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College of Lake County’s Development and Growth


The College of Lake County (CLC) is experiencing an exciting period of development and growth. New construction and renovations on all three campuses will greatly contribute to the sustainability of the college and include geothermal heating and cooling, a new science building with LEED Platinum certification, bioswales for
enhanced storm water management, and native landscaping. This semester is especially exciting! After years of planning, new construction as a result of the college’s Sustainable Master Plan is finally being unveiled. The new Café Willow is open; preparing food that is grown on campus and will soon begin composting food scraps.

Adopted by the CLC Board of Trustees in 2012, the Sustainable Master Plan provides a blueprint for addressing concerns about the physical space on the three campuses through 2018. The Master Plan calls for improvements to existing structures and new construction that greatly improves energy efficiency and generates power from renewable sources onsite. These improvements will address many of the priorities and action items identified in the Sustainability Plan.

CLC is working to infuse sustainability into its culture, incorporating economic, environmental, and social sustainability into its daily operations. CLC strives to lead in integrating sustainability into its campus, preparing its students to be resilient to changes in the climate, technology, and the workplace, and collaborating with partners in the community and across the state.

Highlights of the Sustainable Master Plan projects include:

  • HVAC: The major component of this project is the removal and replacement of the buildings’ HVAC, and life safety systems. Two of CLC’s wings are currently heated and cooled by twenty-two roof top units that are forty years old and extremely energy inefficient. These buildings are being updated and outfitted with a new a geothermal system. It has been projected that potential energy savings from the new system could be up to forty percent off the current energy usage.
  • Geothermal System: The geothermal system for the Grayslake campus consists of a shared field and loop that circles the campus and will eventually be used to heat and cool all the buildings on campus. A geothermal well field will be placed north of the college. The field will be designed with the ability to expand as existing or new buildings are added to the system. Initially the system will be used to heat and cool two of CLC’s wings, the cafeteria, student services space, and the new science building.
  • LEED Platinum Science and Engineering Building: The new science and engineering building being constructed is proposed to be a LEED platinum building, which is the highest rating achievable through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). Green features of the building will include a rooftop photovoltaic array, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting, LED lighting and a living wall. The college estimates that the building’s sustainability features will result in a 58 percent savings in energy consumption over a conventionally designed building of the same size.
  • Parking Lot Upgrades: A series of projects are taking place on several parking lots on the Grayslake campus. Projects include lighting upgrades and keeping with our efforts to minimize our impact on the environment, best practices with regard to storm water runoff will be observed during this construction. The use of bioswales and other green practices are also being explored. In addition to these upgrades, these parking lots will also house the college’s first two parking spaces dedicated to electric vehicles.
  • Solar Heated Water Systems: Solar heated water systems include the installation of solar thermal collectors at rooftop areas throughout CLC’s Grayslake campus. These collectors will utilize the sun’s energy to heat domestic hot water throughout the campus.
  • Wind Turbine: This project will purchase and install a new wind turbine on the Grayslake Campus. Although this turbine will generate electricity and assist the college with its energy goals, this turbine will be used largely for educational demonstration.

More detailed information about the Sustainable Master Plan projects can be found on CLC’s website at: /

For more information, please contact David Husemoller at