IGEN Illinois Community College Monarch Migration Network
Illinois community colleges are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose populations have declined by 80% in the last 20 years. We are committing to modeling monarch conservation on our campuses by creating habitat, educating students and the public, and forming partnerships in order to help the monarch flourish across our state and across the continent.
1. Sign the Pledge
By joining the IGEN Illinois Community College Monarch Migration Network, your college will commit to restoring and creating habitat and leveraging the college’s unique assets to aid monarch conservation through education, outreach and partnerships. Read the Agreement and then sign the Pledge online.
2. Choose Your Actions
There are four categories of action: Habitat, Education, Community Outreach, and Partnerships/Knowledge Sharing. For basic certification as “Monarch Protector,” a college must complete the required action item under each category. Colleges that choose to complete six additional items under any combination of categories will be certified as “Monarch Champion.” Read the Monarch Migration Network Action Steps.
3. Take Action
After the college president has signed the pledge and the college has decided which projects to work on over the next year, it’s time to start taking action!
4. Report Progress
Once your college has implemented action steps, the main contact person indicated in the application should fill out a simple online reporting form when the initial action steps are implemented and on an annual basis thereafter. The reporting process should only take 15-20 minutes depending on how many action items you are reporting. The data we collect will allow us to track the collective outcomes and impact of our work. The reporting form also includes a place to share inspiring stories and photographs which will be published in the IGEN newsletter. Report actions.
5. Get Certified!
Colleges will be certified as soon as actions are completed and reported. Annually, the information colleges submit will be assessed by the IGEN Illinois Community College Monarch Migration Network. Representatives may follow-up to ask for more details on specific projects.
At the annual IGEN sustainability conference, participating colleges will be recognized as “Monarch Protectors” and “Monarch Champions”. Colleges will be provided with a logo that can be displayed on their website or other communications to share their efforts with others. To stay certified, colleges should submit their annual reports by December 31 of each year, if their actions have stayed the same, and/or if they have added new ones.