Johnson County Community College

Overview

The Sunflower Project 2.0 is a faculty award program intended to encourage and support the infusion of sustainability across the curriculum of JCCC and to strengthen sustainability as an asset to the educational experience of our students. Funds awarded are for the faculty member(s) to use as they wish, as an acknowledgement of their voluntary effort to support sustainability in the curriculum. It does not have to be used for course materials.

There are now five distinct avenues in which faculty can participate in the Sunflower Project 2.0!:

Criteria

Sunflower Project courses WILL:

  1. Convey to students the concept of sustainability as it pertains to their quality of life in their community, country and world.
  2. Apply new sustainability knowledge and understanding through an assignment, i.e. a reflection paper, research paper, group exercise, presentation, etc.

Sunflower Project courses will also SEEK TO achieve several of the following where applicable:

  1. Promote critical thinking and problem solving about sustainability issues, especially as pertains to their field of study and/or future careers.
  2. Advance discussion about sustainability topics within their field of study and/or their future careers.
  3. Inspire and allow for examination and reflection on personal attitudes and habits.
  4. Encourage students to think outside the disciplinary “box”, by making cross-disciplinary connections.
  5. Teach new technologies and discuss the context for their necessity in a sustainable future.

Integrating sustainability into your syllabus  Award amount: $500

  • Complete the application, attaching a scope of work or narrative on how and where you plan to incorporate sustainability into your existing course.
  • Submit to the Center for Sustainability along with syllabus reflecting integration of sustainability and any supporting materials, i.e. readings, assignments, etc.

Create one sustainability unit that will be used in more than one course – Award amount $750

  • Complete the application, attaching a scope of work or narrative on how and where your new sustainability-focused unit will fit into your existing course(s). While the unit may remain relatively the same, please go into detail about how it will uniquely complement the content of the individual courses. For this option, only one application is needed for multiple courses.
  • Submit to the Center for Sustainability along with syllabus reflecting integration of sustainability and any supporting materials, i.e. readings, assignments, etc.
Integrating sustainability into an existing course outline – Award amount: $750
  • Prior to completing both steps above: seek department Chair approval to update the course outline to include sustainability as well as cooperation and agreement from any additional faculty who teach the course that they too will teach according to the updated outline.
  • Email the Help Desk a request a new CORS site for a course update. Note: a course modification via Ed. Affairs is not required for a course update.
  • Follow steps on the CORS site including uploading the updated outline and sending it out to instruction for comment.
  • Meanwhile, complete step 1 for integrating sustainability into your syllabus above.
  • Have your department head approve the course outline changes after the two-week waiting period.
  • Complete step 2 for integrating sustainability into your syllabus above and include new, approved course outline.

Create an entirely new sustainability-themed course  Award amount: $1500

  • Pursue and complete both the course development process within your department and approval process through Ed. Affairs.
  • Simultaneously, complete the application, attaching a scope of work or narrative on how this new course will enhance the student learning experience and understanding of sustainability at JCCC and/or within a particular degree program. Submit to the Center for Sustainability.
  • Once course is approved, submit approved outline and any additional materials available to the Center for Sustainability.
  • Please follow up with syllabus and corresponding course materials when available.
Department or program-wide sustainability revision

With the Sunflower Project 2.0 we are hopeful to see departments push beyond individual course sections, to enhance foundational or required courses and/or program objectives with sustainability themes. This can take a variety of forms from case to case (Interior Design and Nursing are currently pursuing this option!). Contact the Center for Sustainability to discuss approaches and award availability. 

Support for this award will be dependent upon the course in question. Contact the Center for Sustainability to get started!

Ready to apply for the Sunflower Project 2.0? Download an application or email the Center for Sustainability.