Sustainability • Energy

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 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. […]

Wind Turbine Technician

Greg Hansbraugh cites the job placement rate for students as the best indicator of the program’s success. “In addition to working on wind farms in Illinois students have secured jobs across the country, including Michigan, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and even in Puerto Rico” said Hansbraugh.

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.