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Green Roof at Southlake Campus

Green Roof at the Southlake Campus

A roof can do more than protect a building: It can make a difference.

That was the innovative thinking behind the College of Lake County's 1999 plan to install vegetative roofing on its new multistory Vernon Hills campus. CLC’s longstanding commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our green roofs being designated as the first use of vegetative roofing atop a public building in Lake County.

The green roofing offers the College of Lake County a living educational venue for students and the wider community, demonstrating vegetative roofing's ability to:

  • Reduce storm water runoff
  • Create a more beautiful and healthy environment
  • Reduce urban heat-island effect
  • Improve oxygen levels and air quality
  • Extend roof service life
  • Reduce carbon monoxide
  • Decrease noise pollution
  • Conserve energy

Instructional Value

“The green roof is a living laboratory and demonstration project for current and future students as well as visitors to the Southlake Campus,” says Roxana Betka, manager of student services.  Tours and training sessions are offered for area schools, business professionals, community organizations, public officials, architects and contractors. For information about the Southlake Campus green roofs or to arrange a tour, please call (847) 543-6519.