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Join JCCC at community EarthFest

Take a sustainability walking tour, play recycling Jeopardy or join a clothing swap at Johnson County Community College’s many Earth Day events.

All JCCC events are free and open to the public. They include:

Open Petal Farm Crop Mob

Friday, April 15, 1-5 p.m.

Get your hands dirty as a volunteer at the campus farm and harvest greens, radishes and peas to be served at Epicenter’s Farm Lunch on Monday. Register at [email protected].


Monday, April 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hudson Auditorium, NMOCA

Nationally recognized speakers and interactive leadership development opportunities will highlight this student-centered conference on the economies of reuse. Speakers include:

  • 9:15 a.m. Erin Meezan, vice president of sustainability for Interface, will outline the company’s sustainability vision for the past 20 years.
  • 10:40 a.m.: Tim O’Neill, co-owner of Urban Lumber in Kansas City, MO, will speak on how this new lumber mill is reusing local trees that previously would be been rejected as unusable. The wood is being used to build coffee table, cabinets and many other woodworking projects.
  • 1 p.m.: Leyla Acaroglu, a New York-based Australian designer, social scientist and sustainability entrepreneur, will explore the “post mortem” lives of things that enter the waste stream.

Students and teachers from any academic level or school can register to attend this free conference and farm lunch. For more information and registration, visit Epicenter 2016

Sustainability/Conservation TED Talks

Tuesday, April 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Craig Auditorium, GEB 233

The Student Environmental Alliance will host short, video lectures – TED Talks – on sustainability issues. For more information, contact the organizers at [email protected].

Stop Hunger Now Food Packaging Event

Wednesday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., RC 101

JCCC students are working to help the national Stop Hunger movement by packaging 20,088 meals. They are asking volunteers to bring a canned source of protein for the JCCC Food Pantry to the packaging event. Visit Stop Hunger Now for information about world hunger.

Sustainable Campus Walking Tours

Thursday, April 21, 1 p.m., COM

Members of the Student Environmental Alliance and Student Sustainability Committee will meet guests at the stairs outside COM to take a sustainability related walking tour around campus.

Earth Day Activities

Friday, April 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fountain Square

Join the JCCC Student Environmental Alliance for easy craft projects with reused materials, people-powered snacks, recycling Jeopardy (with prizes for winners) and an Earth Day clothing swap.

To participate in the clothing swap, bring clean clothes in good condition to OCB 157-C. For every piece of clothing or accessory, you will receive a ticket to swap out the equivalent amount of clothing. If you don’t have clothing to swap, you can purchase clothes for $1. Proceeds will benefit the JCCC Student Environmental Alliance. If it rains, the event will be held in Carlsen Center lobby.

For more information, go to JCCC Earth Day

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