New Opportunities for Colleges

Participate in Sustainability-Related Statewide Initiatives and Programs

IGEN Fleet Discount/Lease Deal for Nissan LEAF

Due to our partnership with Nissan, Illinois community colleges are able to get a Nissan LEAF for their fleet for $14,000, through a lease deal with Mike Albert Fleet Solutions. Learn more.

Benefits of adding a Nissan LEAF to your college’s fleet through the lease deal with Mike Albert Fleet Solutions include:

  • Reducing carbon footprint
  • Reducing fuel consumption
  • Reducing variable maintenance costs
  • No administrative burden
  • Open and closed-end lease structure
  • $1 buyout

If your college is interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact Nate Shadoin with Mike Albert Fleet Solutions at or (859) 444-7646. Then, please coordinate your purchase through Cynthia Maves with Nissan at or (615) 487-7866.

IGEN Monarch Migration Network

IGEN is forming the Monarch Migration Network, launched by Adrian Fisher, Sustainability Coordinator at Triton College. Fisher presented the idea for the network at the 2017 IGEN Sustainability Conference. Download/view the presentation.

The network’s goal is to encourage Illinois community colleges to provide natural habitats and/or pollinator gardens for Monarch butterflies, educate students, and work with communities. The network will increase communication and shared projects across the state.

The first step in establishing the network is to survey Illinois community colleges about their current efforts related to Monarch butterflies. Have your college take the survey now! Next steps will be developed based on the data.

Everyone loves Monarch butterflies! Many know that they desperately need help, as their numbers have declined. With the Monarch Migration Network, Illinois community colleges have a great opportunity to join the nationwide movement to save the Monarch butterfly. Illinois is in the middle of the Monarch’s summer breeding range and is one of the places where the most habitat has disappeared. Illinois community colleges can make a difference!

For more information, please contact Adrian Fisher at or (708) 456-0300 ext. 3364.

Partnership with Seven Generations Ahead

IGEN is partnering with Seven Generations Ahead to distribute its economic market study report, Economic Impact and Market Study Report: Elements of the Case for Advancing Food Scrap Composting Industry and the Link to Building Illinois’ Local Food Economy. Download/view the report.

The report uses modeling to forecast job creation and the state sales tax revenue potential of a robust food scrap composting industry in Illinois, and charts recommended strategies for moving forward.

Seven Generations Ahead was able to commission the report completed by SERA, Inc. due to the generous support of Food:Land:Opportunity – Localizing the Chicago Foodshed, a collaboration between the Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust, with funding from The Searle Funds.

Seven Generations Ahead is disseminating this report as part of a larger project with a long-term goal to expand local, sustainable Illinois food production through development of a viable food scrap composting industry. The project will create demand for food scraps through education, policy, and pilot projects, while driving infrastructure development and targeted investments.

IGEN and Seven Generations Ahead are also offering two webinars. The first webinar, Conducting a Waste Assessment on Campus, was on Thursday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Download the presentation and listen to/watch the recording!

The second webinar, Reducing Wasted Food through Campus Composting and Food Recovery, is on Tuesday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register now!

For more information, please contact Katie Davis, Interim Executive Director, at or (847) 543-2645.