Welcome to changemaking

Build a better planet—a clean, green place for you, your family and your neighbors—with a degree in Sustainability. Explore alternative forms of energy, emerging technologies and ways to nurture our beautiful world.

Be part of the solution as you help to create lasting social justice. Save money while you start your journey toward sustainable change. Earn an associate’s degree or certificate, and if you choose to continue your education, transfer easily for your bachelor’s.

Why study Sustainability with us?

At CLC, we practice what we preach. We’re a national leader in campus sustainability efforts, and our initiatives range from green buildings to expanded learning opportunities for our students, faculty and staff members, and neighbors. Our work is broad and ongoing, and it’s guided by a Sustainability Plan (PDF) with clear goals and metrics. See how we’re doing through our annual Performance Report (PDF).

As a CLC student, you can help guide our important work with your energy, feedback and on-campus involvement. Consider joining the Sustainability Club as you grow in your education and prepare to be a leader in your field.

Sustainability is an emerging branch of science. Begin your work in this field at a college that shares your concerns.

Sustainable CLC

CLC is recognized as a local and national leader in sustainability. We inspire students, the Lake County community and other colleges to improve their impact on the environment and create opportunities in the workforce. Learn how CLC is greening our campus.


  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Transfer Degree

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

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Courses in the program

Learn all about ecology, the economy and equity.

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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Be debt-free at CLC

CLC has some of the lowest tuition around. Financial aid and scholarships are available—even for working adults.

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Discover majors and career paths to complement and extend your intuitive interests and abilities.

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