We strive to ensure a sustainable, healthy community for future generations of students.
Harper College is committed to reducing environmental impact across campus. Through campus up-grades, student coursework, community outreach and individual action, Harper is striving towards carbon neutrality to ensure a healthy, sustainable future at Harper and beyond.
Click on each tab below to see the accomplishments and current projects that are keeping the campus green.
- Harper is committed to working toward carbon neutrality by 2053 under the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), approved by the Board and signed by President Enders in 2010. Read Harper’s Climate Action Plan .PDF
- Harper College has achieved Bronze level certification of the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact
- Occupancy sensors have been installed in most buildings across campus, automatically turning off lights when an area is unoccupied.
- Single pane windows are being converted to double pane windows to increase energy efficiency of campus buildings.
- Incandescent lights have been replaced with LED lighting to save energy.
- Computer labs across campus are set to automatically power down.
- Physical Plant increased efficiency in preventative maintenance and operation of heating and cooling equipment
- New construction and renovations are being completed to LEED silver standards
- 15% of the energy used on campus is purchased from renewable sources
- Electric usage has reduced 13% since the 2010 baseline.
- Beginning in 2014, Harper partnered with Little City to compost pre-consumer food scraps from the kitchen and culinary classes.
- College dining centers offer a ten cent discount on drinks when you use a reusable cup.
- Bioswales are incorporated into the north campus parking lots to catch and filter runoff from parking surfaces.
- Native plants are incorporated into the campus landscaping to increase drought tolerance and reduce maintenance.
- Timed and weather sensitive irrigation systems are in place on campus grounds.
- All yard waste is composted on site.
- Harper College recycles materials campus-wide. See the Harper Recycles chart for how you can contribute.
- Hand dryers have been installed in the bathrooms around campus, significantly reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill.
- The Print Green initiative continues to reduce sheets of paper used for printing by over 1,366 reams a semester.
- Drinking fountains with bottle filling stations are installed around campus, reducing the need for purchased bottled water.
- Harper College offers discounted bus passes for all students and employees, available
at the box office in Building J. Find your bus route at Pacebus.com
- Harper College has two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available for public use, each accommodating two vehicles. Located in Parking lot 13 and the East Campus Parking Structure
- Bike racks are installed around campus. Covered bike storage is available in the East Campus Parking Structure.
Harper offers a wide variety of green classes among many disciplines, both credit and non-credit.
Living green is everyone's responsibility. Here is what you can do to get involved.
- Join the Environmental Club.
- Recycle. College Recycle Chart .PDF
- Find an alternatives to driving. Bike to Harper on bike paths in Palatine, Schaumburg, or outlying areas. Take a bus or find a RideShare through PACE.
- Get updates on green practices during Harper's campus construction.
- Follow the Harper College Green Committee on Facebook
- Share your ideas, email Amy Bandman.
- Increase your environmental IQ: Database with all things sustainability
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AAHSE): A resource guide and network of colleges and universities around the world committed to sustainability