Kish College recognized for environmental excellence

Kishwaukee College received notification it has retained its status as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The College’s 120-acre campus has been an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2002. The campus underwent the required unbiased third-party recertification campus review during the summer. Pictured during the review visit in July are, L to R, Rich Alde, Horticulture faculty, showing one of the bluebird houses on campus to reviewers Mark Cinnamon and Scott Schirmer from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Kishwaukee College has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an Audubon International program. Rich Alde, Horticulture faculty, worked with the recertification review team in the summer on the College’s 120-acre campus.

Participation in ACSP is designed to help property managers plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a property must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Water, and Resource Management. Kishwaukee College was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2002. After designation, properties go through a recertification process every three years.

“Kishwaukee College has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife,” said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

By participating in the ACSP, the Kishwaukee College has been involved in projects that enhance habitat for wildlife and preserve natural resources for the benefit of the local community. These projects include: conserving energy and reducing waste, utilizing integrated pest management techniques, naturalizing areas, and managing resources in an environmentally responsible manner.

“The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program benefits both people and wildlife,” said Donadio. “It’s a great way for businesses and environmental organizations to work together to become better stewards of the land and natural resources.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program provides information and guidance to help businesses and organizations preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Businesses, schools, parks, and other properties from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. In addition to colleges, Audubon International also includes programs for golf courses, hotels, communities, and new developments.

For more information, contact Audubon International at 844-767- 9051, or visit their website at For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit


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