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2017 IGEN Annual Sustainability Conference

March 22 – 23, 2017

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

Our conference brought together over 70 representatives from Illinois community colleges and their partners to share best practices, lessons learned, and successes to advance sustainability across the state through our collective impact.

Check out the recipients of the second annual recognition awards!

Representatives from 19 of the 39 Illinois community college districts attended the conference:

  • City Colleges of Chicago
  • College of DuPage
  • College of Lake County
  • Harper College
  • Heartland Community College
  • Illinois Central College
  • 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
  • South Suburban College
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Triton College

For more information and/or questions, please contact Katie Davis, Senior Program Coordinator, at kdavis5@clcillinois.edu or (847) 543-2645.


Agenda

 

Download/view the conference program.

Wednesday, March 22

  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. : Check-in/registration
  • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. : Welcome
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. : Opening Remarks: The Year in Review and a Look at What’s in Store
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. : Keynote panel and discussion: The Illinois Future Energy Jobs Bill
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. : Lunch and networking; exhibits open
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. : Partner presentations: Regional, National, and International Opportunities
  • 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. : Exhibits open and networking
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. : Partner presentations continued
  • 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. : Networking and recognition event (Epiphany Farms Restaurant, located at 220 E. Front St. in Bloomington, IL 61701)

Thursday, March 23

  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. : Breakfast/check-in and exhibits open
  • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. : Welcome
  • 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. : Partner presentations: Collaborative Opportunities
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. : Sustainability-as-a-Service: Investments in Infrastructure Improvements at Illinois Community Colleges
  • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. : Exhibits open and networking
  • 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. : Partners and Presidents Panel and Discussion: Developing Strategies and Finding Optimism in the Face of Difficult Times
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. : Lunch and wrap-up

Presentations

 

Shannon Fulton, StraightUp Solar – Solar: Growing the Green Economy in Illinois

Amy Heart, Sunrun – Illinois Solar for All

MeLena Hessel, Environmental Law & Policy Center – Future Energy Jobs Act: Renewables Overview

Mark Pruitt, The Power Bureau – Preparing for the New Energy Plan

Stephenie Presseller, Moraine Valley Community College – Sustainability Across the Curriculum Centers: A Partnership with AASHE

Gabriela Martin, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation – Net Zero Energy Building Program

Marcia Lochmann, WorkerFIT Partners – Growing the Sustainability Professional

David Corsar, National Wildlife Federation – EcoLeaders Program

Tim Long, Sustainability Partners – Sustainability-as-a-Service

Dan Docel, BuildingIQ; Andy Stein, Connexion; Tim Gibson, John A. Logan College – Technology Test Drive

Vuk Vujovic, Legat Architects – Health, Wellness, Your Building, and You: What Does WELL Building Standard Mean for Higher Education?

Adrian Fisher, Triton College – The Proposed IGEN Monarch Migration Network

Eric Heineman, Nissan – Utility-EV Group Buys and Electric Fleets

Julie Brazeau, Midwest Renewable Energy Association – Professional Solar Training

Jennifer Martin, IGEN – Illinois Community Colleges for Community Solar


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Sponsors

 

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

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