MATTOON — Lake Land College was recently awarded a $25,000 grant by the Lumpkin Family Foundation to help fund a Net-Zero Energy Building currently being built on campus.
The Net-Zero Energy Building or ZEB Hall will serve as a live laboratory for the green jobs training programs offered at Lake Land in addition to housing two departments —Communications and Creative Services and Human Resources.
ZEB Hall will be equipped with sustainable energy installations that will produce as much energy as is consumed in the building, leaving no carbon footprint. The building is located to the southwest of the Robert K. Luther Student Center, just north of the Agriculture Technology Building.
“Following a proposal submission and site visit in April, the college was awarded this funding to help offset some of the general construction costs for this project,” said Emily Ramage, director of grants development.
The Net-Zero Energy Building project aligns with the Lumpkin Family Foundation’s funding objectives in several ways including: creating a sustainable-learning environment where residents can gain practical experience learning how to incorporate renewable energies in their personal and professional lives; demonstrating leadership by taking initiative and developing curriculum that will raise awareness of renewable energy demands and train students for 21st century green-energy jobs; and facilitating the numerous regional partnerships that Lake Land has devised to move forward with this project, said Ramage.
In addition to partnering with the Lumpkin Family Foundation, the college is working closely with Morton Buildings Inc. to complete the project at a low cost.