Johnson County Community College

The Center for Sustainability at JCCC was Awarded 2016 Climate Leadership Award


Since the inception of our Sustainability program, we have received recognition through grants, awards and certifications.

JCCC is the 2016 Climate Leadership Award winner for a two-year institutions in the United States. The video to the right shows Jay Antle, Executive Director of the JCCC Center of Sustainability, explaining how the college has shown exceptional efforts in minimizing the college's climate impact, while educating students about leadership in sustainable practices.


  • 2016 - Climate Leadership Award awarded by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the national nonprofit Second Nature. 
  • 2016 - Outstanding Higher Education Award from the National Recycling Coalition.
  • The American Association of Community College's SEED Center Green Genome Award including $10,000 as part of the honor. The JCCC Center for Sustainability is one of the 480 community colleges who have joined the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center and were recognized at the top of the list. 
  • 2016 - NACUFS Sustainability Bronze Medal for Waste Management
  • 2016 - Mid-America Regional Council “Sustainable Success Story” Award for Composting Operation
  • 2013 - CSI Kansas City Chapter, Innovation in Sustainability Award for Galileo’s Pavilion
  • 2012 - United States Green Building Council’s Community College of the Year Award
  • 2012 - NACUFS Sustainability Silver Medal for Dining Operations
  • 2012 - Mid-America Regional Council “Sustainable Success Story” Award for Stormwater Project
  • 2011 - Silver Edison Green Award
  • 2011 - APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award for Stormwater Project
  • 2009 - NCSPOD  Education for Sustainability Award


  • UPS Foundation U.S. Local Grant recipient 2014, 2015, 2016 - Tree Planting
  • Department of Energy, Congressionally Directed Project, $713,625
  • ARRA Green Infrastructure grant, EPA – Stormwater Project, $560,000
  • EnergyWorks KC Green Jobs Workforce Development grant, MARC – Sustainable Hospitality Internships, $49,950


  • Chosen for inaugural group of Johnson County Government’s Certified Green Partners.