Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Troy Hattermann
Submission Date Nov. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Illinois Central College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Joe Bergman
Dean of Math, Science and Engineering
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes No
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences No
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution No
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives No

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

SAFE (Student Association for the Environment) - Through various activities and events, seeks to make students and the general public more environmentally aware. By recycling over 20,000 pounds of aluminum from 1987-1996, they were able to purchase and distribute over 22,500 trees.


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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The Horticulture Lab houses fifteen acres of vegetable, flower, native prairie, arboretum, golf green and fairway. This provides students in horticulture and agriculture with a living laboratory. Many biology, botany, zoology and even art faculty bring there students out to the area for class purposes. The lab conducts tours for primary, pre-school and secondary students. Master gardeners serve as volunteers as well as having their own demonstration gardens in garden/lab area. The Central IL Hosta Society has taken over planning, maintenance and expansion of the extensive hosta gardens. Many other plant societies hold meetings in the area.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

The college hold a bi-annual presentation contest for students. Students are able to present speeches on sustainability where the winner receives a prize. The college also has guest speakers come speak on different green topics. The student group, SAFE, also holds documentary showings about once a year.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

ICC periodically hosts activities related to sustainability including showing movies through the Student Association for the Environment (SAFE), gallery showings such as Greg Blair's Environment Aesthetics (Feb 2015), and Lecture Arts Series presentations such as Dr. Abplanalp's lecture entitled "Environmental Justice: Think Globally, Act Locally."


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Every year, a Field Studies of the American Southwest class is offered to students during the summer. This class is offered as either an earth science or biology class. The class is a 17 day trip where students camp, hike and visit National Parks while learning about wildlife and geology. In the guide for the class, students are instructed to respect the ecology of the areas and show a respect for nature. They are not to intentionally damage vegetation or other natural features, pollute lakes/streams, or deface natural or manmade objects.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

The Environmental Science program is designed to prepare the student for a wide range of career opportunities. In addition to the positions traditionally available in laboratories that engage in environmental testing, professional careers exist within governmental agencies, including 1) state and national departments of the EPA; 2) local and state planning departments; 3) state geological and natural history surveys; 4) the National Park Service; 5) soil and water conservation districts; 6) local and state health departments; 7) US Geological Survey; 8) Departments of Natural Resources; and 9) OHSHA. Further, various privately funded organizations maintain a staff of professional trained environmental scientists.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:
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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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