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Southeastern Illinois College: Biofuels Internships and Names Chair

On May 17, 2016, the Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) Board of Trustees passed an articulation agreement with SIU Edwardsville for Biofuels Production as well as a Biofuels Internship agreement for students. The board also approved the naming of the Dana Keating Student Success Center after long-time employee and current SIC Vice President, Dr. Dana Keating. […]

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Rock Valley College AAS in Sustainable Energy Systems

Rock Valley College (RVC) offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Sustainable Energy Systems, which includes a smart grid instructional component. RVC received a grant from IGEN to purchase smart grid training equipment from Marcraft. A full smart grid class is planned for the Spring 2017 semester.

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Prairie State College Earth Month

Prairie State College (PSC) celebrated Earth Month with several events around campus, including events focused on climate change and endangered species. Additionally, PSC offered a two-day Greening Your Curriculum workshop as professional development for faculty.

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McHenry County College Green Guide

McHenry County College (MCC)’s 2016 Official Recycling Directory, also known as the Green Guide, was recently published in the Northwest Herald. It is available for download here. Additionally, MCC’s Earth Month was very successful, with over 250 people attending various events. To download, visit:

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Lewis and Clark Community College: Grow Native!

Lewis and Clark Community College hosted the first ever Missouri Prairie Foundation Grow Native event in Illinois. The event, which drew more than 300 attendees, was a tremendous success. The keynote speaker was the renowned Dr. Douglas Tallamy of the University of Delaware, whose book “Bringing Nature Home” has generated a shift in how we […]

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John A. Logan College Community Forum

As part of IGEN’s smart grid consumer education program, hosted a community forum on energy efficiency with Ameren Illinois. Over forty attendees learned about Ameren’s energy efficiency programs, including available incentives; registered for a free home energy audit; and discussed smart grid technology.

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Harper College’s First Zero Waste Event

On April 6, 2016, Harper College’s Student Activities Board (SAB), in partnership with campus sustainability, Sodexo, facilities management, the Environmental Club, and local non-profit Mindful Waste, hosted the college’s first zero waste event. The goal of this event was to divert as much waste from entering the landfill as possible while educating the campus about […]

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College of Lake County One Earth Film Festival

Spring has been a busy semester for sustainability at the College of Lake County (CLC)! CLC worked with community partners to co-host the best attended One Earth Film Festival. Six clubs co-hosted Earth Week events this year, including the first 5K Fun Run for the Earth! The 6th annual Lake County Green conference brought together […]

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Back by popular demand: 2016 electric vehicle road trip

In 2014, with support from the Office of Governor Quinn, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, the Illinois Office of Tourism, Nissan, ChargePoint, and Green Wheels USA, we organized a 500-mile road trip with 38 electric vehicles across the state. The electric vehicle road trip included stops at 11 Illinois community colleges. The purpose of the road […]

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