Rockford, Illinois



Rock Valley College (RVC) has had sustainable practices in place for a number of years. RVC practices includes areas such as: Academics developing classes and programs; working in coordination with community groups and relationships with other community colleges; Facilities Planning to having United States Green Building Commission (USGBC) “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognition for all building projects; and Operational efforts which include recycling, greener cleaning practices, handling of landscaping waste and the development of natural and rain gardens.

The Sustainability Committee works together to advocate, promote, and implement RVC’s sustainability core values. Membership has recently included: Sam Overton, Administrative Services; Rich Gocken, Academics; Nina Crick, Continuing Ed; Tom Viel, Facilities Planning Operations & Maintenance, (FPOM); Janet Taylor, Facilities Planning Mgr ; Jacki Minnihan, Business Services; and Dave Costello, Communications & Marketing. The group meets at least quarterly to discuss issues that impact sustainable initiatives at all college campuses. 

Rock Valley College is committed to becoming a leader in academic programs and operational practices that model the sustainable use of resources, so that the needs of current generations are met without impairing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


Promote and support the integration of Rock Valley College’s sustainability core values into all aspects of learning within the college and throughout our community.

Sustainability in a Nutshell

The Sustainability Committee uses indicators to guide performance improvement through time in several areas: energy and water conservation; air quality, both indoor and outdoor; recycling efforts, waste audits, and support for new academic programs.

Improvement begins with assessment of current practices, planning for future efforts, development of action plans and assessing periodically.


Green News

Rock Valley College Receives Governor’s Sustainability Award

October 27, 2011


Freedom Field could power job market in Rockford, too

August 7, 2011


RVC interns report at Freedom Field Renewable Energy

August 1, 2011


How green is RVC? (RVC blog on rrstar.com)

May 24, 2011


RVC SIFE named national finalist in Sam’s Club Competition

April 2011

Rock Valley College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has been named one of eight United States National Finalist teams in the Sam's Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge Competition.


RVC Earth Day 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

In recognition of the power of millions of individual actions, Earth Day Network has organized a world-wide effort known as A Billion Acts of Green® to promote personal, organizational, and corporate pledges to live and act sustainably.


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