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Lt. Governor Simon signs sustainability compact 

Dominican University pledges to become greener by 2015

RIVER FOREST – August 25, 2011. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined Dominican University President Donna Carroll today in signing the Illinois Sustainability Compact. Dominican University is now the 40th college in Illinois to sign the compact.

“As I have toured Illinois’ community colleges, I have seen firsthand the efforts universities and colleges are taking to create a greener Illinois,” Simon said in front of Parmer Hall, which was Dominican’s first academic building to adhere to leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) criteria. “I support the pledge Dominican University has made in signing this compact and look forward to working with them on building a greener Illinois that will create jobs and save taxpayers money.”

The Illinois Sustainability Compact encourages schools to meet various sustainability goals by 2015. The goals vary from targeting products or services for green purchasing initiatives to committing to a specific green building rating system for new construction and major renovation. The goals are placed into three tiers of participation: bronze, silver and gold. Dominican has pledged at the silver level.

This spring Dominican launched 4RFuture, a comprehensive plan aligned with PlanItGreen, a sustainability project for the local communities of Oak Park and River Forest. The plan will guide the school’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, conserve water and energy, and educate students about ecology and sustainability.

As chair of Illinois’ three river coordinating councils, Simon is a strong advocate for safe, clean and accessible rivers. Simon has also supported efforts to increase the use of renewable energy in Illinois and community college programs that are preparing workers for the green jobs of the future.