McHenry County College embraces the definition of sustainability, as endorsed by The World Commission on Environment and Development:
MCC is in a unique position to lead the community as it strives to educate sustainably responsible citizens and reduce its carbon footprint. As an institution of higher education and a comprehensive community college, MCC strives to share its resources with the community and model sustainability. The College has a long history of providing community environmental education, and the goal is to continue on this path. Because of this, sustainability has been integrated into daily practices through the development of a Sustainability Center.
The MCC Sustainability Center is focused on three interconnected areas, which creates a holistic approach to sustainability:
- Green Campus including physical campus and campus operations
- Green Education that includes curriculum development for a green economy and training for employees and students about sustainable practices
- Green Community including how MCC shares with the community resources that improve quality of life