerships between institutions that strengthen sustainability and environmental education at all levels?  Your input will help inform a special committee that is working to evaluate the needs of of secondary school educators preparing students for sustainability and green jobs programs in higher education.

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KACEE Poll Results (XLS)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:00 pm, Central Standard Time

Brief SEED Center website walk-through followed by an open forum for attendees to discuss pertinent topics of interest, asking questions, providing tips for holiday travel.. whatever attendees would like to discuss!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 12:00 pm, Central Standard Time

This month we dealt with the difficult topic of engaging students in sustainability at community colleges where students tend to spend little time on campus.  We began with a recent survey done at JCCC regarding student attitudes towards sustainability and then shared questions and best practices.

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JCCC Student Sustainability Survey Results

JCCC Faculty Sustainability Survey Results

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 – 12:00 pm, Central Daylight Time

Topics included: GHG reduction/climate action planning, transportation, and student engagement.  We did not complete the student engagement section and will continue that discussion next month

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 12:00 pm, Central Daylight Time

The Community College Sustainability Webinar for  September took a more interactive format.  Several schools asked for the opportunity to gather data on several topics (green fees, transportation, continuing education, etc).  So, our September webinar was Part I of at least one additional webinar that we will focus on gathering instant feedback about what schools around the nation are or are not doing and discuss strategies around the topics we discuss. To be clear, this is not being done so much to gather scientific results as to promote a more interactive set of discussions about issues.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 – 12:00 pm, Central Daylight Time

Integrating sustainability into the general education curriculum. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – 12:00 pm CDT

Jim Elder from the Campaign for Environmental Literacy discussed the current state of sustainability issues on Capitol Hill and how community colleges can help drive policy. General questions and answers follows.

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