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e3 Sustainable Workplace Challenge

Participating in the e3 Sustainable Workplace Challenge demonstrates your office’s commitments to ecology, efficiency, and education. This is a voluntary program to help guide offices and departments in making JCCC a more sustainable institution from the ground-up. The program’s intents are to help your office and JCCC lead by example, decrease waste, save money, and decrease JCCC’s environmental impact though simple, everyday actions.

How the Challenge Works

Flower Plaque
Plaque Displays Petals Earned

The e3 Sustainable Workplace Challenge is organized around a checklist of sustainability initiatives for your office to complete. These initiatives are separated into 6 focus areas and assigned a point value. The goal is simple: earn as many points as you can by completing additional items on the e3 checklist.

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Purchasing
  • Events and Meetings
  • Transportation
  • Engagement

The Prize

Every good challenge needs a trophy, right? This is no exception. As your office accomplishes more initiatives, you earn more points. These points earn you petals to place on your office’s sunflower plaque to show others your progress. The goal is to fill your plaque with petals to display in your work area. 

The e3 challenge is simple and easy. Begin by notifying your office manage of the challenge to get approval. We recognize that every office is unique and the program is intended to be flexible. There is also plenty of room for this program to grow, so if you have additional ideas please send them to Michael Rea.

  1. Email Michael Rea to register your office for the challenge.
  2. Request the e3 Checklist from Michael Rea.
  3. Go through the checklist to familiarize yourself with it and to see what your office is already doing. Chances are several of the initiatives will be covered.
  4. Schedule an e3 consultation in which we can help identify areas of improvement and provide solutions. Make sure this is scheduled as an all-office meeting – everyone in the office needs to be aware of it.
  5. Set Goals. Once your baseline score is established, your office should select a few initiatives that it would like to achieve in the next 6 months. Offices will report their progress every 6 months. (Be sure to download the fact sheets and cheat sheets from the InfoShare site to help guide you to completing several of the Checklist items.)
  6. Be recognized! The Office of Sustainability will share each office’s achievements with the entire JCCC community.
Rank Department or Office #Petals Earned
1 Web Publishing 10.36
2 Records 8.60
3 Business Division 8.24
4 Performing Arts Front Office 7.94
5 Publications 7.73
6 Institutional Research 7.06
7 Educational Technology Center 6.86
8 Marketing/Communication 6.83
9 Administration of Justice 6.79
10 Performing Arts Ticket Office, Vol Stars, and Arts Education 6.62
11 Institutional Advancement 6.56
12 Community Outreach 6.37
13 Career Development 6.31
14 Science Division 5.83
15 Performing Arts Back Office 5.76
16 Vice President of Instruction 5.30

The Center for Sustainability is also participating in the e3 program. As one of the intents of the program is to recognize efforts being made by offices and departments throughout JCCC, we are not ranking ourselves. Currently we have 10.02 petals. We, too, have room for improvement in our sustainability efforts.

ROSE Store - Reusable Office Supply Exchange

ROSE, Reusable Office Supply Exchange,  was created to share your office supplies that are no longer needed. Materials purchase by the college are to remain on campus and you are encouraged to use our Rose exchange system for any reusable office supplies including binders, staplers, file folders, pens, computer cables, skeletons, etc. However, computers, monitors, scanners, printers, furniture or anything with an inventory sticker may not be donated to the exchange. You can also bring used books in any condition to the exchange. Contact Michael Rea if you have questions. 

Location: GEB 212
Spring 2016 Hours: Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Summer 2016 Hours: Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Large Item Reuse - The college actively promotes the reuse of items. When items can no longer find a home, they are auctioned to the public through an online site. The auction is open to everyone who registers.

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The Sustainable JCCC Award is given annually in recognition of exemplary actions by an individual or team of JCCC employees to create a more sustainable campus.

This award is designed to reward efforts above and beyond the basic requirements of the E3 Office Program or basic job responsibilities. Preference is given to projects with greatest impact, but all scales of projects are considered.


Team Award: 
Information Services - Barbara Larson, Tom Pagano, Matthew Holmes, Del Lovitt, Mary O'Sullivan, Shannon Ford, Laura Radke and Sandra Warner
Individual Award: 
Jason Arnett, supervisor, coffee bar operations

Team Award - Warehouse staff, for their efforts with college surplus resale and recycling
Individual Award - Faye Martin, custodial supervisor, who created a recycling organization project.

Team Award - Theatre department, with special recognition to Beate Pettigrew, associate professor of theatre, and PJ Barnett, for their work with the ROSE Store and a wood recycling project.
Team Award - Claudia Martin-Ayoade, registered dietitian, for sustainable health and nutrition programs and practices.

No awards given

Team Award - Academic Support Services, for their work in procuring Macintosh computers that led to energy reduction.
Team Award - Nancy Wandell, reading faculty, for her efforts in a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt.

How to apply

Part-time and full-time JCCC faculty and staff are eligible to apply for or be nominated for the award. Awards are given for both individual and team effort, with nominations emailed to the Center for Sustainability by 5 p.m. March 23.

Download the instructions and application for the Annual Sustainability Award.

Email The Center for Sustainability or call us at 913-469-8500, ext. 7654, for additional information.