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. 

Going Green

Click on each tab below to see the accomplishments and current projects that are keeping the campus green. 


  • 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.
  • 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.
Water Station
  • 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.
Car Charging Station
  • Harper College offers discounted bus passes for all students and employees, available at the box office in Building J.  Find your bus route at  

  • 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.

Green Classes

Harper offers a wide variety of green classes among many disciplines, both credit and non-credit.

Take Action

Living green is everyone's responsibility.  Here is what you can do to get involved.