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Second Annual IGEN Recognition Awards

During the 2017 IGEN Sustainability Conference in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, recognition awards were presented at the Networking and Recognition Event at Epiphany Farms Restaurant on March 22, 2017.

Congratulations and thank you to all recipients!

The conference brought together over 70 representatives from 19 Illinois community colleges and their partners to share best practices, lessons learned, and successes to advance sustainability across the state through our collective impact. Learn more about the 2017 IGEN Sustainability Conference.

The recognition awards and their recipients are as follows:

College Leadership and Sustainability Award

Presented to: Oakton Community College

For serving as an outstanding example of a college that embodies the collaborative spirit of the network by leading by example, sharing expertise and resources, and contributing to the collective impact our network has across the state.

Learn more about Oakton Community College’s sustainability efforts.

Presidential Leadership Awards

Presented to: Dr. Georgia Costello, Southwestern Illinois College (accepted by Robert Hilgenbrink)

For her visionary leadership, unwavering dedication and support to championing the network, and fearless pursuit of success.

Learn more about Dr. Georgia Costello.

Presented to: Dr. Terri Winfree, Prairie State College

For her dedication, leadership, and vision to incorporate sustainability into the culture of Prairie State College, as well as her ability and willingness to support the network’s initiatives and programs.

Learn more about Dr. Terri Winfree.

Sustainability Champion Awards

Presented to: Nate Keener, Lewis and Clark Community College; Stephenie Presseller, Moraine Valley Community College; and Maria Anna Rafac, Joliet Junior College

For their outstanding commitment and unwavering dedication to incorporating sustainability into their colleges, collaborative spirit, and significant contributions to the network.

Learn more about Nate Keener.

Learn more about Stephenie Presseller.

Learn more about Maria Anna Rafac.


Outstanding Partner Award

Presented to: Legat Architects

For providing expertise, opportunity, and resources to colleges, and as a result of this support, significantly contributing to the success of the network and our sustainability-related initiatives and programs.

Learn more about Legat Architects’ sustainability efforts.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to: Tim Wilhelm, Kankakee Community College

For his personal and professional commitment to sustainability for over 30 years through clean energy education, and being a source of inspiration for his colleagues.

Learn more about Tim Wilhelm.

Check out the recognition awards recipients from the 2016 IGEN Sustainability Conference!