Johnson County Community College

Earth Days is JCCC’s biggest spring semester event. Held during the week surrounding Earth Day (April 22) we have a full calendar with dozens of ways you can get involved on campus, from harvesting lunch to hearing nationally recognized speakers.

April 2017

Date/ Time Location Event Description
April 14,
1-3 p.m.
Open Petal Farm

Crop Mob – Make friends and get your hands dirty as we volunteer to harvest greens, radishes and peas from the campus farm – to be served at Epicenter’s Farm Lunch on Monday. RSVP to

April 17,
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hudson Auditorium, NMOCA, and Regnier Center

Epicenter – With an exciting day of nationally recognized speakers and interactive leadership development opportunities, this daylong student-centered conference is a platform for students to learn about our shared water future. We’ll hear from leaders in the field, share resources and connect individual projects being led by students and schools. Students and teachers from any academic discipline, experience level or place on the map are encouraged to register to attend this free conference and enjoy the Farm Lunch provided. For more information and registration, visit the Epicenter 2017 page.

April 18,
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
JavaJazz, COM 

Java Jazz Label Table – Stop by our table for a free, dishwasher-safe label for your reusable coffee cup or water bottle. We’ll provide the labels, the permanent pens and the neat handwriting you need to make sure you don’t lose your coffee cup and can keep getting double punches every time you use it!

April 18,
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hudson Auditorium, NMOCA

NaturePlay Documentary Film – This award-winning, Matt Damon-narrated documentary takes the viewer on an inspiring, educational journey to the Nordic North in a cinematic portrait of childhood, education and play. Filmed in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the U.S.A., NaturePlay portrays the Scandinavian method of teaching, living and enjoying nature, juxtaposed with the high-stakes testing/high-stress educational culture of "rigor." The film has won seven international awards, including one for cinematography and a global humanitarian award. Running time 52 minutes. Panel with Q&A to follow.

April 19,
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fountain Square

EarthFest - Join the JCCC Student Environmental Alliance for easy craft projects with reused materials, people-powered snacks, recycling Jeopardy (with prizes for winners) and an Earth Days clothing swap!

Clothing Swap - To participate in the clothing swap, bring clean clothes in good condition to OCB 157C between April 3 and 11 (you can also bring clothing the day of the event). For every piece of clothing or accessories swapped in, you will receive a ticket to swap out the equivalent amount of clothing. No time to clean out your closets? No problem! Each piece of clothing at the swap will cost just $1 to non-swappers. Come early to get your best swap on! Proceeds will benefit the JCCC Student Environmental Alliance.

April 20,
1-3 p.m.
Composting shed near Open Petal Farm or Warehouse

Composting and Recycling Center Open Houses – Join student interns from the Center for Sustainability to learn more about our composting and recycling operations. Those who want to go to the composting open house should go to the compost shed; those who want to go to the recycling open house should go to the Warehouse.  

April 1-April 30

Campuswide Idea Contest – Opens April 1 and closes April 30 - The Student Sustainability Committee wants to hear from you! Sustainability-related proposals of all sizes are welcome. Projects can range from student awareness programs to behavior-change campaigns to infrastructure upgrades or installation. Areas of focus might be transportation, energy efficiency, upcycling or waste management, but there are many more. Be creative!

Criteria and awards are listed below for the Sustainable Idea Contest

Any student project ideas chosen for pursuit must meet the outlined funding guidelines. You may can review our current and past projects to determine if your ideas have been addressed. Projects can range from student awareness programs to behavior change campaigns to infrastructure upgrades or installation.

Proposals are determined based on:

  • Ability to be implemented
  • Total benefit to the campus
  • Depth of research and detail of proposal
  • Sustainability of the project (how long will the impacts last?)
  • Reach of impact (what/who does it impact?)

Proposals should also address:

  • Estimated project budget including cost savings, environmental impacts, awareness raised and any other financial information necessary to plan for the implementation.
  • Project must directly impact the JCCC student body or the campus footprint
  • Proposals must be submitted by JCCC students; this is a student contest

Receive a $100 CavCard - if your proposal is selected for development.
Receive a $500 Grand Prize - if your idea is the most impactful, original and well-developed proposal we receive during the semester.

Deadline: April 30
Submission: Email all proposals and supporting material or questions to or call us at 913-469-8500, ext. 2883.

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