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 2018

Date/ Time Location Event Description
April 1-30 All Campus

Sustainability Idea Contest – The Student Sustainability Committee wants to hear from you! Proposals for sustainability projects 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! Criteria and awards are listed here!

April 20,
1-5 p.m.
Open Petal Farm

Farm Work Day – Make friends and get your hands dirty as we volunteer to harvest greens, radishes and peas from the campus farm – all of which will be served at Epicenter’s farm lunch on Monday, April 23. RSVP to prior to the event.

Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. JCCC Campus

Recycle Extravaganza – Spring cleaning? JCCC is hosting the Overland Park Spring 2018 Recycle Extravaganza and invites you to bring your recyclable items to campus. This event is open to everyone – residents and non-residents. To participate, enter campus from the south entrance on Quivira Road.

For a full list of recyclable items, visit

April 23,
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Hudson Auditorium, NMOCA, and Regnier Center Epicenter: Telling Stories, Changing Climate –

With an exciting day of internationally recognized speakers and interactive leadership development opportunities, this conference is a platform for students to learn about environmental communication. We’ll hear from leaders in the field, share resources and more. Students and teachers from any academic discipline, experience level or location are encouraged to attend this free conference and enjoy the farm lunch provided.

For more information and registration, visit the Epicenter 2018 page.

April 24,
6-8 p.m.
Carlsen Center, CC 211 Film Night – Grab your popcorn and settle in to watch Climate Refugees: The Global Impact of Climate Change, an illuminating and instructive exploration of the ways societies experience climate change. This award-winning film tells the stories of people who have become climate refugees, fleeing rising seas and expanding deserts. A post-film discussion will take place.
April 25,
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
COM Plaza EarthFest  and Student-Led Waste Audit – At EarthFest, you’ll be treated to:
  • People-powered snacks
  • A clothing swap: To participate, bring clean clothes in good condition to OCB 157C after April 1. For every item swapped in, you will receive a ticket to swap out the equivalent number of items at EarthFest. No time to clean out your closet? Simply purchase an item at the swap for $1.
  • A waste audit: Help sort through campus recycling to identify contamination and learn about single stream recycling from our sustainability interns.
  • Fun and games, including recycling Jeopardy
April 26,
11 a.m.-noon
CoLab, OCB 100 Book Chat – Discuss an excerpt from The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. This award-winning book by Jeff Goodell has earned nearly every accolade available for science writing. Email for a copy of the selection.

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