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2010 iCAP Projects

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Project Listing

Theme Project Status Description
Education Curriculum In Progress

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is constantly striving to improve the education of its students.  Through the efforts and contributions of many individuals, several opportunities were identified for integrating sustainability into our education mission.

Courses interested in obtaining campus data can request access through this website: http://www.cam.illinois.edu/iii/iii-24Attach2.htm.

Education Eco-Reps Completed

The Eco-Reps program is currently located in Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls, which also houses the Sustainability LLC, and Allen Hall. Eco-Reps is made up of nine students that live in these halls who work three to five hours per week to encourage sustainable behaviors in the residence halls. The program is led by program coordinator Eric Holthaus, a grad student in Urban Planning. Laura Haber, program director at Allen Hall, provides assistance with Residential Life and the Student Sustainability Committee provides financing, guidance, and an intern.

Education Educate Future Leaders In Progress

As a world-class university, Illinois has the capacity and the obligation to assume a leadership role in climate destabilization research and action. We believe it can inspire a wide range of exciting and crucial scholarship, while developing cross-campus partnerships, and engage our students. Significant efforts are underway in addressing each of the University's core components of its mission—education, research, and public engagement, along with campus operations, as they relate to sustainability.

Energy AFMFA Energy Conservation Projects In Progress

Today's Deferred Maintenance Program is designed to systematically address many maintenance needs, including improved electrical service, ventilation, building envelopes, interior finishes, and other deferred maintenance needs.

Energy Anaerobic Digester at Beef and Sheep Study Proposed

This project will provide a study to investigate the feasibility of installing an Anaerobic Methane Digester in the area of the University’s South Farms to capture renewable energy from beef, sheep and/or dairy cow waste. The study will assess the possibility of an on-site digester at one site, with one digester system of animal waste.

Energy Biomass co-firing pilot at Abbott Power Plant Completed

Plans are progressing to add a new energy source at Abbott Power Plant – biomass fuel made from plants – following the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 2012 decision to grant a test-fire permit.

The idea involves using a biomass material, made from wood or miscanthus grass for example, which then would be added to the coal. The mixture could contain anywhere from 10-20 percent biomass fuel, though the tests will determine the proper mixture and whether the process presents any dangers during the combustion process.

Energy Convert Fume Hoods from CAV to VAV In Progress

The University should continue their current approach of upgrading chemical fume hood exhaust systems.  The iCAP called for converting all existing constant air volume chemical fume hoods to variable air volume chemical fume hoods with energy recovery.  The University’s current approach of reducing total building air change rates to be in-line with current recommendations from various regulatory agencies and standards publishers, and conducting thorough life cycle analyses of each potential exhaust system allows adoption of the best solution for each laboratory building. 

Energy DDC Command Center In Progress

The on-going initiative to upgrade building energy system controls to Direct Digital Controls (DDC) allows real time energy metering, controlled set-backs, and system scheduling.  This enhances the capability of the Thermal Energy Storage (TES) to shift electrical demand which is currently capable of realizing a 5 MW shift.  An Energy Management Control Center (EMC2) is planned to leverage the enhanced controls to further conserve energy and provide demand response.  Load forecasting and economic asset dispatch will be incorporated with market information to optimize results.  A Utility Pro

Energy Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP) Awards In Progress

For many departments on campus, energy and utility costs do not impact research, teaching, or departmental budgets.  The  academic departments are supplied with utilities through the campus administrative budget.  For these departments, an incentive program has been implemented to encourage these units to conserve energy. 

Energy Energy Dashboard Project In Progress

The Illini Energy Dashboard provides clearly visible understandable information data and information to students and staff of selected University buildings describing energy consumption rate (electrical, chilled water and steam) so that users can make educated choices about the way they can affect energy consumption and conservation. The biggest challenge in successfully creating a campus-wide goal of energy reduction is being able to evoke a behavioral change resulting in energy consevation and sustainability efforts.

Energy Energy Recovery Wheels In Progress

The equipment used to heat or cool a building often generates heat as a by-product of the HVAC work.  This heat generally escapes when fresh air is brought into the building.  A Heat Recovery Wheel recovers that heat that would escape to the outside, and uses it to make the entire HVAC system more efficient. 

