Our campus is sustainable because it is environmentally healthy, economically sufficient and socially inclusive. Breaking up the word "sustainability" into these three parts (environmental, economic and social) helps us adequately define sustainability on our campus.
Earth Month 2021
April 1-May 3: Scholarship Opportunity
Scholarship Opportunity: "Sustainability Warrior Poster Competition"
April 1-May 3
Enrolled students will create a virtual poster/infographic with insights from topics discussed during Earth Month. Winning posters will receive one of two $250 scholarships courtesy of OSA and their virtual posters will be featured on the JJC Sustainability website. View the full guidelines.
April 1-30: Trash Bash Competition
Trash Bash Competition
JJC is competing against SMHEC Member Institutions to pick up the most trash. Using the Litterati mobile app, we will track the clean-up efforts and add to a global database about the impact of litter in our streets. The winning institution will receive a $250 stipend to support sustainability initiatives on campus. Download the Litterati app and participate with the code JJCSP2021.
April 13-27: Life-Changing Tours of the JJC Natural Areas
Life-Changing Tours of the JJC Natural Areas
Experience the Beauty of JJC's Fen
Tuesday, April 13, 10 a.m.
Biology professor Andrew Neill will teach you about the importance of the fen for the local ecosystem. Limited to 25 attendees. Dress for the weather and wear a mask. After signing up, mark your calendar to meet outside by the cafeteria (by the picnic tables) on Main Campus. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 20, 10 a.m.
Horticulture professor Lisa Perkins will help you identify the plants and trees growing in the Arboretum. Limited to 25 attendees. Dress for the weather and wear a mask. Meet at the Arboretum entrance. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Greenhouse Land Lab Tour
Tuesday, April 27, 1-2 p.m.
Horticulture professor Frederic Miller will teach you about greenhouse management and the plant species that the JJC Horticultural Sciences Department is growing. Limited to 25 attendees. Dress for the weather and wear a mask. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 7-8: NWF EcoCareers Conference
NWF EcoCareers Conference
April 7-8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
- What is it? The NWF EcoCareers Conference prepares students and young professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers. The conference will provide information on the latest EcoCareer trends (from leading analysts and employers), clarify career-enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulate a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the green sector.
- Who is invited? Students, faculty and staff from high schools, colleges and universities across the country and globe.
- Check out the conference agenda, speakers list and exhibitors - and sign up for free!
At the conference, you can:
- Discover the types of jobs available in the clean economy, compensation levels and advancement opportunities across clean economy sectors
- Enhance understanding of how to develop effective career plans that include degree programs and project-based learning credentials, while becoming familiar with supportive programming offered through the NWF EcoLeaders Program
- Explore online sustainability career skill resources that can help college instructors enhance academic offerings for sustainability across various disciplines
- Meet others across fields interested in leading for a clean economy including students, faculty and employers and learn about ways to support one another
April 10: Houbolt Road Clean Up
Houbolt Road Clean Up
Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. to Noon
Help us clean trash from the street area near the entrances of JJC's Main Campus. We will be using the Litterati mobile app to compete in the Trash Bash Challenge! Meet up at the Greenhouse Entrance at 10 a.m. Bring a water bottle and gloves. Dress for the weather and wear a mask. For more info, contact Maria Anna Rafac at email@example.com or Ericka Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 16: SMHEC Sustainable Food Challenge
April 18: JJC's Prairie Ecological Restoration Day
JJC's Prairie Ecological Restoration Day
Sunday, April 18, 8 a.m. to Noon
The Forest Preserve District of Will County and the JJC Science Department are looking for volunteers to restore the native ecology of the prairie. You will learn about invasive species and the importance to keep native plants in place. Limited to 25 volunteers. Dress for the weather and wear a mask. Bring reusable water bottles and snacks.
RSVP to Eva Murdoch at email@example.com.
April 21: Meaningful Action: A Panel on Environmental Justice in the Local Context
Meaningful Action: A Panel on Environmental Justice in the Local Context
April 21, 1:30 p.m.
During this presentation, you will learn what environmental justice means and how its principles can be applied to local issues.
To RSVP for the Zoom link, contact Janine Hicks at (815) 740-3807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 22: Documentary Panel Discussion on "David Attenborough: A Life in Our Planet"
Documentary Panel Discussion on "David Attenborough: A Life in Our Planet"
Thursday, April 22, 2-4 p.m.
