Sustainability • Building Sciences

Success Stories

Furniture from Reclaimed Lumber

Sustainable design within architecture and construction is the focus of Rend Lake College’s two new certificate programs: Green Facilities Management and Sustainable Design Green Building. In both programs, students receive hands-on experience during lab hours, using cutting-edge software. Two students that completed the Green Facilities Management program already found jobs within the field.

HVAC on a Building

At John A. Logan College, students interested in sustainable energy have a lot more options as a result of the IGEN Career Pathways grant. The school developed two new certificate programs and updated existing classes to create a new associate degree program with added equipment for increased hands-on experience.

Solar Panels on a Roof

Since the program began, 18 students have completed the Introduction to Solar Photo-Voltaic course. Students were a mix of traditional and non-traditional students who attended courses on a full time and part time basis.


James first heard about the ELP through Ameren and was glad the program was there. As he worked toward BPI Certification, James needed to practice for the field portion of the examination. James turned to the Equipment Loan Program to borrow a set of equipment at which he needed proficiency.

Solar Panel Technicians (Students)

Heartland Community College has expanded its HVACR program, including geothermal, solar thermal, and sustainable energy classes. The program also added certificates in Building Controls Skills and sustainable Energy Systems, as well as a degree in Sustainable Energy Systems.

Calvin Ccintosh

A local Marine veteran, Calvin McIntosh, found a future in a green career, through College of Lake County’s HVAC/R program. CLC’s HVAC/R program is part of their Green Facilities Management Program.

Light Installation

Five Illinois community colleges are installing almost 900 energy-efficient outdoor lights this spring with the help of a grant arranged through the Illinois Green Economy Network. The new LED fixtures will provide brighter light and save an estimated 615,080 kilowatt hours, or more than $68,000 a year.

HVAC Technician

“I honestly don’t know what I would have done without that program being all that it is”, says Belford. With a sudden career change, Belford completed the program and is now working in the field.