Air-to-air heat recovery systems are required by the university’s Facilities Standards for new capital projects. As a part of the LEED certification and deferred maintenance process, heat recovery wheels have been installed in multiple facilities on campus.

Energy Energy Use Policy Completed

“From fiscal years 2002 to 2006 the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois realized an increase in utility costs of approximately 150%. The adverse financial impact was exacerbated by new or deepening cost pressures in nearly every area of campus operation. Spiraling energy costs in that period were a result of world-wide demand for energy; increasingly volatile fuel costs; and to a lesser extent, growth in the campus plant. There are no signs those trends will abate.

Energy Fume Hood Shut the Sash Campaign In Progress

Executive Summary

Energy Install Solar PVs on NCPD In Progress

The goal of the ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering Building project is to achieve Platinum LEED standards and be net zero for outside energy consumption.  To meet that goal, engineers have proposed the use of solar panels atop the ECE building to offset the building’s energy consumption. Complexities of building design have resulted in the building being unable to support a sufficient number of solar arrays to generate the energy required to offset the building’s energy consumption.

Energy Occupancy and Daylight Sensors In Progress

Occupancy Sensors provide automatic ON/OFF switching of lighting loads to enhance convenience, security and long-term energy savings. Daylight sensors are battery-powered sensors that save energy by dimming or turning off electric lighting when sufficient daylight is available. The sensor detects light in the space and then adjusts the lights to take advantage of daylight, thus conserving energy. These sensors are being incorporated into most new projects and as many retrofit/retrocommissioning projects as possible, with funding and electrical/mechanical application being key factors.

Energy Pipe Insulation In Progress

The campus uses thousands of pipes to distribute steam, hot water, and condensate to campus buildings.  Many of these pipes lack proper insulation.  The Maintenance Division has funded two full time insulators to continuously insulate pipes of all types throughout campus.

Energy Power Purchase Agreements for Clean Energy In Progress

The University purchases about half the electricity for campus through the wholly owned subsidiary of the University, Prairieland Energy Incorporated.  In the 2010 iCAP, we committed to being carbon-neutral by 2050.  The majority of campus emissions can be eliminated by implementing more sustainable practices and integrating renewable energy sources for the campus energy supply.  One option for integrating renewable energy sources is to purchase green power through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). 

Energy Presentations with Energy Liaisons Completed

To communicate within departments and colleges, we asked Energy Liaisons established by F&S to promote energy conservation to host presentations in their buildings which will include a display, information, and materials specific to your buildings. The first of these presentations were conducted during Sustainability Week, October 2011. The goal is to use the Energy Liaisons and various campus sustainability committees as grassroots contacts for initiatives such as energy conservation.

Energy Reduce Active Fume Hoods In Progress

The iCAP recommends removal of 25 percent of CFHs on campus over the first five years resulting in a total removal of 432 CFHs for a theoretical annual savings $1.62 million dollars and reduction in CFH-produced carbon emissions by 25 percent annually.

Energy Retrocommissioning (RCx) In Progress

Retrocommissioning (RCx) is an analysis of a building's Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems as well as their maintenance program. The purpose of this group is to restore the most favorable operating conditions while optimizing energy conservation, sustainability, and client comfort satisfaction. This group is important on our campus because deferred maintenance is becoming very detrimental to campus buildings.

Energy Steam System Maintenance In Progress
  • The campus allocated $160,000 recurring to fund two Pipefitter FTEs to replace steam traps.  Subsequently, the Maintenance Division has added an additional two FTEs to the efforts.  
  • Ideally, steam traps will be replaced every five years, on average.
  • The SSC contributed $215,000 toward steam reduction at the Library – via PRVs, steam traps and controls.
  • The DCEO Boiler Grant is available to further support these efforts.

 

Energy T-12 to T-8 Lighting Retrofit In Progress

There are nearly one million fluorescent and incandescent lighting fixtures on campus, and the majority are fluorescent fixtures in buildings.  In 2008, the majority of these fixtures were the T12 style, which are no longer produced.  The new T8 fixture is thiner and much more energy efficient.  To replace all the T12s with T8s will take many years and millions of dollars.  However, the energy savings are great, with each replacement bulb dropping the energy demand from 40 Watts to 28 Watts.  This program has been ongoing for a number of years, and has had funding support from a varie

Energy Update and Enforce Campus Computer Policy Proposed

The Campus Administative Manual (CAM) includes a Policy on Appropriate Use of Computer and Network Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  This policy should be revised to incorporate energy conservation and waste prevention measures.

