Every day, Lincoln Land Community College is actively striving to cut back on energy and water use, reduce waste, and make decisions that take into account our finite natural resources and the impact the campus has on the environment.
For this reason, LLCC recently signed on to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which involves implementing a comprehensive plan to pursue climate neutrality. As the ACUPCC website states, “The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in educating the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming and help create a thriving, civil and sustainable society.”
As an ACUPCC institution, LLCC has agreed to:
- Complete an emissions inventory (currently underway)
- Set a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral (within two years)
- Take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions (see below)
- Integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it part of the educational experience (see below)
- Make the action plan, inventory, and progress reports publicly available.
Early Conservation Measures
In recent years, Lincoln Land Community College has successfully:
- Replaced aged boilers and chillers with high-efficiency units
- Replaced constant air volume handlers with variable air volume handlers
- Installed energy-efficient T8 lighting on campus
- Implemented an energy management system covering Sangamon, Menard, Cass, and the Millennium Center
- Installed new energy-efficient windows and doors in Sangamon, Menard, and Cass
- Adopted the use of green cleaning products in every application that is feasible
The Green Committee
Formed in Fall 2007, the Green Committee is comprised of Lincoln Land Community College faculty, staff, administrators, and a student representative. The goal of the Green Committee is to investigate options for assisting the campus in ways to conserve natural resources and recommend projects that will assist the college in becoming more environmentally neutral.
Through the Green Committee’s efforts, the college has:
- Made steps to switch all vending machines to Energy Star-compliant models over a five-year period
- Required food service providers to utilize biodegradable takeout containers
- Installed occupancy sensors in classrooms to turn off lights during unoccupied periods
- Increased recycling on campus through an information campaign and purchase of new recycling stations
In addition, LLCC is looking at implementing a number of other recommendations provided by the Green Committee.