The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded the grant, which aims to represent the effect being seen on campus of "Years for the Environment," a three-year effort that has promoted and supported sustainability in Benedictineâ€™s curriculum.
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Programs whose purpose is to preserve, protect, and where possible, improve the environment. Biodiversity Programs; Ecosystems
Programs that provide informal classes which acquaint participants with particular aspects of their environment and increase their understanding of and appreciation for ecological balance. Bush Survival; Ecotourism; Nature Center Programs; Nature Walks; Orienteering; Outdoor Education; Outdoor Survival Skills; Outward Bound; ROPE Courses; Wilderness Programs
Programs that are responsible for designing, developing, maintaining and improving livable urban, suburban and rural environments. ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities; Architectural Accessibility; Barrier Free Design; Ecodevelopment; Ecologically Sustainable Design; Handicapped Accessibility, Pedestrian Facilities Design; Permaculture; Resource Stewardship; Sustainable Design, Sustainable Development
Greenchar, a social enterprise led by Tom Osborn, provides eco-friendly, smokeless, high energy and quality charcoal briquettes and clean cook stoves that allow individuals to save time, money and energy. Greenchar is an alternative energy source to charcoal and firewood used for cooking.