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February 4, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College was honored today by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioner as a certified green partner.

The county board recognized JCCC and six other local businesses and organizations for their achievements in waste reduction and resource conservation. The recipients represent the inaugural group of Johnson County Certified Green Partners.

JCCC was described by the county as a campus that diverts 50 percent of all waste from the landfill. JCCC also composts food waste on site and has eliminated Styrofoam from its cafeteria.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our county as a green partner, said Michael Rea, sustainability project manager for JCCC’s Center for Sustainability. “There are so many great things that the county and its businesses and residents are doing to sustain a healthy and safe environment.”

Other members of JCCC’s center are Krystal Anton, recycling and waste minimization coordinator; Kristy Wittman Howell, sustainability education and engagement coordinator; Claire Zimmermann, campus farm/outreach manager, and Jay Antle, professor and executive director.

The goal of JCCC’s center is to become a zero-waste-to-landfill campus by 2025.

The other six organizations honored by the county were Limited Logic, a web design company; Go Green Granite, a granite repurposing company; Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer; MARCK Recycling, a material recovery facility, The Land Source, a real estate company, and the Downtown Overland Park Partnership.

Johnson County’s Certified Green Program is a voluntary and non-regulatory program that provides free education and technical assistance on a variety of environmental issues to businesses, schools and places of worship in Johnson County.