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

Citing its commitment to sustainability issues within higher education, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) selected Johnson County Community College for a national Climate Leadership Award in 2016.

In partnership with the national nonprofit Second Nature, the USGBC chose JCCC in the category of two-year schools. Arizona State University was recognized in the four-year-school category.

The seventh annual Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at college and university campuses that participate in Second Nature’s climate commitments. This year’s recipients show leadership through practices, partnerships and initiatives designed to tackle some of the greatest modern challenges.

Jay Antle, executive director for the Center for Sustainability, said, “This award is a validation for all we do on campus to support sustainability. The (award) reviewers were impressed that we were active in lots of different sectors of sustainability, including student engagement, community engagement, facilities and curriculum…The award is the work of a variety of people in many departments making this campus a more sustainable place.”

Johnson County Community College has earned a STARS Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of campus sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Refer to the JCCC STARS Report on AASHE's website.

These initiatives and more are spearheaded by JCCC’s Center for Sustainability with support from the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC), a group of students who allocate the Sustainability Initiatives Fund toward projects that create a more sustainable campus. Several of these efficiency efforts have helped JCCC avoid $2.8 million in electricity costs since 2008.

“Gathering meaningful data on results is part of doing quality sustainability work. The rigorous STARS ratings system forces us to prove that we are accomplishing our goals through the use of data. Moreover, STARS provides a roadmap for us to plan further improvement,” said Jay Antle, Executive Director, Center for Sustainability. “Students, faculty and staff across campus should be proud of our sustainability accomplishments at JCCC, but we’ve got more work to do.”

With more than 800 participants in 30 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics, 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser said. “Johnson County Community College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions. 

  • 2017 - STARS Silver Institution Award by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education .
  • 2016 - Climate Leadership Award awarded by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the national nonprofit Second Nature. 
  • 2016 - Outstanding Higher Education Award from the National Recycling Coalition.
  • The American Association of Community College's SEED Center Green Genome Award including $10,000 as part of the honor. The JCCC Center for Sustainability is one of the 480 community colleges who have joined the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center and were recognized at the top of the list. 
  • 2016 - NACUFS Sustainability Bronze Medal for Waste Management
  • 2016 - Mid-America Regional Council “Sustainable Success Story” Award for Composting Operation
  • 2013 - CSI Kansas City Chapter, Innovation in Sustainability Award for Galileo’s Pavilion
  • 2012 - United States Green Building Council’s Community College of the Year Award
  • 2012 - NACUFS Sustainability Silver Medal for Dining Operations
  • 2012 - Mid-America Regional Council “Sustainable Success Story” Award for Stormwater Project
  • 2011 - Silver Edison Green Award
  • 2011 - APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award for Stormwater Project
  • 2009 - NCSPOD  Education for Sustainability Award
  • UPS Foundation U.S. Local Grant recipient 2014, 2015, 2016 - Tree Planting
  • Department of Energy, Congressionally Directed Project, $713,625
  • ARRA Green Infrastructure grant, EPA – Stormwater Project, $560,000
  • EnergyWorks KC Green Jobs Workforce Development grant, MARC – Sustainable Hospitality Internships, $49,950

AASHE Campus Report - June 2017 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 is an international campus reviewing body that supports campuswide commitments to sustainable decisions. Email the Sustainability office if you have questions regarding these reports.

AASHE Campus Report - June 2014 AASHE Report - In June 2014, JCCC completed the requirements to be rated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE is an international campus reviewing body that supports campuswide commitments to sustainable decisions. Email the Sustainability office if you have questions regarding these reports.

Sustainability Report 2010 Sustainability Report (PDF) - This document is JCCC’s third campuswide, fully participatory sustainability assessment, and contains recommendations for further action as compiled by members of the college’s Sustainability Committee. This report should not be seen as the final word on these issues, but rather should be compared to previous reports as an assessment of progress.

Annual Reports to the Community - JCCC publishes a report to the community on an annual basis. The report includes information regarding our programs, including Sustainability. Here are the following sections regarding our program:

Campus Wide Sustainability Idea Contest
JCCC Campus Sustainability Idea Contest

Leave a lasting impact on campus and the student body by taking part in JCCC’s Sustainability Idea Contest.

During the month of April, students are encouraged to submit proposals outlining their ideas for creating a more sustainable campus.