Joliet Junior College was one of 21 Illinois colleges and universities honored recently with an Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact award, presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois on Nov. 9.
The college was one of only eight institutions to earn a gold-level award for integrating sustainability throughout its campus and working towards measured improvement. The compact includes objectives such as purchasing renewable energy, implementing green building practices, developing sustainable transportation options, improving water conservation, and incorporating sustainable dining practices.
“Two years ago, Joliet Junior College joined dozens of institutions of higher learning by signing the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact and accepting the Governor’s challenge,” Maria Rafac, JJC professor and co-chair of the college’s sustainability committee, said. “We have proven our continuous commitment to sustainability and the communities we serve by earning this award.”
The Illinois colleges and universities honored were:
Danville Area Community College – Danville – Bronze
DePaul University – Chicago – Bronze
Elmhurst College – Elmhurst – Bronze
Heartland Community College – Normal – Bronze
Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago – Gold
Joliet Junior College – Joliet – Gold
Kankakee Community College – Kankakee – Gold
Lewis & Clark Community College – Godfrey – Gold
Lewis University – Romeoville – Bronze
Lincoln Land Community College – Springfield – Bronze
Moraine Valley Community College – Palos Hills – Gold
Northwestern College – Bridgeview – Bronze
Northwestern University – Chicago – Bronze
Roosevelt University – Chicago – Bronze
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Bronze
Southwestern Illinois College – Belleville – Bronze
Triton College – River Grove – Bronze
University of Illinois at Chicago – Gold
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Gold
Waubonsee Community College – Aurora – Gold
Wilbur Wright College – Chicago – Bronze
"These organizations have shown that it is possible to create and maintain conditions under which people and the environment can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social and economic requirements of present and future generations,” said Manohar Kulkarni, ISTC Director.
In addition, 21 companies and organizations from Illinois were also honored with Governor’s Sustainability Awards, companies that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices that will also save money and help the economy.