The community will have access through Netflix to view the documentary during JJC's Earth Month (April 2021). The panel discussion will be centered around the topics that David Attenborough addresses in the film and expand from there. Andrew Neill, biology professor, will be the moderator of a student panel discussion of the film.
April 23: SMHEC "Go Solar" Presentation and Q&A with Experts
SMHEC "Go Solar" Presentation and Q&A with Experts
Friday, April 23, Noon
SMHEC and Prairie State College are bringing together two local experts to help you understand how residents in the region are going solar. This session will explore residential rooftop and community solar. Bring your questions.
April 24: PTK Adopt a Highway Street Clean Up
PTK Adopt a Highway Street Clean Up
Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alpha Lambda Phi is looking for volunteers to help clear trash on the stretch on Weber Road from Larkin Avenue to Renwick Road. Gloves, bags and vests will be provided. Meet at the parking lot near Fire Water BBQ, 1847 Knapp St., Crest Hill, IL 60403. Bring your reusable water bottle and snacks. Community service hours will be given to all attendees. PTK members will receive twice the amount of community service hours for this event only.
April 30: Arbor Day Seed Giveaway
Arbor Day Seed Giveaway
Friday, April 30
Visit the Arboretum for a seed giveaway.
Free gifts will be given to attendees during Earth Month.
Environmental Sustainability at JJC
Environmental sustainability is about not depleting our vital natural resources faster than they are renewed to ensure that people and other species live well now and in the future. You can:
Get Priority Parking - Main Campus
JJC offers priority parking spaces for hybrid and Low Emission Vehicles (LEV).
Have a hybrid or low emissions vehicle and want to park in one of our spaces?
Have an electric car?
Electric vehicle drivers can park and power up at the same time with JJC's ChargePoint Electric Car Charging Stations. The ChargePoint Electric Car Charging Stations are in East Lot 2.
Saving the college more than $1.6 million in electricity expenses over 25 years, JJC's solar array consists of 3,542 solar panels on Main Campus.
Over the life of this system, it is estimated to produce 61,836,250 kWh of clean and reliable electricity. JJC is expected to offset its total energy consumption by 22.5 percent, making the campus one of the greenest in the state. Learn more.
Other smaller groupings of solar panels, powering sections of lighting, can also be found across campus.
Take a Class
Learn in our environmentally friendly (LEED certified (PDF)) buildings or take a class online. Providing quality education while using the least amount of resources is one of our sustainable priorities.
Walk or Bike the Trails
Explore the self-guided prairie and forest trails on Main Campus! The college has 2.75 miles of paved trail and two miles of unpaved nature trails. The paved trail is part of the Rock Run Trail. The Rock Run Trail connects to the 61-mile I&M Canal Trail.
There are many landmarks along these trails, such as a limestone wall that was built by Confederate Civil War prisoners. Also, there are granite boulders brought down from the north by a glacier 12,000 years ago.
JJC offers recycling for:
- Bottles and bottle caps (only fall and spring semesters)
- Tires and motor oil
- Organic waste
- Toners and ink cartridges
- Pens and markers (only fall and spring semesters)
- JJC recycles expired pens and markers to the company, Terracycle. Terracycle rewards its contributors using a point system that equals donations to three charitable organizations: Charity: Water, Carbon Fund, and Eco Schools USA.
Learn more by calling Facilities at extensions x2553 or x2332.
Economic Sustainability at JJC
Economic sustainability is about the economic climate evolving to meet the needs of the people by being efficient, responsible, and dependable for the long term. You can:
At JJC, you can complete your associate degree for approximately one third of the cost of two years at a public or private institution.
Apply for Scholarships
JJC offers 100+ scholarships every semester and anyone can apply no matter your grades, age, status or financial need.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic standing, leadership, specialized talents, ethnic origin, financial need, etc.
Looking for a part time job as you work through school? JJC offers multiple job and internship opportunities on and off campus.
Social Sustainability at JJC
Social sustainability is about education, diversity, tolerance, inclusion, empathy, and equity achieved by a strong civil society and a developed sense of community. You can:
JJC offers 180+ degree and certificate programs taught by expert and diverse faculty.
Be a Part of the Community
As a community college, JJC is invested in community support and development and offers community outreach opportunities and resources such as: