TS09 - Community College as a Living Lab of Sustainability

Saturday, November 17 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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The College of Lake County is an excellent example of a living laboratory for sustainability initiatives. CLC’s new science building is designed to LEED Platinum standards, and renovations on its core buildings are designed to LEED Silver. The college installed solar PV panels and solar thermal panels, and constructed two geothermal heat exchange systems with over 120 geo wells. CLC has been cultivating its natural resources as well. The Grayslake Campus hosts over 20 acres of prairie and 32 acres of wetlands. The Campus Farm grows produce for the college's Cafe Willow and to be sold at the weekly farmers market. The campus also hosts its own apiary and produces honey for sale in the Lancer Zone shop. In addition to growing food, CLC also installed over 2,500 linear feet of bioswales in its parking lots to improve water quality in Willow Lake and the watershed. The technological and natural resources provide excellent educational opportunities for CLC students and community members. These elements are connected and explained along a Sustainability Trail. Through interpretive signage, students, faculty, staff, and other visitors can learn how the sustainability strategies on campus benefit the environment, CLC’s financial resources, and our diverse populations. There is limited wheelchair accessibility.

Learning Objectives:

Explain how energy efficiency strategies, renewable solar energy, geothermal heat exchange, and water conservation are utilized together to make an energy-intensive building like the Science Building more energy-efficient.

Observe how natural resources and a campus farm are integrated into campus grounds and operations.

Summarize through experience how different dimensions of wellness are incorporated into a sustainability-minded walking trail.

Describe how the campus is a living laboratory for sustainability, integrating technological and natural resources with opportunities for career development and community service.

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Event Type: Tour > Session