 

Energy Update Building Maintenance Procedures to Support Long-Term Energy Savings In Progress

The University of Illinois has begun to renovate its buildings with sustainability in mind. Energy efficient light bulbs, better insulation and window materials, and more sustainable heating and cooling systems are just a few of the efforts being made for long-term energy savings in campus buildings.

Energy Use Renewable / Low-carbon / Clean Energy In Progress

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 3, objective 3, is "Expand the purchase of clean energy. By FY20, obtain at least 120,000 MWh, and by FY25 at least 140,000 MWh from low-carbon energy sources.

Energy Utilities Master Plan for Energy Production and Distribution Completed

The Utilities Production and Distribution Master Plan addresses Illinois’ energy future. The plan, approved by the Chancellor’s Capital Review Committee in September 2015, is a recognized report associated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign master planning process.

Energy Vet Med Miscanthus CHP Boiler Cancelled

The Vet Med Miscanthus Combined Heat and Power Boiler system was envisioned to utilize the energy crops grown from the Energy Farm, to provide power to the Veterinary Medicine buiding complex.  It would also allow researchers to do test burns of various energy crops grown on campus.  However, there were many questions about the project, including the operating program, the field to flame methodology for the energy crops, and the power generation output.  After many discussions and evaluations, campus decided that this project would not meet the goals set.  It would not provide significant a

Energy Weatherization of Small Campus Buildings Completed

The Student Sustainability Committee has organized and funded a pilot project in which students conduct energy assessments of campus buildings for the purposes of weatherization. Teams from student organizations conduct the assessments, and receive payment for their work. This semester, five organizations are participating. F&S has contributed support and funds to the actual weatherization of the building. Small campus buildings, including the cultural houses, selected on the basis of energy usage, are assessed.

Energy Wind Turbine Generator(s) on South Farms Cancelled

Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) on South Farms was originally proposed by the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) in 2003.The project required the installation of up to three wind turbines on campus to show the university's intent to invest in renewable energy. Even though the project was approved in 2005, it never took off and was, eventually, cancelled by the Chancellor in 2008. Following that, the students tried to revive the project but the project died in May 2011 when the ICECF grant was expired. 

Transportation 2014 Campus Bike Plan Completed

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has completed and approved the 2014 Campus Bike Plan, a master plan to direct our efforts for future bicycle infrastructure improvements and program development. The 2014 Campus Bike Plan outlines the various ways in which the University should improve for bicycles in the coming years.

Transportation Bike Sharing In Progress

The University has been approached many times by students and others about the possibility of implementing a bike sharing program, and the 2010 iCAP included a goal to create a bike sharing program by 2012.

Transportation Departmental Bike Sharing Completed

Departmental Bike Sharing is a concept where University Departments would purchase a small number of bicycles to be made available to staff, faculty and graduate students for on-campus use during working hours.

Want to discuss options or interest in departmental bike share? Email bike@illinois.edu to get information and talk to a staff member that can give you more information.

Transportation Encourage Active Transportation In Progress

The University can be a leader in Active Transportation by encouraging students, employees, and visitors to get out of the car-centric mentality.  People on campus can walk, bike, take a bus, ride with a friend, or use a Zipcar to get around.  It is simple and healthy to not own a car on campus.

Transportation Encourage Low-Emission Vehicles In Progress

A low-emission vehicle is one that emits relatively low levels of motor vehicle emissions. Examples include electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and biofuel vehicles. The University is pursuing several efforts to encourage the use of low-emission vehicles on campus, both with the University's fleet of service vehicles, and in the personal vehicles of students, employees, and visitors. 

