KCC consistently earns recognition for its sustainability program. The college is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and founding member of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN). In 2012, KCC received a National Science Foundation grant for $855,000 to advance local and regional solar career opportunities. This year, KCC was named
NO. 2 IN NORTH AMERICA
for Sustainability performance among associate degree colleges by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
The college’s latest facilities are designed with sustainability in mind. KCC’s North Extension Center in Bradley, which opened in 2014, became
KANKAKEE COUNTY'S FIRST LEED GOLD CERTIFIED BUILDING.
Still under construction, the Advanced Technology Education Center on the Riverfront Campus is also designed to meet LEED Gold standards. It opens in the spring of 2019, and features the Electrical Technology program in the teaching and lab spaces. The Electrical Technology program encompasses the renewable energy curriculum.