• Green Community

    Community Initiatives

    Godfrey Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee 

    Director of Sustainability and Grant Management Nate Keener serves in an advisory capacity on the Godfrey Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee. This committee was formed in 2014 as part of the "Cool Cities" movement led by Sierra Club. The Godfrey Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee's mission is to engage diverse village stakeholders with the goals of improving energy efficiency in municipal operations, protecting the environment and natural systems, and, as a consequence, enhancing quality of life in the Village. The committee also educates the public about energy efficiency and climate change while championing the stakeholder process. The committee has, to date, undertaken a greenhouse gas inventory of village operations and completed a partial LED light retrofit with nearly $20,000 in state funded energy efficiency incentives. The committee also ran a Solarize Godfrey campaign to educate the citizens of Godfrey about the costs, benefits, and incentives available for homes and businesses to install solar energy generating technology. That program led to 150 kw of solar installs at 14 homes and businesses in Godfrey.

    Solarize Madison County/Glen Carbon

    based on the success of the 2016 Solarize Godfrey program, the College was invited to participate as outreach/education lead on the 2017 Solarize Madison County/Glen Carbon program. In collaboration with MREA, Madison County, Glen Carbon, and publicly vetted and selected installer Straight Up Solar, the program successfully led to the installation of 293 kw of solar at 35 Madison County homes.

    eWaste DrivesCommunitySustainability

    L&C holds eWaste drives a couple times per year in conjunction with CJD e-Cycling to give the community an opportunity to safely dispose of electronic waste items. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

    Speakers & Events

    The college welcomes guest speakers and hosts various events throughout the year to highlight different areas of sustainability and raise awareness about the college's green initiatives. These events are generally free and open to the public.


    Lewis and Clark’s commitment to “going green” has been formalized through signed agreements with the following entities:

    Institutional Memberships


    National Great Rivers Research and Education Center℠

    NGRREC is a joint partnership between Lewis and Clark Community College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability (formerly the Illinois Natural History Survey). Visit to learn more.

    Palisades Preserve

    In cooperation with Great Rivers Land Trust, The Conservation Fund and NGRREC; the Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation has preserved nearly 1,000 acres of unique prairie and forest land atop the limestone bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers near Grafton. The Palisades Preserve is a designated Illinois Nature Preserve and contains some of the last remnants of hill prairie in the state. Learn more at the Great Rivers Land Trust page.

    Meeting of the Rivers Foundation

    Lewis and Clark has partnered with the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation and the National Great Rivers Museum to provide high quality education and interpretive experiences that advance public awareness and understanding of great rivers issues, and thereby promote and inspire greater public and private stewardship and active involvement in the protection, preservation, and sustainable use of our river environments. Learn more.

    Illinois Green Economy Network

    L&C partnered with Wilbur Wright, Kankakee and Heartland Community Colleges to form the Illinois Community College Sustainability Network in 2008. In 2010, the Network officially became called the Illinois Green Economy Network under the leadership of five Illinois Community College presidents and a core team of professionals seasoned in delivering sustainability to multiple stakeholders. Learn more at