Free sustainability event can benefit your wallet

July 15, 2015

Harper College is working to promote a sustainable future on campus and beyond. The community is invited to support that effort by attending a free lunch program, "Whole Home Efficiency: Ways to Save Energy and Money."

The program, part of Harper’s Live Green, Eat Fresh series, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, in the Avanté Center, Room Z119, on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Elizabeth Corrado of Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization that designs and implements energy efficiency programs, will discuss how the new smart grid and a home’s smart meter can benefit consumers. Attendees will learn how to make home energy efficiency improvements and save money.

“One of the greatest things about sustainability is that it is much more than just environmental,” said Amy Bandman, Harper’s Sustainability Coordinator. “Through campus sustainability and events like this, Harper is helping to promote healthy lifestyles and spread the word that it really is the little things that make a big difference in the health of the planet, your family and your wallet.”

Lunch will be provided, but guests are asked to bring their own beverage. RSVP by Friday, July 17, by contacting Amy Bandman at 847.925.6000 ext. 2603 or

The following day, Harper will also hold a training session for volunteers interested in joining the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Trail Watch program. The agency’s law enforcement department is looking for additional eyes and ears to help keep the preserves safe, healthy and attractive for all users. The session will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the Avanté Center, Room Z102. To sign up, visit and click on “Trail Watch – New Volunteer Training.”

Harper College is striving toward carbon neutrality to ensure a healthy, sustainable future. For more information on Harper’s efforts, visit

Media contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159