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2019 Annual Conference

April 10 – 11, 2019

 

THANK YOU to all of our colleges and partners for making the 2019 Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) annual conference a success!

Our conference brought together over 50 representatives from Illinois community colleges and partners to share best practices/successes, lessons learned, and opportunities for collaboration and participation to advance sustainability across the state through our collective impact.

Representatives from 21 Illinois community college districts attended the conference, including:

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

For additional information and/or questions, please contact Katie Davis, Interim Executive Director, at kdavis5@clcillinois.edu or (847) 543-2645.


Agenda

 

Download/view the conference program.

Wednesday, April 10

  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Check-In/Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Introduction/Welcome (Dr. Keith Cornille, President, Heartland Community College; member of IGEN Presidents’ Steering Committee)
  • 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks: Network Transition and Update (Katie Davis, Interim Executive Director, IGEN)
  • 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.: Climate Change in the Midwest: Challenges and Responses (John Posey, Director of Research Services, East-West Gateway Council of Governments)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: State of Solar in Illinois: Jobs, Policies, and Financials (Shannon Fulton, Vice President of Development, StraightUp Solar)
  • 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch/Networking
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Conservation Efforts for Monarchs: Illinois Monarch Project and Monarch Migration Network (Adrian Fisher, Sustainability Coordinator, Triton College; Kimberly Hankins, Director of Sustainability, McHenry County College; David Husemoller, Sustainability Manager, College of Lake County; Debra Kutska, Sustainability Specialist, Oakton Community College; and Lyndsey Ramsey, Associate Director of Natural & Environmental Resources, Illinois Farm Bureau)
  • 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Evaluation Services: Highlighting the Network’s Value (Kaci Roach, Project Manager, The New Growth Group and Christopher Spence, Principal, The New Growth Group)
  • 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: College Highlights (Tim Gibson, Director of Buildings and Grounds, John A. Logan College; David Husemoller, Sustainability Manager, College of Lake County, Nate Keener, Director of Sustainability, Lewis and Clark Community College; and Debra Kutska, Sustainability Specialist, Oakton Community College)
  • 3:45 – 4:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks (Katie Davis, Interim Executive Director, IGEN)
  • 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Networking Event/Reception (Medici, 120 W. North St., Normal, IL 61761)

Thursday, April 11

  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast/Check-In
  • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.: Introduction/Welcome
  • 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.: Solar Education and Technical Assistance Opportunities (Eric Rehm, Solar Finance Manager, Midwest Renewable Energy Association)
  • 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.: Future Energy Jobs Act: Opportunities, Status, and Update (Tina Marie Williamson, Field Organizer, Elevate Energy)
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Break
  • 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.: Opportunities, Strategies, and Trends in Building Energy Efficiency (Cassandra Carroll, Marketing and Outreach Program Manager, Smart Energy Design Assistance Center)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Breakout Discussions (Discussions about current funding/programs and with above partners)
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks and Lunch (Katie Davis, Interim Executive Director, IGEN)

Presentations

 

Network Transition and Update – Katie Davis, Illinois Green Economy Network

Climate Change in the Midwest: Challenges and Responses – John Posey, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

State of Solar in Illinois: Jobs, Policies, and Financials – Shannon Fulton, StraightUp Solar

Illinois Monarch Project – Lyndsey Ramsey, Illinois Farm Bureau

Evaluation Services: Highlighting the Network’s Value – Chris Spence, The New Growth Group

College Highlights – Tim Gibson, John A. Logan College

College Highlights – David Husemoller, College of Lake County

College Highlights – Debra Kutska, Oakton Community College

Solar Education and Technical Assistance Opportunities – Eric Rehm, Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Clean Energy Economy: Future Energy Jobs Act Overview/Update – Tina Marie Williamson, Elevate Energy

Opportunities, Strategies, and Trends in Building Energy Efficiency – Cassie Carroll, Smart Energy Design Assistance Center

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