The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN)

IGEN is a consortium of Illinois community colleges working together to share resources, common experiences and best practices to help grow the new green economy. Through this unique platform, they have recently developed 32 online, open-source green career degree and certification programs.

IGEN is working to:

Sustainability Areas

Sustainable Food

Sustainably produced, locally grown food is fresher, healthier and better-tasting.


Responding to economic opportunities created by the green economy.

Water Resources

Maintaining reliable supplies for drinking, agriculture, industry and transportation.


Working to make transportation in Illinois cleaner, greener and more efficient.


Generating electricity from solar, wind, geothermal and water resources.

Building Sciences

Building and improving sustainable, healthy spaces to save energy, costs, and resources.

Natural Resources

Conserving resources such as water, soil, and fossil fuels while regenerating damaged systems.


Increasing economic development by reducing, recycling, reusing and composting waste.

Success Stories

IGEN Dashboard

IGEN is implementing a real-time analytics program to measure energy consumption and efficiency on Illinois community college campuses. IGEN’s state-wide dashboard monitors energy use and impact across the state. Learn more about IGEN Measure of Success and how you can support or participate in the program.

Affiliate Spotlight

Thor Peterson, Parkland College

Describe your understanding of sustainability through the Parkland College lens and where you see the greatest need or opportunity.

Thor PetersonWhile Parkland’s Sustainability Coordinator position is new, Parkland’s Sustainable Campus Committee has been active for several years and has spearheaded several important initiatives here. Notably, Parkland is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and the college expressly calls out sustainability in its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan For Excellence. Addressing Parkland’s climate impact, especially through energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations, has been a significant focus of activities to date, but other actions stand out. These include student engagement and education, integrating sustainability concepts into curricula, and (not insignificantly!) pursuing a series of grants, including the one that funds my position.

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