Sustainable Campus Resources


Campus Resources

JJC has a multitude of resources to make sustainability easy to integrate into your campus life. Save energy by taking the bus to campus. Cool-off in a LEED certified building. Enjoy a meal in our sustainable cafeteria. Take advantage of learning opportunities in one of our many land laboratories. Relax in our unique natural areas.

  • Living Labs and More

    JJC Lake 
    The Joliet Junior College Lake is a central aesthetic feature of the main campus. The 5.8 acre lake has a 362 acre watershed which includes the college campus; parking lots; wooded, farm and open fields; and residential and commercial developments. 

    JF Richards Land Laboratory Demonstration and Research Farm 
    The demonstration and research farm is 107 acres of land dedicated to educational crop production. The farm serves as a means for students to obtain a visual and participatory role in the operation of farm equipment, observe the effects of various soil-fertility levels, row spacing, seeding rates, planting dates, and soil compaction on crop growth and development. 

    Arboretum 
    Our 11-acre arboretum is located on JJC's 368-acre Main Campus, between the entrance and exit roads, adjacent to Houbolt Road at the main gate. It is a place where woody plants, trees, shrubs, and vines are grown for exhibition and study.

    Natural Areas 
    JJC is continuously restoring the campus' natural areas. The ecosystems on campus are remnants of a once vast wilderness of prairie and forest. To learn more about JJC's restoration project and nature trails, contact Andy Neill at (815) 280-2632. 

    Horticulture Land Lab
    The Horticulture Land Lab is for students to experiment with hydroponics, beekeeping, grape cultivation and other sustainable practices. 

  • Transportation

    Did you know that you can reduce your carbon footprint by taking the PACE Bus to campus?

    Click here to see the routes and learn more.

  • Other Campus Resources

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)   
    What is LEED? Click here to learn more. 

    LEED Certified Buildings at JJC  

    MakerLab
    The MakerLab is a place where faculty, students and community members can learn how to use 3D-printing machines, scanners and laser cutting technology.