Oakton’s Lee Center highlighted in Sept. 22 Illinois Solar Tour

(Sept. 11, 2018) Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, will host a free open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center, as part of the 2018 Illinois Solar Tour, which showcases the contributions of local renewable energy installations.

Guests are invited to walk through the Lee Center to learn more about the sustainable features of the building, certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 23.6 kW sun shade array has been active since the building was erected in 2014. Visitors are invited to view the array from outdoors and through windows on the third floor of the building.

Oakton's Sustainability Specialist will be available to answer questions and provide insights into the college’s renewable energy efforts and Oakton’s commitment to sustainability and the pursuit of renewable energy for its campuses. The college’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in its mission, vision and values statement in addition to its strategic plan, “Success Matters.”

Oakton President Joianne Smith says, “We understand that we are part of a diverse ecosystem and that the sustainable use of resources is important not just for our operations, but for the community and the world.”

In 2017, the college installed a roof-mounted system consisting of approximately 80 solar panels at the Skokie campus. Since then, the array has generated over 22 MWh of electricity for the building. The Skokie location is also home to a test system that is easily accessible for enrolled students and provides them with hands-on experience working with solar panels. Live data from the Lee Center and Skokie rooftop solar arrays are incorporated into the college’s Energy Dashboard, which can be found at www.oakton.edu/sustainability.

For more information, contact dkutska@oakton.edu or 847.635.1768.