Success Stories

Godfrey, IL, June 25, 2015 — Lewis and Clark Community College announced today that it was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2014-2015 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the NJCAA/Region 24. Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power […]

If Shane LaRue, Brad Lowery or Nathaniel Johnson would have told their grade school teachers that they wanted to grow up and work on windmills, there might have been laughter in the classroom. In rural communities, the word “windmill” only referred to those little towers that pumped water for farmers. Twenty years ago, when those […]

Solar Panels

Rock Valley College (RVC) is an early adopter of sustainability education and practices. RVC has implemented a wide array of behavior changes on campus that have greatly reduced energy consumption. The college also offers students a robust set of courses leading to a degree in Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) design. Now Rock Valley College is […]

CLC Living Laboratory

The College of Lake County is poised to be a leader in sustainability with energy efficient buildings that save the college money, as well as provide learning opportunities for students and the community.   The college is undergoing dramatic changes to its campuses, with new construction and renovation of its existing buildings to make them energy […]

Solar Panels on a Building

Kankakee Community College created Power Pack Kankakee to educate homeowners and businesses on the benefits of solar energy. In partnership with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, they are helping to create a sustainable local market for solar energy by: Establishing a customer base for local solar installers. Facilitating lower cost solar installation for customers. Supporting U.S. […]

CNC Student Operator

The IGEN Career Pathways Grant helped Southwestern Illinois College to transform its manual machining program into a state-of-the-art Precision Machining Technology program that now ranks among the best in the state.

Female Student in a Lab

The Biofuels Manufacturing (BFM) Technology AAS degree at Carl Sandburg College provides students with a challenging curriculum and a comprehensive introduction to the fast growing field of biofuels manufacturing.

Wooden Deck

Lewis and Clark Community College coordinated and implemented the ISTC Water Audit Training project. With 30 staff and faculty members from many colleges in attendance, they demonstrated how to conduct campus water audits and make water efficiency improvements. These schools are now conducting their own audit and improvement efforts. In addition, Lewis and Clark is […]

Recycling Cans

KCC is one of the first schools to offer an important new 6 credit hour, online Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) Certificate program. Graduates will be eligible to take the new nationally accredited Illinois State SRM certification exam. Seven KCC graduates have already taken the course and are all employed in the field of waste management. […]

Reclaimed Lumber

Illinois Central College developed a certificate program for deconstruction to teach students what to salvage, recycle, or throw away. The program consists of four courses, to be completed during one semester, in classroom, online, or a combination format. The final course is an internship with a local business, working on a deconstruction project.