Transportation Increase use of Alternative Service Vehicles In Progress

An alternative service vehicle (ASV) is any non-traditional vehicle, including mini trucks, electric vehicles, and hybrid vehicles.  The University currently uses ASV's for: 

  • Mail Distribution
  • Project Coordinators
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Generator Service
  • Locksmith
  • Route assignments (plumbers)

 

Transportation Offset Emissions from Plane Trips Proposed

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 4, objective 1, is "Reduce air travel emissions from a new FY14 baseline by 25% by FY20, 50% by FY25, and 100% by FY30 ." Air travel is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.  In the FY08 baseline carbon emission calculation for campus, 7 percent of the emissions were due to directly-financed air travel.  While some reduction in the air travel can be achieved through increased teleconferencing, the remainder will need to be offset.  There are some airp

Transportation Reduce F&S Vehicle Idling In Progress

The Facilities & Services fleet vehicles have a tracking program installed which downloads vehicle usage data with every fueling visit.  This data is being analyzed and shared with F&S directors.  The directors work with their staff to educate and implement an idling reduction program. 

Land & Space Facility Standards In Progress

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Facilities Standards shall be applied for all remodeling and new construction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  These Standards are intended to achieve the value consistent with an institute of higher education.  Where these Standards exceed minimum Code and/or Capital Development Board (CDB) requirements, the Standards shall apply.  Where the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Facilities Standards and CDB

Land & Space Green Roofs on Campus In Progress

Campus projects for green infrastructure include the construction of green roofs.  The Business Instructional Facility contains a green roof that involves plantings on part of the roof area to reduce rain run-off and the impact of heat on the building heating, ventilation and cooling systems. These plantings were specifically chosen because of their regional use and ability to thrive without irrigation or fertilizer. The Mt. Geoffrey Yeh Student Center also features a green roof.

Land & Space LEED Certification In Progress

The University has adopted LEED Gold certification as a part of their design standards on all new construction.  Facilitites & Services tracks LEED status for new buildings and major recontruction.

Land & Space Lincoln Hall Renovation: LEED Platinum Completed

The Lincoln Hall Renovation was originally awarded the LEED Gold Certification on July 9, 2010. As of November 2013 the project has achieved LEED Platinum Certification having achieved 52 of the 69 possible points on the LEED Scorecard and becoming the second LEED Platinum Building on the U of I campus. The construction was especially strong in the Energy & Atmostphere, having achieved 14 of out 17  possible points in that area with ten of those for optimizing energy performance. 

Land & Space Maintain or Reduce Gross Square Footage In Progress

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 2, objective 1 is "Maintain or reduce the campus gross square footage relative to the FY10 baseline." The Net Zero Space Growth Policy was enacted to halt the growth in gross square footage of campus buildings; to support the goal of reducing the campus footprint over time through more efficient space utilization; to fulfill the commitment under the 

Land & Space Native Plantings & Prairies In Progress

Several native planting projects are championed by student and community groups including Grand Prairie Friends, Red Bison, Students for Environmental Concerns, Allerton Allies, East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and the Student Sustainability Committee.

Land & Space Space Marketplace Proposed

The campus will implement a freeze on new buildings and building additions once current planned projects are completed. Any new space must take an existing space of equal or greater size (or of equal or greater energy usage) out of commission. Furthermore, any building retrofit will be required to “do no harm”; that is, it should not increase the energy consumption of a building—if necessary by packaging together additional energy conservation and renewables as part of a project. New building projects will be net-zero or replace an existing building.

Land & Space Sustainable Agricultural Practices In Progress

A goal for the University of Illinois’ campus, as set forth by the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan, is to reduce directly related agricultural emissions by 50 percent by 2020. In order to complete this goal, the campus must shift to more sustainable agricultural and animal production practices. Areas that need improvement include reductions in food waste and the energy required for food processing, preparation, and transportation.

Land & Space Sustainable Landscapes Plan In Progress

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 7, objective 2 is "Design and maintain campus landscapes in a more sustainable manner; expand the specification of sustainable plantings in campus landscaping standards, and develop and implement a tree care plan by FY16 and an integrated pest management program by FY17."

The campus landscapes are continuously improved and maintained in a more sustainable manner with guidance from the Campus Landscape Architect at F&S.

Land & Space Yeh Student Center: LEED Silver Completed

The M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Student Center in Newmark Civil Engineering was awarded LEED Silver ceritfication on August 7, 2012. The Yeh Center achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies, such as a green roof and the generous use of natural light. Chicago-area design firm Teng & Associates Inc. was involved with the project for over a decade and oversaw the design process from start to finish. 

