• Green Initiative


    Lewis and Clark Community College’s school color may be a vibrant blue, but a concern for the environment has the college thinking green.

    A leader in community college green efforts, the college created its Office of Sustainability in 2008. Since then, Lewis and Clark has come a long way – through its work with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center℠ and as a part of the Illinois Green Economy Network – in infusing education with sustainability efforts and promoting green living and working practices throughout the community.  

    The threat is real.

    In order to avert the worst impacts and reestablish more stable climate conditions on Earth, the global scientific consensus is that the human race needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by mid-century. Lewis and Clark strives to reduce its environmental impact so we may act as an example to inspire future generations of green citizens. 

    We’re doing our part, and you can too.


    L&C knows the importance of educating students and the community about sustainability solutions and practicing what we preach. We take a multi-pronged approach that seeks to enhance sustainability on campus, in the curricula, in career programs, and in the community. 

    We work to develop curricula that infuse concepts of sustainability and ensure those curricula prepare students for relevant careers in the field of sustainability. Simultaneously, we work with campus partners to implement sustainable practices and hold sustainability-themed events. Finally, we work with the outside community, including public and private partners throughout the region to share best practices and reach throughout and beyond our seven county district.


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