Johnson County Community College

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Sustainable Classrooms

Sustainable Classrooms - Galileo's Pavilion

JCCC partnered with Studio 804, a design/build program at the University of Kansas, to construct a LEED platinum classroom building on the JCCC campus. Tentatively named Galileo Pavilion, it will house two classrooms, a lounge, kitchen and small meeting room. Construction began in December 2011 with an anticipated completion date of May 2012.

 

Recycling

Sing stream recycling signAt JCCC, by recycling paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, you not only help the environment – you help support students. The proceeds the college receives from all forms of recycling go to the Foundation to support scholarships. Since 1992, more than $53,000 has been raised for scholarships from all of the college’s recycling efforts.

Composting

Photo of solar powered composterJCCC’s composting program turns food waste into a valuable soil amendment, which is then used on JCCC’s Campus Farm. By composting, JCCC is decreasing the amount of waste going to the landfill, eliminating the need for synthetic farm fertilizers, and negating carbon dioxide and methane emissions that otherwise would have been produced by the organic material decomposing anaerobically in a landfill.

JCCC Campus Farm

Photo of the campus farmJCCC’s Campus Farm is located on roughly 2.5 acres in the Northwest corner of the main campus. The purpose of the farm is two-fold: to provide a hands-on educational experience for the Sustainable Agriculture program and to provide locally grown, chemical-free produce to the specifications of JCCC’s Dining Services and Culinary program.
 

Sunflower Project

Johnson County Community College believes that it must educate our students about the economic, ecological and social aspects of sustainability. The Sunflower Project is a grant program to facilitate the infusion of sustainability across the curriculum. JCCC faculty members may apply for funding to support sustainability curriculum development.