Rock Valley College
The Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math (JCSM) on RVC's main campus is a LEED Gold certified building.


RVC has had sustainable practices in place for a number of years in areas such as academic programs, facilities planning, and operational efforts. 

How Green is RVC?

Our sustainable practices include developing sustainability classes and programs, working in coordination with community groups and other community colleges, facilities planning that includes United States Green Building Commission (USGBC) “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognition for building projects, and operational efforts which include recycling, greener cleaning practices, handling of landscaping waste and the development of natural and rain gardens.

We are 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.

Our Sustainability Mission

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 college 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.