Johnson County Community College

The following projects and initiatives were made possible by the Student Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability Initiatives Fund at JCCC:

Spring 2015:

  • Funded lighting laboratory in GEB (request from Interior Design students)
  • Committed funds to upcoming Carlsen Center renovation
  • Funded solar expansion on COM Building
  • Funded improvements for community visitors and students to campus farm
  • Funded improved, energy efficient lighting at Nerman Museum
  • Funded food and culture speaker series for 2015 Academic Year
  • Funded additional chair reupholstery (completion of request from Interior Design students)
  • Funded student designed and proposed food forest addition to campus farm (request from Sustainable Agriculture student)
  • Funded improved bins for campus food pantry (request from Model UN and Nutrition Club)
  • Funded lecture and performance by DJ Spooky
  • Funded update for GYM boiler system, improving water and energy efficiency

Fall 2014:

  • Las Pintas Solar Thermal Trip
  • Matched funding to purchase reusable cups for students attending orientation sessions
  • AASHE Conference attendance – learn about our experiences here.
  • Improved and increased efficiency of lighting in student gallery spaces on campus

Spring 2014:

  • Interior Design Students – Chair reupholstery project
  • Solar Thermal system for hot water in GYM
  • New bins for Food Court / Down Under

Fall 2013:

  • Student subsidy for pilot of 3-credit hour interdisciplinary and immersive outdoor education spring break trip to Big Bend National Park, in partnership with Wildwood Education Center.
  • Sponsorship of dinner for Vandana Shiva at JCCC in partnership with Cultivate KC, in exchange for free JCCC student tickets to her Kansas City keynote address.
  • Funding for travel and materials for 10 JCCC students to take part in the Las Pintas Solar Experience.
  • Renewed annual funding for ongoing supply and maintenance improvements to the campus recycling and compost initiatives.
  • Provide supplemental funding to Campus Services in order to complete the installation of occupancy sensors in campus classrooms.
  • Purchase of brushed metal recycling bins for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, to better match their aesthetic goals and promote waste diversion in that location.
  • Funding for a 3rd student intern position within the Center for Sustainability to help with compost, recycling, surplus and other efforts.
  • Established an engagement event budget for more efficient execution of smaller material or food purchases, such as regular farm lunch buffets.
  • Honorarium and travel for Epicenter keynote speaker on ethical fashion design, Summer Rayne Oakes.
  • Provided supplemental funding to Campus Services to perform a year's worth of seasonal maintenance on the Southeast Quadrant Stormwater Project.
  • Purchase of an electric truck for various uses by the Center for Sustainability, specifically the collection and delivery of compost, specialty recyclables, such as electronics, surplus and more.

Spring 2013:

  • Purchase of a sub-compact tractor to serve multiple purposes for both the Campus Farm and Compost Initiative, including mowing, collecting, tilling, and lifting and moving compost
  • Funded summer internships for two Sustainable Agriculture students on the Campus Farm
  • Materials for the Solar Technology students to install a solar heating system on their off-grid lab
  • Creation of signage for the Olathe Health Education Center conveying detail about the sustainable features that earned it LEED Gold Certification
  • Installation of occupancy sensors in classrooms across campus
  • Provided for the purchase of new disposal bins in theFood Court, allowing for improved sorting and waste diversion
  • Approved funding to start a college bike share program
  • Funded reupholstery of 24 campus arm chairs scheduled for replacement
  • Funded travel and materials for JCCC Solar Technology students to travel to Las Pintas, Mexico to install solar water heaters for the local community
  • Contributed funding in partnership with Performing Arts to host Hayseed by Susan Werner in fall 2013
  • On-campus installation of HAVEN, an art sculpture that provides undisturbed habitat for bees
  • Speaker fees for the Kansas Academy of Science Conference hosted at JCCC.

