Sustainability Matters: A Collaborative Discussion. 10/28/12 Dr. Jay Antle, Johnson County Community College. The History of Galileo’s Pavilion. Student Sustainability Committee Administrative Support Board of Trustees. Galileo’s Pavilion/Studio 804. LEED Platinum Expectations.
Sustainability Matters: A Collaborative Discussion 10/28/12 Dr. Jay Antle, Johnson County Community College
The History of Galileo’s Pavilion • Student Sustainability Committee • Administrative Support • Board of Trustees
JCCC and Sustainability • Why? • Globalization and Competition • Preparing our Students for a New Century • Climate Change • Greening Skill Sets
Impact of ACUPCC • Signified Senior Leadership Support • Specific Initiatives: LEED, Recycling, Waste Minimization • Brought a “Top” to a Grassroots Effort • Led to Integration in JCCC’s Strategic Plan
Mission Mission: • JCCC shall lead through example in integrating sustainability into its curriculum and daily operations, transforming the physical campus into a living, learning laboratory. Being an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible institution shall benefit the college in terms of enhanced educational opportunities for our students, cost savings, and recognition as a regional leader.
Goals Educational Goals: • Integrate sustainability throughout the JCCC curriculum and student experience on campus • Increase student and community engagement in sustainability initiatives • Become a regional leader in providing green workforce training Operational Goals: • Become a zero waste to landfill campus by 2025 • Make JCCC a 100% renewable energy campus by 2050 with 15% achieved by 2020 • Become a net-negative energy consumer by aggressively pursuing energy efficiency • Develop a sustainable transportation plan that focuses on increasing the use of public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, and other lower-impact forms of transportation • Measure and monitor social, environmental, and economic sustainability metrics and performance indicators
Challenge: Green Jobs? • 2009 ARRA Programs • Green Job Training Grants • No Federal Carbon Legislation • JCCC Programs- Energy Auditing, Solar Tech, Sustainable Agriculture • Sustainable Hospitality Internship Program • Continuing Education: Sustainable Business Leadership Certificate
National Leadership: Webinars and Conferences • http://blogs.jccc.edu/sustainability/events/
Campus as Learning Lab: Storm Water Project • ARRA/JCCC/Student Funding • 50,000 Native Plants • Student Water Quality Testing
Composting • Federal funding for in-vessel composting facility that is solar powered. • Full cycle composting on campus
Composting • http://blogs.jccc.edu/sustainability/projects-programs/composting/ • 43 of food tons since June 2011
Composting • Other options for composting around the country. www.findacomposter.com • Benefits: Reduce landfill costs, much better option than creating methane in a landfill, discover inefficiencies in food production.
Recycling and Waste Management • Since 1994, revenue to student scholarships • Summer 2011 - Single-Stream • Summer 2012 - Centralized Office Recycling and Trash (CORT) program
Recycling and Waste Management • Added e-waste, metal, deconstruction materials, surplus furniture management. • Benefits over last 3 years • Increased revenue from recycling, $30k. $70k since 1994 • Reduced landfill costs annually. $10k saved. • Analyze current system for schedule changes, etc. over $5k saved • Best for the environment.
E3 Sustainable Office Challenge • A “LEED” for Offices • http://blogs.jccc.edu/sustainability/projects-programs/e3-sustainable-offices/ • 20 offices in the challenge
Total Vehicles Entering JCCC • 12,925 daily – Spring 2011 – 12th week • 14,026 daily – Fall 2011 – 3rd week • 2001: 11,250 daily • 24.7% increase from 2001-2011 (Fall) • This percentage increase is nearly identical to the enrollment increase (24.4%) over the same time period • JCCC Commuters travel more than 55 million miles each year • That’s more than 7 trips around the Equator every day
The highest peak occurs Wednesday at noon with 84% of total parking capacity used
The highest peak occurs Wednesday at 10 am with 97% of total parking capacity used
Timeline Projections • Spring 2015 – 100% full, mid-day, mid-semester • Assuming 2% increase in vehicles per year – maintaining current linear relationship with the annual enrollment increase • Fall 2012 – 100% full 10am – 12pm, 3rd week of semester
Why building additional parking is an unsustainable solution • JCCC average surface parking lot size = 440 spaces • Surface parking lot per space cost = $4,000 • New 440 space surface lot = $1,760,000 ($880k/year + land use opportunity cost) • This buys less than 2 years of 2% enrollment increases with business as usual • Galileo Garage = 1,150 spaces • Parking garage per space cost = $15,000 • New garage = $17,250,000 ($3.45 million/year) • This buys less than 5 years of 2% enrollment increases with business as usual • 1,280 – Net parking space increase 2001-2011 • 2,776 - Vehicle increase 2001-2011
Express Bus Routes • Provide convenient, free-to-the-student alternative to commuting by car • Alleviate (or eliminate) parking problem indefinitely • Solution vs. Band-Aid • Much lower cost to the College than constructing additional parking
Parking Permits • Provide reliable funding source for transportation projects • Provide disincentive for single-occupant vehicle commuting
Other • Carpooling • Reserved parking for carpools • Bicycling • Safe bicycling paths • Covered, secure bicycle storage • Examine “non-transportation” solutions • Scheduling changes • Satellite campus locations • Hybrid/online classes • Update the Traffic & Parking study regularly • Confirm results, measure progress, and identify additional opportunities
JCCC Energy Brief Summary
Estimated Savings JCCC has saved an estimated $445,747 from January 2010 – August 2012 • Estimated using 2009 usage as baseline year
Curriculum: Sunflower Project • http://blogs.jccc.edu/sustainability/projects-programs/sunflower-project/
Students • http://blogs.jccc.edu/sustainability/students/ • Sustainability Initiatives Fund • Sustainability Sculpture Contest
What’s Next • Getting Serious about Mass Transit • Pushing for Additional Energy Efficiency Measures and Renewable Energy • Revisiting Board Policies/Procedures • Facilitating Conversations across Political Boundaries • Integrating Sustainability into Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment
Questions for Discussion • What does sustainability mean at your institutions? • What challenges do you face? • Does sustainability stand alone or is it integrated? • Implications of policy decisions?
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