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Sustainability at Jefferson Community College
Sustainability is a core value of the Jefferson Community College Mission.We use resources in responsible ways to achieve balance among our economic, environmental, and social practices and policies.
In 2012, Jefferson president Carole McCoy proudly signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The ACUPCC is an effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability. We have developed a Climate Neutrality Plan which is posted on the ACUPCC website:
On campus, efforts include educating the campus community, modeling sustainable practices while providing hands-on learning for our students.
The EverGREEN Committee serves the College by promoting sustainability practices and awareness. The committee, comprised of Jefferson faculty and staff, meets three times per semester and sponsors special events such as Earth Week, Arbor Day, and the Spring Tree Seedling Sale.
The student GREEN Club meets monthly and has a key role in assisting with the College’s Earth Week, Arbor Day, and Tree Seedling Sale programs. There are five Officer positions including that of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Student Government Association (SGA) Representative. The GREEN Club Mission is as follows:
Will act as the student voice and guiding force behind sustainability awareness and issues that arise on campus and in the community. Through education, and outdoor activities we will help support the progress of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment with the goal to help reduce the carbon footprint of Jefferson Community College.
To learn more or to join, contact the Student Activities Center at 315-786-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Programs, Activities and Special Events
The college offers the following programs, activities and special events on an annual basis:
JCC celebrates Earth Week on an annual basis at the end of April to coincide with national Earth Day. With Earth Week, we raise awareness of environmental issues such as sustainability, climate stabilization & population management. Earth Week programming includes daily sustainability lectures, campus trail pick-up and hike, recycling contest, tree and flora identification contests, tree seedling sales, and more! The Earth Week 2015 schedule of events will soon be available.
Each spring, Jefferson celebrates national Arbor Day with a ceremony and tree planting. In 2012, Jefferson was proud to be the official Arbor Day Celebration and tree planting site for the Watertown TREE USA Committee.
In 2012, JCC was awarded the “TREE Campus USA” designation. With that designation comes JCC’s commitment to developing and adhering to a tree care plan that assures the proper planning, planting and maintenance of trees on campus.
Campus Arboretum Trail
The College has established an Arboretum Trail that identifies a diverse selection of tree species that exists on our campus. The primary benefits of the trail are that it raises campus awareness of our natural setting and tree population, it provides outdoor education for our students, it encourages campus members to “take a hike,” and provides our TREE Campus USA Committee and facilities staff with an opportunity to monitor species success for planning future tree acquisition.
The following PowerPoint presentation provides photographs of the tree species that comprise the Aboretum Trail, at their maturity.
Tree Seedling Sale
The EverGREEN Committee in partnership with the GREEN Club/Earth Science Club, sponsor an annual tree seedling sale for the campus and local community. At the conclusion of 2015’s spring sale, over 2000 seedlings have been sold and distributed throughout the North Country.
The EverGREEN Committee has partnered with a network of organizations and offices that share an interest in promoting sustainability. Additionally, Jefferson is:
- Signatory Member: American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
- Member: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
- Member: New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling (NYSAR3)
- Green Campus Challenge Gathering Conference Inaugural Participant and 2012 Conference Site Host & Sponsor
Jefferson is proud of our Tree Campus USA designation and is committed to a tree care plan that promotes sustainability.