Water Charge for "true cost of water" Proposed

One of the water strategies outlined in the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan was to include “true cost of water” charges with the energy billing program. The idea behind this strategy was to add an economic benefit in reducing the amount of water used by the University.

The University’s decision about whether or not they will implement this strategy is still being discussed.

Water Connect Raw Water System Proposed

The University has an existing Raw Water System. The goal of this 2010 iCAP project is to connect the Raw Water System to a raw water source by 2020. This is another way to utilize non-potable water sources.

Water Construct Tile-Drainage Wetlands Proposed

Construction of tile-drainage wetlands is a strategy the University would use to reduce carbon emissions. GHG emissions aren’t the only environmental contaminants on the South Farms. Extensive tile drainage on 3,609 acres of farmland delivers more than 100 metric tons of nitrate-N to the Embarras River and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico, where it contributes to gulf hypoxia.

Water Obtain and Publicize Water Data In Progress

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 5, objective 1, is "Obtain and publicize more granular water use data by FY16, including water quantity and quality data where available." The campus should obtain and publicize the usage, costs, and quality of water for campus.

Water Use of Non-Potable Water Proposed

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 5, objective 5, is "Through an open solicitation process, implement at least four pilot projects to showcase the potential of water and/or stormwater reuse by FY20, with the objective of implementing a broader program by FY25." The first pilot project was initiated during the engineering design of the upcoming Seibel Center for Design.  The AE for the project worked with campus code compliance staff to specify the water capture and reuse system and to draft a requ

Funding Allocate Maintenance Funds for Sustainability Improvements Proposed

The Facilities & Services Operations, Maintenance, and Alterations division could allocate base budget funding directly to sustainability projects.

Funding Allocate Savings In Progress

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 9, objective 2 is, "By the end of FY16, increase the size of the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to a level commensurate with our aspirational peers, expand the reach of the Fund, and increase the use of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)." We suggest that the RLF be increased to at least $10 million; this would put us in the company of aspirat

Funding Carbon Offsets for Major Users Proposed

One of the long-term energy commitments set forth in the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan was to impose charges for the purchase of renewable energy for facilities that use massive amounts of energy. The National Petascale Computing Facility is the only current facility that falls into this catagory. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds the energy use of the facility. The University plans to impost charges on the NSF for the cost of renewable energy in the next contract negotiations. 

Funding Create Resource Plan for iCAP Proposed

All of the iCAP projects will need resources in order to implement them.  This project is about identifying the necessary resources for each of the iCAP objectives.

Funding Develop Process for Purchasing Carbon Offsets In Progress

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 8, objective 1 is, "By the end of FY16, conduct a Request for Proposals process for verified carbon offsets — and undertake the first campus purchase of offsets." iSEE is developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for purchasing carbon credits, aka carbon offsets.

Funding Incorporate Carbon Costs of Food Proposed

One of the strategies discussed in the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan, within the Agriculture theme, was to incorporate carbon costs into food products sold on campus. Incorporating carbon costs into food prices would incentivize the use of local or more sustainable products. This would help the University reach its target of reducing directly related agricultural emissions by 50 percent by 2020.

Funding Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) In Progress

The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) was established in 2011 as a financing source for utility conservation projects requested by departments with a less than 10-year payback period. The savings from steam, electricity, and chilled or potable water costs are paid back annually, based on initially calculated savings. The RLF can grow through a direct allocation from the Chancellor, President, or Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) or through grant funding (e.g. Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation). 

 

Funding Seek External Grant Funding for Implementation In Progress

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a not-for-profit public university, and it is eligible for a number of sustainability related grants.  Through the diligence of professional staff and comprehensive records management, this campus regularly seeks and receives grant awards in support of our programs.  We are very grateful to all the grant programs that have awarded funding, and we look forward to continued partnership over the next decades.

Procurement & Waste Develop Local Foods Network In Progress

In order to reduce the agricultural emissions, one goal of the 2010 iCAP is to create a local foods network. To reduce the problem of food miles and its related emissions, the campus needs to close the loop in food production, use, and waste recycling. This will 34 iCAP A climate action plan for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign require a shift to more sustainable agriculture and animal production practices, providing a support infrastructure of a local foods network, and a large-scale foodcomposting project to eliminate unnecessary food waste.

