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Sustainability events

Earth Days

Earth Days

Celebrate our planet March 28 – April 30 through these exciting activities on campus.

Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt

Mon. Apr. 1 – Tue. Apr. 30 | Download the iNaturalist app

Compete with JCCC student, faculty, and staff to see who can spot and identify the most wildlife on campus, in local parks, neighborhoods, and backyards. Discover what plants and animals share our diverse environment. Prizes will be awarded during the Student Environmental Alliance meeting May 6.

Sponsored by the JCCC Student Environmental Alliance. Learn more and RSVP.

Eco Exchange Bins

Mon. Apr. 1 – Mon. Apr. 28 | CoLab (OCB 100), The Nook (SC, 1st floor), MTC (2nd floor), and CLB (2nd floor)

Spring cleaning? Donate much-needed items listed below to nonprofits in the provided drop-off boxes. The Center for Sustainability will get them to those who need them most.

  • Blue Jeans Go Green: Worn-out denim blue jeans will be repurposed into insulation.
  • Thrift and Thrive: Help students outfit their first apartment with small housewares, kitchen items, and decor. You can also donate clothing, school or craft supplies, and other small items to be sent to local non-profits.
  • Personal Shredding: It's tax time! Load your personal papers into a secure bin provided by the JCCC warehouse to be shredded and recycled by ProShred.

Find out more about Eco Exchange Bins.

Campus Cleanup with the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA)

Mon. Apr. 22 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Meet at the Hare and Bell sculpture in front of LIB

Help clean up some of our natural areas around campus as a group! Gloves and bags provided.

Un-Can-It for the Planet

Wed. Apr. 24 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | COM Plaza

Lend a hand and compost the expired canned food from the Student Basic Needs Center (BNC) with the Center for Sustainability.

Clean out your own pantry and get your expired or stale food composted too (expired jars, cans, bags/boxes of food, etc)! Please, no refrigerated or frozen items unless you bring them directly to the event on April 24 at 11 a.m.

We ask that in exchange for composting your expired food, you drop it off with a donation of edible food or personal hygiene item for the Student Basic Needs Center. You can drop your expired food and donations at the BNC in GEB 153, or the Center for Sustainability in CSB 165, or bring them to the event.

Garden Party – Plant Starts and Produce Sale

Wed. Apr. 24 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | COM Plaza

Stop by the Open Petal Farm table and get some plant starts for your spring garden, or something tasty for this week’s dinners with fresh produce from the campus farm.

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Want to be a sustainability change-maker? Epicenter is a free, annual conference geared for high school juniors/seniors and college undergrads looking to learn the latest in sustainability trends.

JCCC Epicenter 2024: Local Environmental Justice
Fri., Apr. 26, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Visit Epicenter website and register for conference

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Harvest Dinner 2024

Sustainability students are counting on you!

JCCC Harvest Dinner 2024
Fri. Aug. 23 | Capitol Federal Conference Center
6-7 p.m. Reception | 7-8:30 p.m. Dinner

Take a seat at JCCC’s celebrated farm-to-table dinner, the community-based annual event that supports a new generation of Sustainable Agriculture Students.

Savor a three-course dinner, expertly crafted by local restauranteur and JCCC chef apprentice program alumnus, Chef Vincent Paredes, using fresh produce from JCCC’s Open Petal Farm and other nearby producers.

$60 per person
$600 per table (seats 8)

Seats go quickly! Reserve your spot on or before August 11.

Tickets go on sale June 3 – purchase here

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Student Sustainable Ideas Contest

Want to fund infrastructure upgrades? Create a behavior-changing campaign? Raise awareness to other JCCC students? Leave your impact on campus with JCCC’s Sustainability Idea Contest.

Submit proposals outlining your ideas for creating a more sustainable campus.

Learn more