CRYSTAL LAKE – The American Association of Community Colleges has recognized McHenry County College as one of the top-5 institutions for sustainability efforts.
Compared against about 1,200 other community colleges across the nation, McHenry County College was one of five to receive the American Association of Community Colleges Green Genome Award. The award is given to institutions that demonstrate sustainability efforts through community engagement, governance, program design and delivery and strategic partnerships.
“AACC is thrilled to recognize colleges like McHenry County College that have not only prepared a skilled workforce, but have also become change agents in regional efforts to develop a green and sustainable economy,” Walter G. Bumphus, AACC President and CEO, said in a press release.
McHenry County College was specifically praised for its community engagement. In the past year, the college has engaged residents through the annual Green Living Expo, the Bioneers Speaker Series and the annual Green Guide publication.
College officials also increased green efforts with the installation of solar panels at the Shah Center, hosting seven solar education “Power Hours” for the community and implementing a Solar for Schools program that assists area middle and high schools with solar energy courses.
“We are very proud of the work that we are doing in sustainability, and we look forward to introducing additional curricula, events and resources for our college and the entire community,” MCC President Vicky Smith said.