Spoon River College and Sustainability
Spoon River College’s Mission is to provide a learning environment that offers a broad range of educational programs, cultural activities, and economic development opportunities that empower individuals and enhance the communities we serve.
By adopting green initiatives and educating college and community residents about sustainability, the college broadens the range of educational programs, ensures the future of the district’s long and rich culture, and offers new and promising economic opportunities.
Spoon River College’s commitment to area residents has now extended to the October 27, 2010 signing of the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.
Spoon River College’s commitment to green efforts have focused on campus initiatives that bring students opportunities to participate in initiatives to build greater social, economic, and environmental sustainability. SRC students, faculty, and staff are involved in this college wide effort of ways:
Agriculture Business Management Program
ABM 225 Renewable Energy - This course explores the relationship of renewable energy, the environment, and agriculture with emphasis on biofuels, wing energy, and hydropower.
New certificate in Sustainable Food Production – teaches students how to grown and market fruits and vegetables to local markets and restaurants.
Diesel and Power Systems Technology Program
The curriculum familiarizes students with the role of biofuels and renewable energy topics on a consistent and ongoing basis.
SBM 150 Introduction to Historic Preservation - This course will provide the student with a foundation in the historic preservation movement in America. There is no more ecologically friendly effort than to refurbish an existing building in a “green” manner and place that building back into productive service. This effort preserves our architectural history, saves money and materials over tearing down an existing structure and building new.
PEEPS (People for Earth’s Ecological Preservation)
This student organization works to improve the environment through projects, educational field trips and other activities through the exploration of all areas of science. PEEPS has groups on the Canton and Macomb campuses with active faculty sponsorship and involvement.
SRC has a campus chapter affiliated with the national Habitat for Humanity organization.
One of the major focuses of Habitat for Humanity is to use ecologically friendly materials in their homes whenever possible.
The current project house in conjunction with Fulton County Habitat for Humanity will have:
A high efficiency furnace and water heater (90% on the furnace)
Ridge vents and soffit breathers to make cooling and heating more efficient
Green board on walls to prevent growth of mold
Doors and windows are double pane, high efficiency models.
Spoon River College Facilities
New attendance centers in Havana and Rushville were built with extra insulation, energy efficient windows, occupancy sensors in rooms to turn lights on and off, motion-activated flushers and faucets in bathrooms, and hi-efficiency HVAC systems.
New Community Outreach Center in Macomb uses energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling (20,000 square feet of 80,000 square foot building located at 2500 East Jackson)
Future plans to remodel remaining 60,000 square feet of East Jackson facility making it the new Macomb Campus. Facility will include all “green systems” used in Havana and Rushville facilities as well as expansion of geothermal system.
Spoon River College partners with Fulton County transportation initiative to provide inexpensive and safe transportation for local residents as well as SRC students who attend the Canton campus. Not only does this meet a transportation need, but through this effort residents can conserve fuel.