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"The Community College Perspective in the Emerging Green Economy"
Author: Sharp, Leith,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: May/June 2011

Almost half of all students entering higher education now do so through the community college sector. These institutions are a trusted and vital source of education, training, and information for their communities. They are also at the front-line in the society's never ending battle to provide the skills and capacities necessary to ensure economic, social and environmental well being. One of today's most important battles involves preparing society for the emerging green economy. The United States is falling behind in realizing the job growth potential that other nations are realizing. Many cost-effective and viable green innovations are failing to take hold due to a lack of related training and education. By addressing this problem, the community college sector will provide a vital stimulus to the green economy. In Illinois, the community college presidents have created one of the most important green economy initiatives in the country, the Illinois Green Economy Network, a partnership of the 48 community colleges of Illinois. In this article, the author describes the structure of the Illinois Green Economy Network, the importance of IGEN to Illinois, and the strategy of IGEN.

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