We strive to ensure a sustainable, healthy college community for future generations of students.

Increase Your Environmental I.Q.

 Green Classes

 What You Can Do

Key Objectives

  • 2010-12: Additional paper/plastic/metal recycling bins are installed in campus buildings and in cafeteria.
  • 2011: Environmental Club paints and installs aluminum can collection bins on campus.
  • 2010: Processes are in place for recycling books, batteries, small electronic devices and ink/toner cartridges. See Recycle Chart for details.
  • Sensitive/office paper is shredded and recycled every week. Baled cardboard, metal, etc. is held for pickup, recycled every 4-6 weeks.
  • Harper lawn cuttings are composted on campus.
  • Harper works with Pace Rideshare. Sign up at Select "William Rainey Harper College" as your destination.
  • Harper Box Office offers discounted Pace bus passes. Visit the Box Office, Building J, Room J135, 847.925.6100
  • 2009: Custodial uses all green cleaning supplies except for sanitizers, which are not marketed yet.
  • 2010: Harper moved to biodegradable graduation gowns.
  • 2011: Copier paper purchased for Harper Publishing Services and all campus copiers is changed from virgin fiber to 30% recycled content.
  • 2009/10: Renovations replace Vinyl Composition Tile with adhesive carpet squares: enables individual replacement and cuts waxing costs.
  • 2011/12: HCGC works with Purchasing and Office Max for green standards for campus purchased products.
  • Harper has an Environmental Management Plan.
  • 1998: The Environmental Club, comprised of Harper students is created. 
  • 2009: Sustainability page on Harper website is created. Lists resources, events and green classes.
  • 2009: Green Committee Facebook page is created. Daily information updates.
  • 2009: Sustainable Living Continuing Education Certificate is established as a new program.
  • 2010: HCGC begins annual presence at fall and spring Welcome Week events. Recycling informational posters placed in department break rooms.
  • 2011: Weekly "Green Flashes" are published on the employee intranet, with tips and information about sustainability. 2011: The Environmental Club films a bioswale video.
  • 2011: Faculty Fellows Program for sustainability in curriculum is initiated.
  • 2011/12: HCGC sponsors Earth Week events for campus and community. In 2012 more than a dozen events were presented to campus and communities, including films, speakers and an environmental fair.
  • Email address for Sustainability Q amp;A created to dialog with campus and community.
  • 2010: A new position of Teaching and Learning Sustainability Coordinator is created. Jacque Mott is named as Coordinator, and creates a Green Resource Guide for campus, faculty and community.
  • 2011: Cafeteria offers biodegradable paper boat containers as alternatives to foam clamshells.
  • 2009/10: I/T Print Green initiative reduces excessive printing on campus. In one semester:
    • Total number of print jobs was reduced by 83,722.
    • Total pages printed was reduced by 489,870.
    • Total sheets of paper was reduced by over 1,366 reams of paper.
  • 2010: Physical Plant replaced old incandescent lights with outdoor LED lighting between B and S buildings, achieving 75% savings in energy.
  • 2010: Computer labs are set to automatically power down. I/T is working on a new method to set office computers to power down for more energy savings.
  • 2011: Physical Plant increased efficiency in preventive maintenance and operation of heating and cooling equipment, significantly reducing natural gas use and cost.
  • 2011: I/T installs copiers in all divisional offices that copy to image instead of paper. A bookscan station is added in the library so students can scan to email or USB instead of making paper copies.
  • 2013: Per state law, all new buildings and any retrofitted buildings that use state funding for the project are required to be LEED silver certified.
  • 2007/2008: Timed sprinkler systems are installed on campus.
  • 2010/11: Drinking fountains with bottle filling stations are added in buildings A, C, L, M, S and Y. This encourages use of reusable containers and reduces the need for purchased bottled water.
  • 2012: Renovation of north campus parking lots includes bioswales to filter water runoff from parking surfaces.
  • 2008: Harper's Green Committee was established to research and recommend actions for sustainability on campus. Contact the Green Committee.
  • 2010: Board approves and President Ender signs the American College  amp; University Presidents' Climate Commitment  (APUPCC). Harper commits to steps to reach a zero carbon footprint within 15 years. President Ender also signs Sustainability Compact with Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn.
  • December, 2012: The College installs an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in parking lot 14 which accommodates two vehicles. The location shows up on the ChargePoint webpage. Most electric vehicle owners have a ChargePoint Network charge card to use at EV charging stations. The cost is $2/hr and the units are available for public use.