Heartland Community College's decision to reach for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification began as an understanding that the college needed to accept responsibility for its environmental effects. Supported by the State of Illinois and the Capital Development Board, the emphasis of the Workforce Development Center's construction on energy-efficiency and earth friendly standards will make it the first state-funded certified "green" building in Illinois. It is the hope of leaders at Heartland Community College that the efforts made will inspire campuses throughout the Midwest.
Locally, Bloomington and Normal work to increase environmental stewardship efforts through the emphasis of recycling, support of local businesses, "green" building design, community service/outreach and educational opportunities. Heartland Community College also supports and is participating in similar efforts through the environmentally conscious construction of the Workforce Development Center.
Heartland believes in its responsibility to be a resource of enrichment and enhancement to the local community. The students, staff and faculty at Heartland contribute with their involvement in the efforts of the Institution as well as in many community outreach and volunteer services.
Just as members of our campus community make a positive impact, Heartland Community College understands that it plays a role in the economic and environmental health of central Illinois. In fact, colleges and universities across the country are increasingly more aware of their impacts on the environment. The amount of waste generated and the resources used by colleges and universities are vast. Therefore, it is the responsibility of institutions of higher education to take a leadership role in the management and protection of our environment.