Procurement & Waste Develop Sustainable Purchasing Policies In Progress

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 6, objective 1, is "By FY17, environmental standards will be applied to purchases of office paper, cleaning products, computers, other electronics, and freight/package delivery services. At least 50% of purchases in these categories will meet campus standards by FY20, and 75% by FY25."

Procurement & Waste Establish a Net Zero Waste Plan and Policy In Progress

In February of 2008, campus signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions which included waste minimization as one of the recommended actions and required it to develop an institutional action plan within two years to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible (ACUPCC pledge, p. 1).

Procurement & Waste Food Purchases from Local Sources In Progress

By commiting to exceed the state local food procurement standards and, therefore, making more that 30 percent of food purchases from local (within 100 miles) by 2015, the University will support local farmers as well as saving energy associated with food transport.

Procurement & Waste Full-Cost Accounting and Life-Cycle Analysis Proposed

Implement full-cost accounting and life-cycle analysis structures for major purchases and categories with a cost threshold to be determined

Procurement & Waste Increase Recycling Rates In Progress

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 6, objective 2, is "Reduce municipal solid waste (MSW) going to landfills. This involves reducing nondurable goods purchases, effectively reusing materials, and recycling. In the latter category, campus will increase the diversion rate of MSW to 45% by FY20, 60% by FY25, and 80% by FY35, while also increasing the total diversion rate to 90% by FY20 and 95% by FY25.

Procurement & Waste Large-Scale Food Waste Composting Cancelled

This project was to fund the development of a large-scale food waste composting facility on the University’s property, in order to compost food waste from University dining halls.  This project was precipitated by the commitment made by the University in the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP): “The University will commit to… a large‐scale food composting project by 2012.”

Procurement & Waste Legislation to Resell Surplus Goods Publicly Proposed

One measure that the University plans to take is to expand reuse of durable goods. Use could be expanded if the University were able to resell used goods to the public. Current state law does not allow the University to resell used goods to the public. Efforts to reverse this law and improvement of internal reuse programs should be implemented.

Procurement & Waste Reduce Foodwaste In Progress

According to the EPA, more than 34 million tons of food waste gas generated in 2010 alone. Food scraps are the largest percentage of waste going to municipal landfills and combusted for energy recovery, making up 21 percent of the waste in landfills. Dumping food waste into landfills causes odor upon decomposition and attracts flies and vermin. Rotting waste in landfills also produces methane, which is a greenhouse gas.

Procurement & Waste Reuse Surplus Goods and Valuable "Waste" In Progress

One of the points discussed in the Purchasing/ Waste/ Recycling goal of the 2010 iCAP was to expand the reuse of durable goods. Several strategies were discussed in relation to this point, including reversing the state law that disallows the University to resell used goods to the public and improve the internal reuse programs.

Procurement & Waste Sustainable Procurement In Progress
Reporting Progress Issue Press Releases and Sustainability Reports In Progress

Reporting on progress, in relation to the University’s climate goals as planned in the iCAP Portal, must be closely monitored and highly publicized. Issuing press releases is one way in which iCAP projects are relayed to the students, staff, the general public, and other higher education institutions.

Press releases are often sent to the local media, but may be published in a variety of publications.

Reporting Progress Report on Progress In Progress

A major component of succeeding at our Climate Action Plan goals will be to effectively communicate our progress, both internally and externally.  Documents such as the iCAP itself serve to outline the University's goals and intentions so that members of the broader University of Illinois community, as well as peer institutions and others, can stay abreast of our sustainability efforts. The University also reports on our progress to organizations such as AASHE, the Associate for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, on a regular basis.

Outreach Sustainability Outreach In Progress

Illinois is proud to offer a wide variety of co-curricular programs for students to get involved in the sustainability field.  There are numerous sustainability-related student organizations and hundreds of opportunities to get engaged both on and off campus.  To share historical information and ideas toward meeting our sustainability goals, details about projects, events, and programs are being collected on the iCAP Portal.  

Research Interdisciplinary Research Seminar In Progress

One of the goals of the Illinois Climate Action Plan is to create a community of scholarship around the Plan. The iCAP suggests developing an interdisciplinary reasearch seminar for graduate students as one way in which this goal can be achieved. Those who take part in the seminar would be exposed to the plan as a whole and would contribute to its evolution and implementation through research.

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