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Sustainability Center

Oakton is committed to being “green.” From its buildings and grounds to eco-friendly events and green management practices, the College works to preserve and protect natural resources and the planet. Sustainable practices and behaviors are designed to meet current needs without compromising those of future generations. As the College's 2013-2017 strategic plan Connecting What Matters notes, "Green initiatives have made sustainability a priority in a wide range of institutional practices, academic offerings, and in the use of the grounds and internal environment.”

Every day Oakton strives to help students, staff, and faculty members undeterstand their connection to the environment, using the college campuses as living laboratories. And seeking sustainable alternatives to existing and future processes in an ongoing process. 

Recent Sustainability Initiatives
Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact
Science and Health Careers Center
Photovoltaic array
Prairie restoration efforts
2014 Waste Stream Study
Near-zero waste events
Outdoor classrooms
Launch of sustainability Facebook page and blog
Sustainability specialist

Student Profile

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It's no surprise that Jacob Schmidt, Ecology Club president, is passionate about the outdoors.