North Central College in Naperville IL joined the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, a movement to help minimize carbon footprints on campus. With the use of green revolving funds provided by an endowment to the college, $1B will be invested towards improving the school’s energy efficiency. North Central College is just one of 62 partners with the Billion Dollar Green Challenge across the U.S. and Canada, collectively investing over $130M in sustainable measures at their educational and nonprofit organizations. Another Illinois participant to the initiative is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A 538.56 kw solar array equipped with 250-kw of energy storage will soon be installed in North Central College’s recreation center and residence hall. The building, at over 200,000 square feet in size, is estimated to have as much as 22% of its electricity powered by the solar panels. And by switching existing lighting over to energy-efficient LED lighting systems in a dorm, the gym, the pool, the track and field house, and the student activity center, it will prove to be only the beginning of the many opportunities they have planned to devote to sustainable projects as they acknowledge the importance of environmental awareness and reform.
However, the need for green energy on campus is not purely just for energy efficiency, but also serves as an economic measure to provide a means of replacing their older technologies with more effective and cleaner energy systems that conform to budget constraints. As a model to the community, North Central College wants to be a leader of change so that others may follow suit. Certainly, the city of Naperville itself already stands by many other environmental initiatives for sustainable living, what with its own Environmental Sustainability Plan, Naperville Parks District’s Knoch Knolls Nature Center, nature programs, recycling programs, the conservation of its forests, wildlife, and fresh water, and the State of Illinois’ Conservation Foundation.
Putting Naperville on the map for being in the Billion Dollar Green Challenge is one that the city is proud to add to its long list of accolades that makes it a great city in which to live! North Central College looks forward to their green future and more ways they can continue to benefit the community.
How the Community Can Help Support the Billion Dollar Green Challenge on Campus
Students, administration, and the general public may all take on roles to help:
- Oversee the development and execution of special projects pertaining to the use of efficiency funds.
- Participate in the funding of project proposals.
- Participate in the outreach for hybrid funds to be used in reducing costs by sustainable measures.
About the Billion Dollar Green Challenge
Before the Billion Dollar Green Challenge began in 2011, the Sustainable Endowments Institute formed in 2005 to help provide institutions and nonprofits with the resources, research, and education needed to reduce energy consumption. Through its partnership with the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, the SEI promotes green funding of $1B for higher education institutes and nonprofits.
Would you like to know more about Naperville and its educational institutions? From award-winning schools to top performing colleges, the City of Naperville has gained national regonition for its high levels of education. We, at Ryan Hill Realty are strong believers in supporting education initiatives and furthering the Arts in our community. To see the several events Ryan Hill Realty co-sponsors at North Central College, please visit: http://bit.ly/northcentralcollege_ryanhillrealty.
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