North Central College - Naperville, IL

Going Green Reaps Results

North Central College joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

The Princeton Review has named North Central College as among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America. The education services company selected the College for inclusion in the second annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.” The Princeton Review chose schools for the guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2010 about their school’s sustainability initiatives.

“North Central College recognizes that a commitment to sustainability is not a single program or final destination but rather a dynamic, integral part of our campus culture,” says Abby Hahne, the College’s sustainability coordinator. “Our inclusion in this guide is indicative of the progress North Central has made in providing a campus lifestyle which prepares and enables our students to compete for a growing number of sustainability-related leadership, service and employment opportunities.”

The Princeton Review first created this resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification.

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, President Harold Wilde signed a new Sustainability Compact pledging to achieve the State of Illinois’ highest recognition for energy-saving and environmentally friendly initiatives. North Central is among the first institutions of higher education in Illinois to seek gold status under a new Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact. The Compact includes objectives such as purchasing renewable energy, implementing green building practices, developing sustainable transportation options, improving water conservation and incorporating sustainable dining practices. Participating institutions are recognized by the state for achieving bronze, silver or gold status, depending on level of commitment.

“Only a handful of campuses so far have sought gold status,” said Eric Heineman, sustainability policy advisor for Gov. Pat Quinn. Heineman attended the signing on April 18.

Wilde said the pledge is a fitting part of North Central’s yearlong celebration of its Sesquicentennial. “We’ve always been an institution that has had a waste-not, want-not ethic,” Wilde said. “You can’t solve the problems in the world unless you first solve the problems in your own house.”