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. Check out a few examples below.
Sustainability Campus Events for the Community
Campus Sustainability Month 2018
Monday, Oct. 15
Fen Tour with Professor Andy Neill
Friday, Oct. 19
Campus Center LEED Building Tour with Maria Anna Rafac
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Film Screening – Vanishing of the Bees
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Film Screening- How to Let Go of the World... and Love the Things Climate Can't Change
Volunteer Opportunities (counts as community service)
Sunday, Oct. 28
Work Day - JJC Restoration Project
Friday, Oct. 26
GreenTown Will County (at the Renaissance Center)
Tuesday, Oct. 30
All-Campus Sustainability Forum
For more information, contact Maria Anna Rafac at (815) 280-2546.
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
JJC offers priority parking spaces for hybrid and low emission vehicles. See a map of those designated parking spaces here.
Have a hybrid or low emissions vehicle and want to park in one of our spaces? Fill out an application for a parking pass here.
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.
Take a class
Learn in our environmentally friendly (LEED certified) 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.
Get a job
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:
- Continuing education opportunities
- JJC Farmers Market
- Business and Industry Training
- Workforce Development
- Cronin Schoolhouse (one room schoolhouse museum)
- Fitness Center
- Herbert Trackman Planetarium
- And more!