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Heartland's Commitment to Sustainability

Heartland Community College is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.

Board Policy 3.10 Environmental Stewardship

In November 2007, the College's Board of Trustees adopted the following policy: "Heartland Community College embraces environmental stewardship to support a sustainable future and integrates principles of sustainability into its programs, policies, and practices."

Illinois Sustainable University Compact

In January 2007, Heartland Community College signed Governor Quinn's Illinois Sustainable University Compact. In doing so the College joins other educational institutions in improving the health and sustainability of Illinois campuses. The College's initial commitment is to achieve six of twelve proposed goals by December 31, 2010. These include:

  1. Acquiring at least 3% of energy for the campus from renewable sources.
  2. Joining U.S. EPA's Energy Star Challenge to increase energy efficiency on campus.
  3. Pledging that all new buildings constructed on campus will conform to US Green Building Council's (USBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
  4. Promoting more sustainable transportation options, such as:
    • Purchasing hybrid and flex-fuel vehicles whenever practical
    • Using renewable fuels for the campus fleet
    • Establishing successful car-sharing and carpooling programs on campus.
  5. Completing at least one stormwater management project such as:
    • Installing permeable pavement in a parking lot on campus.
    • Creating a rain garden to reduce damage from campus flooding
    • Incorporating swales into landscaping to improve drainage and reduce erosion.
  6. Using non-toxic cleaning products.

American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

In November 2007, Heartland Community College signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to model ways to minimize global warming emissions and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality. The College is developing a comprehensive plan to attain climate neutrality through such actions as taking an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, setting target dates and specific actions for reducing emissions, and establishing tracking mechanisms for periodic progress reports that will be made available to the public.

FY2008-2012 Strategic Plan

In November 2008, the College Board of Trustees adopted an updated Strategic Goal #3 to emphasize sustainability principles throughout all college endeavors, including the design, building and operation of new campus buildings in accordance with LEED standards and to assist district residents, homeowners and businesses as they prepare for the new energy economy through workforce development, continuing education, business training and technology education.

FY2013-2017 Strategic Plan

In the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, the College has adopted eight new Foundation Commitments and 17 enduring goals.  One Foundational Commitment and two enduring goals are directly related to sustainability.

Modeling Stewardship and Sustainability

  1. HCC will adhere to informed and responsible practices that safeguard social, economic and environmental well-being.
  2. HCC will practice visionary planning, actively pursuing resources and partnerships to ensure our long-term viability.