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2016 IGEN Annual Sustainability Conference

January 27 – 28, 2016

2016_IGEN_ConferenceThank you to all of our colleagues, partners, and sponsors for making the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN)’s second annual sustainability conference a success!

Our conference brought together over 80 representatives from Illinois community colleges and their partners to share best practices, lessons learned, and successes to advance sustainability across the state.

Representatives from 22 of the 39 Illinois community college districts attended the conference:

  • College of Lake County
  • Danville Area Community College
  • Harper College
  • Heartland Community College
  • Illinois Central College
  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
  • John A. Logan College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Kankakee Community College
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Lincoln Land Community College
  • McHenry County College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Oakton Community College
  • Parkland College
  • Prairie State College
  • Rock Valley College
  • Southeastern Illinois College
  • South Suburban College
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Triton College
  • Waubonsee Community College

For more information and/or questions, please contact


Our conference was made possible due to the generous donations from our sponsors!

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Wednesday, January 27: Community Commons Building (CCB) 1406/1407

  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    Welcome and Introductions (Stephen Bell, Executive Director, Illinois Green Economy Network and Rob Widmer, President, Heartland Community College)
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
    Morning Keynote: Collective Impact: Strategies and Solutions for Networks that Move the Needle (Brint Milward, Director of the School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona)
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Small Group Discussion: Network Analysis: Creating a common agenda and shared measurement system
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
    Afternoon Keynote: Illinois’ Green Economy (Marion Lunn, Deputy Director for the Energy and Recycling Office, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity)
  • 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
    Partner Presentations: Statewide Initiatives (Including: Genevieve Boesen, South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium; Clare Butterfield, Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation; Colleen Callahan, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Wynne Coplea, Illinois Recycling Association; Marcia Lochmann, Sitton Energy Solutions; Mark Pruitt, The Power Bureau; and Leland and Tyler Strom, FARM Illinois)
  • 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
    Networking Break
  • 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
    Working Session: Get Involved! (Including: energy efficiency initiatives and opportunities, FARM Illinois partnership, IGEN Water Summits, ISEIF Smart Grid Consumer Education Program, recycling on college campuses, and solar initiatives and opportunities)
  • 4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    College Networking and Recognition Event (Epiphany Farms Restaurant: 220 E. Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701)

Thursday, January 28: Astroth Community Education Center (ACEC) 2101/2102 and 2210

  • 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
    Exhibits Open and Registration
  • 8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Welcome and Introductions (Stephen Bell, Executive Director, Illinois Green Economy Network)
  • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    Career Pathways (Renee Loesche, Southeastern Illinois College and Steve Yaun, Career Cruising) and Sponsor Presentations (Including: Jeff Davis, The Home Depot; Cynthia Maves, Nissan; Kris Steiger, on behalf of Cree; and Vuk Vujovic, Legat Architects)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Exhibits Open and Networking Break (and test drive a Nissan LEAF!)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Illinois Community College Presidents Panel Discussion
  • 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
    Lunch and Presentation: Adaptive Operating Systems (David Husemoller, Sustainability Manager, College of Lake County and Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager, Moraine Valley Community College)
  • 1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
    Closing Remarks
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Test drive a Nissan LEAF!



Morning Keynote: Collective Impact – Brint Milward, University of Arizona

SMHEC Link and Leverage – Genevieve Boesen, South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

The ISEIF Experiment in Illinois – Clare Butterfield, Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation

Growing Solar in Illinois – Marcia Lochmann, Sitton Energy Solutions

Shared Energy Savings for Illinois Community Colleges – Mark Pruitt, The Power Bureau

FARM Illinois: A Food and Agriculture Road Map for Illinois – Leland and Tyler Strom, FARM Illinois

IGEN EcoPurchase Program – Jeff Davis, The Home Depot

2016 Nissan LEAF – Cynthia Maves, Nissan

Cree Company Overview – Zach Garrison and Kris Steiger, Cree

Introduction to Career Cruising and Inspire Illinois – Steve Yaun, Career Cruising


Milward_8497-5rHSJanuary 27, Morning Keynote, Collective Impact: Strategies and Solutions for Networks That Move the Needle

Brint Milward, Director of the School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona

Brint Milward is the Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He holds the Providence Service Corporation Chair in Public Management. He was Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, which is co-chaired by President George Herbert Walker Bush and President Bill Clinton. He has been elected president of two national associations in his field. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2010 won the NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award. Milward’s research interests revolve around networks and collaboration. For over thirty years he has focused his work on understanding how to efficiently and effectively manage networks of organizations that jointly produce public services like health and human services. He has conducted studies of what happens when governments privatize public services, which he terms “governing the hollow state.” In addition, since 9/11, he has studied illegal and covert networks that pursue grievances or greed. His articles on “Dark Networks,” have been widely cited for their application of network analysis and management theory to terrorist networks, human trafficking, and drug smuggling. Milward received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

January 27, Afternoon Keynote, Illinois’ Green Economy

Marion Lunn, Deputy Director for the Energy and Recycling Office, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Marion “Molly” Lunn is the Deputy Director for Energy and Recycling, at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. In this capacity, she oversees statewide programs and planning initiatives that save energy, generate clean and reliable electricity, promote sustainable transportation, and reduce waste – all while driving economic development and job creation. Before joining the State, Ms. Lunn was with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and has also previously served at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She received an MPA from Columbia University and a BA from Emory University, and was a Presidential Management Fellow.