Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Sustainability

Welcome to the SKYCTC Sustainability web portal.

The word Sustainability is an umbrella term that encompasses many different ideas. The common theme of these diverseideas, when we think of Sustainability as cultural value that we should all strive to attain, is that Sustainability means developing, implementing, and promoting practices in all areas of life that conserve resources, maximize efficiences, and create an environment that can maintain itself in perpetuity.

At the center of the idea of Sustainability is an appreciation of humanity and personal responsibility. It takes human capital and hard work to create and maintain Sustainable environments - whether those environments are in an office, in a community space, or out in the woods.

At SKYCTC, the Sustainability Committee is charged with leading the campus commity in developing and promoting Sustainable practices across campus.

On this page, you will find information relating to the SKYCTC Sustainability Commiteee and some of the Sustainability related initiatives that are going on around campus.

Local Sustainability Statement

The SKYCTC Sustainability Committee seeks to establish and culture of sustainability on campus by supporting initiatives that:

  • demonstrate a public commitment to leadership in sustainability;
  • promote campus and civic awareness about sustainable practices;
  • present students with career and educational opportunities to show leadership in sustainability;
  • assist faculty in developing sustainability-based educational materials and curriculum;
  • and encourage efficiency in campus operations and resource use.

General Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of SKYCTC's Sustainability Committee is to develop, implement, and update the Local Sustainability Plan. The committee is also resonsible for suppporting the implementation of new sustainability projects; disseminating information from the Systems Office to SKYCTC faculty, staff, and students; and pursuing the mission outlined in the Local Sustainability Statement.

SKYCTC Sustainability Spotlights

A. SKYCTC Campus as Living Lab

5 femail students looking at flowers.Jake Fose, human ecology instructor, and Dr. Mike Riggs, culinary professor, spearheaded the successful growing of herbs in planters found on one of the main campus courtyards.

The Sustainability committee and ecology students began planting and maintaining a wildflower area on main campus beginning in the spring of 2015. This wildflower patch has reduced the maintenance of mowing and fertilizing the area, as well increasing biodiversity, water retention and filtering by the long rooted flowers. This project has been a great success; the wild flower patch has been used with several classes this fall and is also aesthetically appealing.

SKYCTC successfully added two new sustainability-related biology courses for students in the AA and AS degree pathways; BIO 120/121 (Human Ecology with lab) and BIO 122 (Conservation Biology.)

The CIT 122 course has incorporated a unit involving responsible disposal of hazardous materials, including E-waste, with an emphasis on recycling when applicable.

B. Diversity and Sustainability Partnership

Focus Area: Civic Organizations

The SKYCTC Diversity and Sustainability committees have begun partnering on a diversity/earth day event on campus.  This event offers students from different program areas to come together for a celebration of the earth and diverse cultures.  This is an ongoing partnership that we hope to expand in future semesters. 

C. Maintenance Department Sustainability Efforts

Approximately seven acres of the property surround the campus is currently allowed to “overgrow” which is then cut for hay and used for area farming endeavors. This happens around three times per year and reduces the maintenance of landscaping these areas.

Flowers chosen for the campus landscaping attract essential pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

To minimize trips and save mileage and gas delivering fuel to the Transpark campus, a 65 gallon gas buggy was purchased for the storage of gas which is used for ground maintenance.  This reduces the College’s carbon footprint.

Parking lot lights are in the process of being replaced with LED lighting fixtures in order to reduce the electrical demand from our overall lighting system. 

Multiple classrooms and offices use lighting motion sensors to further reduce the overall electrical demand from our lighting system.

The Transpark campus uses a geothermal heating and air system that is one of the most energy-efficient systems available on the market to date. 

D. Custodial Department Sustainability Impact

A large percentage of the cleaning products currently used on all of the SKYCTC campuses are Green Seal, Ecologically Certified and DFE (Designed for the Environment.  These include:

  • 100% recycled paper products
  • DEB Foam Soap and Hand Sanitizer
  • Daily Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Green Earth Glass Cleaner
  • Betco One Step
  • Green Eath Peroxide Cleaner

E. BIO 121 Ecology Lab Project

Group of students working outside on the BIO 121 class project.Students brought in coffee cans and re-purposed them into nest boxes for birds. We also incorporated some trash from the woods into a bat box.

 

If you have an idea for ways our College can improve its sustainability practices, please contact one of the 2016-17 SKYCTC Sustainability Committee Members: 

Maggie Hook Fose, Chair, Math and Science
Jessica Proffitt, Co-Chair, Allied Health and Nursing 
Jessica Bayer, Math and Science
Amanda Browning, Student and Organizational Success
Mike Bullock, Workforce Solutions
Om Dolby, Allied Health and Nursing
John Faine, Math and Science
Joey Finley, Advanced Manufacturing Technology 
David Jones, Arts and Humanities
Ali Bomar, Outreach and Community Development
Jeff Phelps, Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Gary Sanders, Maintenance Operations
April Shive, Allied Health and Nursing
Robert Hall, Maintenance Operations
Jake Fose, Math and Science