Lewis and Clark Honored with Governor’s Sustainability Award

Article by: Louise Jett,
GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College was the only community college to be honored with the 2013 Governor’s Sustainability Award presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) Oct. 29 in Peoria.

“Lewis and Clark considers itself a regional and statewide leader in the Sustainability movement,” said L&C Director of Sustainability Nate Keener. “We are proud to be the only Illinois community college to earn the 2013 Governor’s Sustainability Award and will continue to vigorously pursue a more sustainable future. We will continue to work with students, campus staff and industry and community partners to achieve our shared and worthwhile goals.”

After earning the Governor’s Sustainability Award in 2011, Lewis and Clark Community College has continued to make aggressive strides toward its lofty goal of campus carbon neutrality in 2058.

Besides L&C, twenty-six other Illinois companies and organizations were honored by the ISTC for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future and improving the economy. The ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

L&C and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were the only two higher educational institutions recognized with this level of achievement. Any Illinois public or private organization is eligible to apply for the award. Winners are selected through a rigorous process of review and examination by ISTC technical assistance experts.

“In working for a greener tomorrow, these businesses and organizations not only preserve our resources, protect our environment, reduce their costs and increase their competitiveness, they also help develop more sustainable technologies and become our greatest allies in the diffusion of new ideas and new attitudes about how business is done in Illinois,” said ISTC Interim Director David Thomas.

L&C has launched many new initiatives in the focus areas of energy conservation, including renewable energy production, recycling and reusing, commuting and campus fleets, policy, behavior changes and student engagement.

At the same time, L&C continues to engage partners from sustainable industries and other non-profit and/or governmental agencies to formalize and solidify its commitment to achieve its sustainability goals.

Renovation plans for repurposing the greenhouse in the Trimpe Advanced Technology Center into an Alternative Energy Production Center (AEPC) are underway. L&C has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ameren for the purpose of installing and operating one of the nation’s first alternative energy, state-of-the-art fuel cells as part of the planned renovations.

The fuel cell will generate 5kw power within the Trimpe ATC; provide a teaching opportunity for L&C faculty in an important alternative energy technology; offer Ameren a fuel cell demonstration site for its strategic partners; and provide data on fuel cell technology associated with Smart Meter and Dashboard systems for both Ameren and L&C’s sustainability program master plan.

“Lewis and Clark is proud of its progress, ahead of schedule, toward a carbon neutral campus, and is excited to continue work toward this worthy goal,” L&C President Dale Chapman said.

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