JJC celebrated a special achievement in October– one that only 20 other college campuses in Illinois share.
The Main Campus was officially designated a “Tree Campus.” Members of the community gathered on Oct. 21 for a ceremonial raising of the school’s new “Tree Campus USA” flag.
This designation was earned “through meeting five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.”
“[the Tree Campus designation] has taken several years to complete, and a lot of people, because we needed to come up with a formal tree care plan,” said Mia Bergbower, student sustainability intern. “Students have helped in multiple ways. Part of the Tree Campus USA application is a tree inventory, and for that we need to list the health of the trees. Students have helped with this by planting trees.”
The five standards for Tree Campus
schools are: creating a campus tree advisory committee; instituting a campus
tree care plan; developing a budget for the tree care plan; holding an Arbor
Day Observance; and implementing Service Learning Project.
“At JJC, when it comes to sustainability, we do not just talk the talk, we walk the walk!” said President Judy Mitchell.