College of Lake County Continues Sustainability Efforts

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College of Lake County Continues Sustainability Efforts


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Through campus-focused projects and statewide collaborations, the College of Lake County is achieving energy cost savings and creating new academic programs to teach in-demand sustainability-related job skills.

College of Lake County trustees received updates recently on progress on sustainability efforts ranging from facilities improvements to curriculum, many funded by state and federal grants.

Since 2009, CLC has been a partner in $22.3 million in sustainability-related grants awarded to Illinois community colleges, receiving $6.9 million of that amount.

The college estimates that projects like installing solar thermal panels, LED classroom and hallway fixtures and boiler tuneups have already saved about $500,000 in energy costs over the last three years.

"These kinds of results are a good reason that sustainability is included in our college strategic plan," said Board Chairman Richard Anderson following the monthly board meeting.

The board updates focused on two major sustainability initiatives: the college's participation in the Illinois Green Economy Network, a consortium of community colleges established to advance the green economy and provide job preparation for emerging green jobs, and work on a $19.3 million U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Act grant focused on creating new online curricula for green economy jobs and providing job assistance services for displaced workers.

CLC is the administrative agent for the network and also operates its own Sustainability and Green Economy centers, dedicated to encouraging green practices on campus, developing sustainability-related curricula and assisting local communities and individuals in adopting sustainability practices.

The TAA grant is a partnership among 17 Illinois community colleges. CLC wrote the grant proposal and serves as the fiscal and administrative agent for grant, which was awarded in 2011.

The grant's goals are to help low-skilled workers gain better jobs, develop career training programs that meet industry needs and strengthen online and technology-assisted instruction, according to Terri Berryman, grant director.

Several staff and community members reported on the progress of the network activities and the TAA grant. …

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