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CLC earns National Green Ribbon School award on Earth Day

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Apr 22, 2020

Reinforcing its reputation as a national leader in sustainability, College of Lake County (CLC) was recently selected as one of five postsecondary institutions to be named a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School (ED-GRS), announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2020. This is the first time the college has been granted this national recognition.

Aerial photo of CLC Science BuildingCLC’s green initiatives are constantly growing. In addition to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Science & Engineering Building completed in January 2018, the college recently introduced a Living Lab Trail, open to the community so that everyone can learn about sustainability. CLC also convenes the Community Partners for Sustainability, a group of representatives from businesses, non-profits, education, local government and the community dedicated to promoting environmental resilience, social responsibility and economic vitality.

“I’m proud CLC is recognized for being a living laboratory that connects learning with community and career opportunities,” said David Husemoller, college sustainability manager. “We have much more in store for campus with a new solar PV array and electric vehicle charging stations.”

Across the country, 39 schools, 11 districts, and five postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 27 states. The selectees include 28 public schools, including three magnet schools and four charter schools, as well as 11 nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2020 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here.

Beyond the Green Ribbon School designation, CLC has received over the last decade nearly 10 regional or national awards or accolades for environmental sustainability. Learn more about CLC's environmental sustainability efforts.

About College of Lake County 

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation. For details, visit or call (847) 543-2000.