This panel presentation addresses building successful partnerships across broad sectors including higher education, government, business, non-profits and communities. The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is an innovative partnership between the state's 48 community colleges, businesses and local communities serving as a national model for sustainability and green workforce development in the United States. IGEN was formed in 2008 as a leadership initiative of the college presidents and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). IGEN began implementing substantial collaborative programs throughout the state. These programs focus on greening college campuses, greening curriculum, greening communities and green workforce development.