Johnson County Community College

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

April 2016

Date & Time Location Event Description
Apr. 15
1-5 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

Apr. 18
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hudson Auditorium, NMOCA

Epicenter – With an exciting day of nationally-recognized speakers and interactive leadership development opportunities, this day-long student-centered conference is a platform for students to learn about the economies of reuse. 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 attend this free conference and enjoy the farm lunch provided. For more information and registration, visit Epicenter 2016.

Apr. 19
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
CC 211

Sustainability/Conservation TED Talks - Join members of the Student Environmental Alliance to watch short, videoed lectures – TED Talks – on sustainability and all things environmental! We’ll have the popcorn! Do you have a TED Talk you’d like us to highlight? Let us know at

Apr. 20
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
RC 101

Stop Hunger Now Food Packaging Event - Join the movement to end hunger in our lifetime! Help us reach our goal to package 20,088+ meals. Working together we can create a world without hunger.

We are also seeking donations to our own JCCC Food Pantry. To help locally, bring a canned source of protein to the packaging event.

Visit Stop Hunger Now for information about world hunger and how you can help us end it. 

Apr. 21
1 p.m.
COM outside stairs

Sustainable Campus Walking Tours - Join members of the Student Environmental Alliance and Student Sustainability Committee at the foot of the stairs outside COM to take a sustainability related walking tour around campus – and use a student researched and designed sustainability brochure to help point out developments as you go

Apr. 22
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 157-C between April 11 and 15 (you can also bring clothing the day of the event). For every piece of clothing or accessories swapped, you will receive a ticket to swap out the equivalent amount of clothing at EarthFest on April 22. 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.

RAIN LOCATION - The event will be held in Carlsen Center lobby if it rains at this time.

Apr. 23
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
JCCC Clock and Clock West parking lots

Overland Park Recycling Extravaganza - Make plans to recycle just about anything on Saturday, April 23, at Overland Park's 2016 Recycling Extravaganza and shredding event. Open to anyone – residents and non-residents – the Extravaganza offers an opportunity to recycle more materials than ever before. Refer to Overland Park Recycling Extravaganza for more information.

Weeklong Events:
Bagless Bookstore
– This Student Environmental Alliance, Student Sustainability Committee funded project will help us keep both single-use cups and bottles and single-use bags out of the landfill. Buy a reusable cup or bottle at the bookstore or C-Store during Earth Days and get a free ChicoBag reusable shopping bag (retail value, $7) for your future shopping needs. Divert waste from landfill and reduce your carbon footprint – and don’t forget, you’ll get a $0.30 discount for using that cup on campus!

Double Punches for Reusable Cups – Bring a reusable cup to any coffee bar on campus and get double punches throughout Earth Days.

Campus-wide Idea Contest – Opens April 1, and closes April 30 - The Student Sustainability Committee wants to hear from you! 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, waste management, and many more. Be creative! Refer to the sustainable idea contest for additional information. 

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