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Green Initiatives at CLC

Sustainable CLC

As the top-ranked community college for sustainability in Illinois, the College of Lake County serves as a center of innovation and excellence in sustainability, a living laboratory "Greening" our Campus, our Curriculum and our Community. Check out what is going on at CLC with the Earth Week calendar.

Our Sustainability Plan

The College of Lake County has goals and performance metrics established to help the college along its path to sustainability with its Sustainability Plan (PDF) and tracks its progress in the Annual Sustainability Plan Performance Report (PDF).

Our Sustainability Awards

The College of Lake County is ranked number 7 in North America by AASHE's 2019 Sustainable Campus Index (PDF) with its Silver STARS rating. CLC is proud to that its Café Willow has received a 3 Star rating with its Green Restaurant Certification.  The college has been certified by Bee Campus USA and Tree Campus USA. CLC a 2018 Illinois Sustainability Award from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. CLC received a 2017 Best Management Practice Project award from the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission. The Science and Engineering Building received the 2019 AIA Sustainability Award and the USGBC Illinois Chapter’s 2017 Emerald Award. In 2016, CLC earned a Green Genome Award for integrating sustainability into its “genetic fabric.” CLC is a charter signatory of Second Nature’s Climate Commitment and a finalist for the 2015 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. CLC is proud to be recognized with a 2020 Green Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The Green Ribbon Award recognizes schools, districts and institutions of higher education to strive for 21st-century excellence by promising sustainability practices and resources that reduce environmental impact and costs, improve the health and wellness of students and staff, and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.

Our Partners

Silver STARS rating from AASHE
Monarch Watch
Climate Commitment
Bee Campus USA Logo
Tree Campus USA logo
Illinois Foodscrap Coalition logo
Green Restaurant Certification logo

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools logo

Resources for more information