Office of Sustainability

JJC recognizes that true sustainability involves a commitment to environmental, social, and economic improvement. JJC encourages planning, solutions, and actions that provide benefits for students, employees, and the community.

Earth Month 2024!!!

Week 1

  • Monday, April 1
    • Build a Journal, 10:00 – 2:00, H Bridge 
    • Put together a journal all your own, including sewing the spine on, while learning about homemade paper and GOOS paper!

Week 2

  • Tuesday, April 9 
    • Carp Dissection, 2:00 – 3:00, D-2002 - A presentation dissecting the otolith, or “ear stone” of the carp, teaching about how the otolith can be used to age certain fish species, and a talk about the presenter’s path from JJC to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. 
    • Tree Naming Ceremony, 3:30 – 4:30, Picnic Grove - Natural Areas Committee will be hosting an event where they reveal the winner of their contest to name the iconic burr oak in JJC’s old oak savanna! 
  • Thursday, April 11 
    • Pot a Plant, 1:00 – 2:00, Greenhouse room 1002 - The Office of Sustainability is hosting a plant-potting event where you can decorate a pot and take home a plant.
  • Saturday, April 13 
    • Romeoville Repair Café 10:00 – 3:00, North Campus - Toss it? No way! Bring your broken items to be fixed for free by community volunteers! There will be stations fixing jewelry, appliances, clothing, and bicycles, along with a Kids’ Corner and a learning station! Special thanks to our sponsors: JJC Alumni Relations, Resource Recovery & Energy Division Will County Land Use Department, the Richardson family, and Illinois State Senator Rachel Ventura!

Week 3 

  • Wednesday, April 17 
    • Career Closet Pop-Up, day 1, 10:00 – 2:00, C-Concourse - The Office of Sustainability is teaming up with Career Services to give out affordable, gently used business clothes. It’s first come, first served, so don’t delay. 
  • Friday, April 19 
    • Community Clean Up on Houbolt Road, 11:00 – 1:00, Green House - Help clean up JJC’s front door! Join the Office of Sustainability, Community Clean Up, and a bunch of businesses to pick up litter along Houbolt Road.

Week 4 

  • Monday, April 22
    • Earth Day Extravaganza, 12:00 – 2:00, Picnic Grove, sharing the space with OSA. - Hammocks everywhere 
      • 12:00 – 1:00 Therapeutic Drum Circle: join together in a circle with musical instruments as a form of sound therapy. 
      • 1:00 – 2:00 tours of natural areas: JJC Natural Areas Committee will be providing guided tours of JJC’s beautiful wild areas. Enjoy the scenery and learn a thing or two!
  • Tuesday, April 23 
    • Career Closet Pop-Up, day 2, 10:00 – 2:00, C-Concourse - If you missed day 1, don’t fret! The Career Closet will be offering another day of affordable, gently used professional attire! 
  • Wednesday, April 24 
    • Sustainability Union Meeting, 12:00 – 1:00, A-1061 
  • Friday, April 26 
    • Party in The Arbie, 11:00 – 2:00, Dr William Zales Arboretum - Office of Sustainability’s yearly celebration of our appreciation for vegetation! 
    • Word Eater Poetry Reading 11:30 – 12:30 - Listen to the poetry of some of JJC’s finest writers! 
    • Yoga 12:40 – 1:00 - Enjoy a guided yoga session to bring you closer to nature. 
    • Arboretum tours and leaf pressing 1:00 – 2:00 - Enjoy a guided tour of the Arboretum or make beautiful art with leaves!

Week 5 

  • Saturday, April 27 
    • Recyclepalooza, 8:00 – 3:00, JJC Parking lot - Bring your hard-to-recycle items to folks who can recycle them for you, and/or sign up to be a volunteer helper and load up the trucks! 
  • Sunday, April 28 
    • Restoration Workday, 9:00 – 12:00, Main Campus Natural Areas - If the Community Clean Up is cleaning JJC’s front door, then this is restoring its backyard! Sign up to volunteer with the Natural Areas Committee to help clear invasive brush and spread native seeds! 

Volunteer Opportunities Spring 2024

Sustainability is supporting people and the planet, so how can we help? There are so many ways people can make a positive impact on their neighbors and local environment, and often people want to volunteer but don't know where to start! That's why our group will be showing opportunities to join a volunteer day with local non-profits and the college. 

Earn volunteer hours and meet up with the Sustainability Union to volunteer in Joliet. Open to students, faculty, and staff! Register online to find out the location and more information.