Moraine Valley is proud to have a Center for Sustainability, which was made possible in part by the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN). IGEN is an initiative that unites the state’s 48 community colleges in a joint effort to stimulate the green economy through a strategic provision of green workforce training, market transformation and community outreach.

sustainability-graphic-250The college’s commitment to sustainability is a multifaceted effort:

Green Campus – Guides the college’s operational and structural procedures and policies between the environment, our people and future prosperity.

Green Careers – Supports green jobs training, awareness of green businesses in the local area, and building the capacity for the community to create a local green economy.

Green Curriculum – Supports infusing sustainability across curriculum creating a larger population of the workforce that understands sustainability and how it relates to their work and lives.

Green Communities – Serves as a resource to Moraine Valley students, staff, faculty, business members and residents.

A Leader in Sustainability

Sustainability efforts at Moraine Valley began in the mid-1970s when the college, understanding the importance of natural resource preservation, set aside 40 acres of its campus to be preserved as a nature study area to use as a living learning lab. Throughout the years, faculty encouraged environmental awareness through recycling and Earth Day celebrations.

Our sustainability timeline shows historical activities and proactive leadership. ThisĀ led to a formal adoption of a Board of Trustees Statement of Sustainability Commitment, the foundation of a Center for Sustainability, opening in 2010 of our Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park, our first U.S. Green Building Council LEED Certified building, obtaining a Gold Level status to the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact, and the Presidential commitment to campus carbon neutrality by signing Second Nature’s Climate Commitment.

Sustainability Efforts

  • Installation of Bring Your Own Bottle Hydration Stations
  • Establishment of the campus garden from which a harvest was donated to a local food pantry.
  • Recipient of the LEED platinum designation for its Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park
  • Establishment of a sustainability task force with the signing of the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact
  • Achieved Gold, the highest level, in the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact
  • GainedĀ Tree Campus USA status in 2010, and maintained the credential
  • Creation of awareness for the International Day of Climate Action
  • President Jenkins pledged to make the campus carbon neutral by 2042, by signing Second Nature Action Plan.

Question? Contact the Center for Sustainability, L242 located in the library. Stephanie Presseller, Sustainability Manager: 708-974-5412