President Greg DeCinque made JCC a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in an effort to move closer to a more sustainable campus and healthy environmental living. Since signing the climate commitment in 2008, JCC has:

  • Set the target date of 2030 for the college to achieve climate neutrality (net total of zero greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Completed a baseline GHG inventory for 2008
  • Updated the GHG inventory for 2011
  • Completed a Climate Action Plan in 2010
  • Developed an environmental science program (2011)
  • Constructed a new Science Center, which has received LEED Gold certification (2011)
  • Established an Office of Sustainability, which is staffed with a sustainability coordinator (2012)
  • Established sustainability internships within the environmental science and communications programs
  • Achieved Tree Campus USA designation (2009)
  • Established a Zero Sort recycling program (2010)
  • Instituted a green purchasing policy (2009)
  • Implemented both long- and short-term actions to reduce GHG emissions college-wide

From the Presidents' Climate Commitment:
"The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate."


JCC is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. AASHE's goals are to:

  • Make sustainable practices the norm within higher education
  • Facilitate institutional efforts to integrate sustainability into teaching, research, operations, and public engagement
  • Disseminate knowledge and best practices and promote resource sharing
  • Support all sectors of campus in achieving sustainability goals
  • Increase collaboration among individuals, institutions, and external partners to speed the adoption of sustainability practices
  • Influence education policy so that sustainability is a focus at local, state and national levels
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