Fall 2012:

  • Purchase of campus CavCard prizes for a recurring JCCC Student Sustainability Call for Proposals.
  • Contributed funding in support of sustainability speakers at the Horticulture Sciences Field Day.
  • Software and conversion to an SQL database, making a campus energy dashboard possible.
  • Registration and travel fees for Sustainable Agriculture students to attend the Great Plains Growers Conference.
  • Materials for an Environmental Science Lab’s bat box project, two of which will be installed on campus.
  • Design documents for a proposed Solar Thermal installation on the campus GYM.
  • Allotted funding for various supplies and equipment to improve and sustain campus Recycling and Compost initiatives. 
  • New plantings and seeding for the campus Southeast Quadrant Stormwater Project
  • Funded the purchase of a used Prius, Honda Hybrid, parts and tools for a Hybrid Auto Repair curriculum within the campus’s Automotive Technology program.
  • Catering for the campus’s second annual student sustainability conference, Epicenter 2012, so that admission could remain free.
  • Funded materials and supplies for the creation of five campus solar-charging stations, to be built by Solar Technology and Welding students
  • Approved ongoing funding for student internships in Compost and Recycling within the Center for Sustainability.
  • Stipend for student graffiti artwork on the Solar Technology classroom

Spring 2012:

  • Funded plumbing, irrigation and the purchase of supplies for a satellite site for the sustainable agriculture certificate program in partnership with the Common Ground Program in Lawrence, KS
  • Funded student travel to a regional higher education sustainability conference at which student committee members presented about the creation and function of the Student Sustainability Committee
  • Funded a Student Sustainability Idea Contest among the student body at large
  • Funded a Summer Compost Internship for a JCCC student to facilitate the campus’s compost operation
  • The purchase of a trailer to haul food scraps to the composter and compost to the campus farm
  • The purchase of mini trash bins for individuals and common-area recycling containers for distribution to campus offices as part of the campus’s forthcoming Centralized Office Recycling and Trash (CORT) program
  • The purchase of LED bulbs for exchange on campus, specifically within the signage identifying campus buildings, can lights in hallways and on building exteriors
  • Landscape maintenance for JCCC’s stormwater management system
  • Funded the development of construction documents for a student-designed potting shed for the Children’s Garden at the Hiersteiner Child Development Center
  • A second iteration of the sustainable sculpture contest. Four new student sculptures were installed this spring.

Fall 2011:

  • Contributed to the installation of "Kansa," an earthwork by artist Stan Herd featuring native plants and limestone on JCCC’s campus
  • An underground irrigation system for the Campus Farm
  • The purchase of supplies for a Solar Cycle competition for local grade school students hosted by JCCC
  • The purchase of food for and presenter travel to and from the Epicenter 2011: Generating Student Sustainability Leadership conference hosted by JCCC, in order that students could attend free of charge
  • Contributed to the funding for Studio 804’s Galileo’s Pavilion to be built on JCCC’s campus
  • Funded the consultation on and creation of a landscape improvement and maintenance plan for the campus “marsh” area
  • The purchase of supplies for an Interior Design special topics course on re-upholstery
  • The purchase of supplies to continue efforts by our Early Childhood Education department to include outdoor education as a focus of its curriculum

Spring 2011:

  • Contributed funding for sustainable elements of a planned Japanese Garden on campus
  • A campus traffic study to inform a sustainable transportation plan
  • A sustainable sculpture contest among JCCC Sculpture students, winners were then installed on campus for display
  • The purchase of a new Toyota Prius for JCCC’s Driver’s Education program
  • The installation of a solar thermal water heating system at the campus Horticulture Center
  • The production of up to five sustainability-focused video pieces, created by JCCC video production students, for KCPT’s The Local Show
  • Co-sponsorship with JCCC's Performing Arts Series for a performance of Bella Gaia for the campus and larger community
  • The purchase of four enhanced campus recycling stations for high traffic areas

Fall 2010:

  • The purchase of a chipper to divert campus yard waste from the landfill while creating a useful mulch
  • The purchase of a tiller, plow, produce cooler and other equipment to support the operations of the Campus Farm
  • The purchase of two additional Hydration Stations for installation on campus

Spring 2010:

  • The purchase of fruit trees for the Children’s Garden at the Hiersteiner Child Development Center
  • The purchase of a cardboard compactor to make campus recycling more efficient
  • The purchase of three BigBelly Solar units for efficient recycling and waste collection within JCCC’s courtyard and plaza.
  • Contributed to a stormwater management project to treat storm runoff from 21% of parking and driving surfaces on campus
  • The purchase of two Hydration Stations to promote the use of reusable water bottles
  • A renewable energy feasibility study of the campus
  • The annual funding of a full-time Sustainability Engagement Coordinator position within the Center for Sustainability