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We Need Your Talents, Skills and Enthusiasm

Get involved with sustainability efforts at Johnson County Community College and beyond! If you are creative, artistic, and want to make a difference, or if you just want meet other students with a similar passion, you can find opportunities here. Have a green thumb (or don’t)? Love the great indoors (or don’t)? Here are just a few ways you can help.

Requested and funded by students, this committee proposes and oversees projects that will promote sustainability through the JCCC campus.

Learn More about SSC Membership & Projects

  • Sustainable Art - Take a sculpture class and learn how to create sustainable sculptures and how winning sculptures every year are placed throughout our campus.
  • Movie and Theater Ideas - If you are a cinema buff, you may be able to help us locate and promote movies and theater performances related to sustainability. Our theater program promotes sustainability throughout the program, including prop and set design, costume creation and energy conservation.
  • Food and Cuisine - Whether you are a gourmet chef or just like to eat great food, there is always a need for meal planning for events and assistance with dining and other areas.
  • Organized and Thrifty - We always like to learn new ways to create and reuse items. This is a great way to get started on learning about recycling and repurposing things.
  • Learn More About Sustainability - Register for one of our sustainability integrated courses or attend our events.
  • Like to Read? - If so, help initiate a book discussion or book club to discuss some of the latest publications related to the environment, conservation, reuse and recycling.
  • Get Involved with Student Clubs - Investigate our student clubs and organizations that have sustainability initiatives. The Student Environmental Alliance is one example of a student club focusing on sustainability. For more information about student clubs and organizations, attend a meeting or refer to the club and organization listing
  • Practice Your Exceptional People Skills - If you like to interact with others, there are many ways you can help, by working at events, helping organize volunteers or creating awareness of opportunities related to sustainability.
  • Travel Opportunities - If you like to travel, find out how you can work with our with our international sustainability projects. 

In addition to working closely with the Community Based Learning advisory board, Center for Sustainability staff help students and faculty who need service-learning opportunities. By working with local government and area organizations, our students have logged thousands of hours of service in support of local, national and international efforts.

Campus Participation

Students can find much to do on the JCCC campus, including:

  • Participating in litter cleanups across campus
  • Volunteering in the JCCC on-campus food pantry
  • Organizing and working a clothing swap
  • Planting trees bought with money from grants and donations
  • Heading up recycling and composting efforts

Are you a faculty member or student looking for a service-learning opportunity for your classes? We’d love to help.

International Assistance

Groups from across JCCC and the international group Stop Hunger Now partner to provide nutritious, shelf-stable meals for communities around the world.

The college also helps organize an important service-learning trip to Las Pintas, near Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Las Pintas Solar Experience, which started in 2013, takes JCCC students on an international service trip to Las Pintas, a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico. Students work alongside residents to install solar water heaters on homes in the Santa Rosa neighborhood of Las Pintas. Each recipient of a solar water system is responsible for teaching five other families how to build their own systems, thus promoting the spread of skills and awareness for sustainability throughout the community.

Exact travel dates will depend on flight cost, availability and other factors. Trips usually take place during May.

Thanks to sponsorship by the Student Sustainability Committee, the cost for participating in the Las Pintas Solar Experience is kept to a minimum of approximately $200 per person. The trip includes airfare, lodging, ground transportation, solar thermal materials and equipment, and most meals.

JCCC students from all areas of study or experience level are welcome to apply for the opportunity to participate in the Las Pintas Solar Experience. To do so they must either:

    1. be a JCCC student currently or formerly enrolled in EPRM 142 Solar Thermal Systems (if a past EPRM 142 student, you must still be enrolled as a JCCC student), OR
    2. attend BOTH of two Solar Thermal workshops held in early spring. 

Workshop admission is limited to 15 students, who will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis pending the acceptance of their applications. A waiting list will be created, and dropouts may forfeit refund of their trip fee. The trip is limited to 10 students, and participation will depend on effort, follow-through and commitment of students.

For more information, contact Dan Eberle, associate professor, Energy Performance and Resource Management.  

For additional information about student projects and funding, refer to the Student Sustainability Committee on this website. 

  • Share Your Sustainable Ideas - Submit your ideas to the Center for Sustainability or the Student Sustainability Committee.
  • Community and Service Projects - Help the campus and community become more sustainable by getting involved with Service-Learning or a funded project. 
  • Volunteer with Other Students - Help us with collecting food for the hungry, stocking our JCCC Student Basic Needs Center for students, assisting with the Children's Garden or planning a dinner on campus.
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.