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Sustainability at JCCC

The College continues to uphold the pledge we made in 2008 to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. 

That promise has remained active in daily recycling and composting efforts, reusing campus equipment and construction waste division that has kept 64% of materials out of landfills and amassed over $450,000 for student scholarships. 

Our faculty have adopted sustainability course curriculum in nearly every major.

Learn more about our:

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earned from recycling revenue


lbs. of food waste composted since 2011

$8 M

saved on electricity since 2008


saved on trash hauling costs between 2010-2021


You make JCCC a sustainable campus—thank you!

As we strive to balance our environmental, economic and social goals, JCCC is developing even more resilient systems that will endure into the future.


Sustainability Goals

Our original goals include:

  • Students experience sustainability in curriculums, engage in green practices on and off campus and combat food insecurity through discussions and participation at the Open Petal Farm.
  • JCCC to become a zero-waste-to-landfill campus by 2025, a 100% renewable-energy campus by 2050, and reduce its carbon footprint, energy and water use.
  • JCCC and the Community to increase engagement sustainability initiatives, implement a sustainable transportation plan, increase community partnerships, measure and monitor social, environmental and economic sustainability metrics and performance indicators, resulting in a Gold designation from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

The College has achieved these goals by:

Sustainability Awards and Recognitions

JCCC has won dozens of national awards for its sustainability efforts.

Sustainability Reports

  • AASHE Campus Report – February 2022 AASHE Report - In June 2017, JCCC completed the requirements to be rated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
  • AASHE also named JCCC a Top Performer in the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index. JCCC boasts the No. 10 spot overall among associate college institutions and No. 6 in the United States.

Sustainability Statistics

Recycling Statistics

  • 64% materials at JCCC were kept out of the landfill, a process known as waste division.
  • $273,090 has been earned from recycling revenue since 1994.
  • JCCC saved $205,785 between 2010 and 2020 by reducing the amount of trash hauled.
  • From 2010 to 2021, waste to landfill at the College went down while recycling went up.
  • From 2010 to 2021, trash hauling costs went down by 50% and recycling revenue went up.

Visit the recycling dashboard

Composting Statistics

  • 795,897 pounds of food waste has been composted since 2011—enough to feed 398 Americans for a year!
  • 385,385 pounds of wood waste has been recycled since 2011—the equivalent to five 2,000-square-foot homes.
  • Approximately 566,760 pounds of compost has been created for use on the campus farm since 2011.

Visit the composting dashboard

Energy Statistics

  • More than $8 million has been saved since 2008 on purchased electricity lowering annual electricity usage by 37%.

Noel-Levitz Survey Data

  • JCCC student responses have indicated increasing importance in our successful sustainability work.

Read survey results - PDF