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Dream a Little big Dream With us!. October 2012 AASHE Conference Los Angeles, California. ILLINOIS GREEN ECONOMY NETWORK. What If….. All community college presidents in a state got together And committed to increasing sustainability

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dream a little big dream with us

Dream a Little big Dream With us!

October 2012

AASHE Conference

Los Angeles, California

illinois green economy network
  • What If…..
  • All community college presidents in a state got together
  • And committed to increasing sustainability
  • Then convinced the Governor of the importance of sustainability
  • And received seed money and grants from the state
  • Then prepared a grant proposal to the DOL
  • And received funding to change the way students are taught……
  • Illinois Green Economy Network is born (2006) and….
  • IGEN Career Pathways (2011) takes off…..


vision and strategic program areas

To position the Illinois Community College System as a global leader in transforming education and the economy for a sustainable future.

Green Curriculum

Green Campuses

Green Careers

Green Communities

Make sustainability a guiding principle for all institutional practices, promote successful initiatives that reduce energy use and the environmental impact at campuses, and enable colleges to serve as sustainable demonstration sites for teaching and community engagement

Identify, develop and expand quality green job/career training for students and

workers, effectively informed by community and employer partnerships (balance demand/supply)

Provide assistance and training to Illinois community college faculty to integrate

sustainability and green economy content into most disciplines and in general education programs

Serve as regional and sector partners for mobilizing community and employer engagement, fostering community education, and supporting action for environmental sustainability

top ten accomplishments
Top Ten accomplishments
  • Led the nation in sustainability collaboration
  • Developed working groups tasked with moving forward efforts to build a green economy
  • Expanded from 4 to 20 Illinois community college sustainability centers
  • Trained more than 250 faculty members at 15 community colleges
  • Offered 253 workforce training programs attended by more than 7,050 people
top ten accomplishments1
Top Ten accomplishments
  • Hosted sustainability events and workshops reaching more than 102,610 community members, students, staff, and faculty
  • Offered more than 850 builders and codes officials free, full-day Illinois International Energy Codes Training sessions
  • Trained more than 500 college staff, students, and business members
  • Implemented $1.6 million in electric and gas energy-saving measures
  • Leveraged more than $20 million in federal grants
igen leadership

Presidents Steering Committee

driving green economic development in illinois

IGEN’s cooperative approach leverages the power of a sustainability network with the deep community connections of individual collegesand the innovative strength of businesses and industry to:

  • Expand deployment of clean energy technologies
  • Increase employment opportunities
  • Foster community engagement
  • Improve human and environmental health
  • Accelerate market competitiveness
network collaboration

IGEN colleges share lessons learned and best practices around sustainability and energy projects through open communication, ongoing cooperation and innovative partnerships

heartland community college
Heartland Community College

June 2012

1.65 MW Wind Turbine – Vestas8.2

lake land college
Lake Land College
  • Goals:
    • Entire campus can be taken off grid
    • Grid positive
  • How?
    • Campus diesel
    • Geothermal
    • Currently 4 kW PV
    • Installing 40kW PV
    • One 10 kW turbine
    • Two 100 kW turbines
lake land college1
Lake Land College
  • Existing Curriculum
    • Home automation
    • PV
    • Wind
  • Planned Curriculum
    • Building automation
    • Smart Grid
bhag 1 reduce time to completion and retention
Bhag 1 – Reduce time to completion and retention
  • College Navigator
    • Access to resources so student s get the right start
      • Test prep
      • Career Advising
      • Financial Aid assistance
      • Referral Network
  • Embedded general education to enable accelerated completion
bhag 2 leverage technology to improve outcomes
Bhag 2 – Leverage Technology to improve outcomes
  • NTER – Hybrid delivery of courses – 3D capability
  • Cloud Hosted Application – faster response time
  • Intrusive Text Messaging Advising
  • Virtual Career Network
bhag 3 develop 33 programs
BHAG 3 – Develop 33 Programs
  • 33/5/193
  • Outcomes based curriculum design
  • Backward build
bhag 4 create statewide employer advisory board
BHAG 4 – Create Statewide employer advisory board
  • Partner with employers and organizations to better understand core green skills
  • Use skills identified to contextualize learning
  • Provide feedback mechanism with employers for continual updating of curriculum
ultimate bhag
Ultimate BHAG
  • Elevate the discussion of sustainability education in the state of Illinois
  • Make community colleges the center of the discussion
  • Provide a network

IGEN is a


multi-college sustainability initiative transforming how educational institutions, businesses, government and community organizations partner together to produce new pathways to

green careers and drive green economic development



Julie ElzanatiHeartland Community Collegejulie.elzanati@heartland.eduTerri BerrymanCollege of Lake Countytberryman@clcillinois.edu