LIsted below is the information related to the credits Richland Community College received toward its 2011 STARS rating for Operations.

Recycling Program

Richland does have a program for recycling bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard. See Recycling Efforts for further information.


  • Building Operations & Maintenance
    • Richland Community College owns and operates buildings that are operated and maintained in accordance with sustainable operation and maintenance guidelines and policies that cover the following:
      • Impacts on the surrounding site
      • Energy consumption
      • Usage of environmentally preferable materials
      • Indoor environmental quality
      • Water consumption
    • Richland ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies by following the U.S. Green Building Council Guidelines.
  • Building Design and Construction
    • Richland's Center for Sustainability and Innovation building was built following U.S. Green Building Council guidelines and is LEED Platinum Certified for New Construction.
    • LEED Certification Letter - December 2010
  • Indoor Air Quality
    • Richland's general practice is to monitor carbon dioxide levels throughtout the building, monitor and modify carbon filters as needed. Complaints are filed via our electronic work order system should any arise. Richland has recently upgraded its Energy Management System, which includes a new HVAC system and a system for continously monitoring CO2 that enables the Operations Director to monitor from home if necessary to improve the air quality of our building.


  • Richland Community College currently does not qualify for any credits in the Climate section as the College does not measure greenhouse gas emissions. 

Dining Services

  • Richland Community College currently does not qualify for any credits in the Dining Services section as the College does not have residential dining halls.


  • Building Energy Consuption
    • Richland has eliminated 98% of T-12 and incandescent lighting. Shilling Auditorium still has some of these lights for theatrical use.
    • Richland has real-time energy monitoring and feedback systems.
  • Renewable Energy
    • Richland's Center for Sustainability and Innovation uses geothermal energy.
  • Timers for Temperature Control
    • Richland's electronic energy management system utilizes night set-backs and low energy usage requirements to regulate temperatures based on occupancy hours.
  • Lighting Sensors
    • Richland uses motion sensors in various parts of its buildings to manage energy usage in non-occupied rooms to reduce energy use for lighting.
  • LED Lighting
    • Richland uses LED lighting for exit lights and for its electronic sign.
  • Energy Management System
    • Richland has a centralized electronic energy management system.
  • Energy Metering
    • Richland has one meter for the entire building of its main campus to meter all energy consumption.


  • Native Plants
    • Richland landscapes with native species including prairie grass, flowers, and trees that are native to Central Illinois.
  • Wildlife Habitat
    • Richland maintains a 5 acre natural prairie grass area for local species of wildlife on campus.
  • Snow and Ice Removal
    • Richland uses sand via a sprayer on all parking lots and roadways on campus during snow/ice events. "Winter Blue" Ice Melt (visable ice melt) is used only on sidewalks and entryways for safety purposes.
  • Compost
    • Richland uses a mulching mower to mow the campus grounds. All trimmings and tree limbs are put in a compost bin located on campus grounds.


  • Cleaning Products Purchasing
    • Nearly all purchases for cleaning products must go through central purchasing. Central purchasing is mandated by procedure to purchase only Green Seal or EcoLogo certified cleaning products.
  • Office Paper Purchasing
    • Paper purchases are done through central purchasing. Central purchasing is directed to purchase paper with some recycled content when possible.
  • Local Businesses
    • Richland gives preference to local products and businesses when costs are competitive.


  • Campus Fleet
    • Richland has 2 electric vehicles used for transporting people and goods around campus. Richland's recent fleet vehicle purchases are flex-fuel vehicles.
  • Facilities for Bicyclists
    • Richland has a bicycle rack available for employees or students who wish to ride their bicycle to campus.
  • Mass Transit
    • Qualifying students receive free bus passes for the Decatur Mass Transit system.


  • Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion
    • Richland works with construction companies and local waste management companies to recycle or find alternative methods of disposal for campus waste.
  • Electronic Waste Recycling Program
    • Richland contracts with an area vendor to recycle electronic waste.
  • Hazardous Waste Management
    • Campus Operations is responsible for ensuring safe removal of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste, contracting with licensed third-party wast disposal companies to dispose of such items.
  • Materials Exchange
    • Operations and Technical Services manages equipment surplus donation and Central Receiving manages office supply exchange.
  • Limiting Printing
    • Printing is monitored by College employees and students are charged for printing over a certain amount.
  • Materials Online
    • Richland makes an effort to provide electronic copies of all printed materials available on the College website.  


  • Stormwater Management
    • Campus has rain gardens for parking lots that collect run-off from storm water which can be regulated to control erosion, and detention ponds and managed bio-swales to control run-off for newly constructed buildings.
    • Several campus buildings have pervious pavements.
    • Stone swale is recycled concrete material (rip-rap) to control run-off from buildings and parking lots.
    • Detention areas use native vegetation to absorb water.
    • Certain areas of campus have block chutes and stone flumes to help control stormwater run-off.
  • Building Water Metering
    • The College has water meters at all buildings to monitor consumption.
  • Xeriscaping
    • Native grasses are drought tolerant, and native species are used where possible for xeriscaping.

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