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LAS Honors College - Sustainability Partners

A Pilot Program to Enhance Opportunities for LAS James Scholars to participate in Honors and have a Positive Impact on our Community.

Only Community Partners Involved in this Info Night are approved for this pilot program (while there are many wonderful opportunities, this is a pilot so we are deliberately starting small).

No other Partners will be approved for this semester.

This evening, you will learn of some of the needs of our Community Partners.

ISTC Geothermal Loop

The aim of this project is to investigate the possibility of installing an open-loop geothermal system at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). Open-loop geothermal systems takes ground water pumped through a large diameter pipe and introduces or extracts heat depending on the season. Installing such a system would give the building an opportunity to reduce total building energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 50 percent.

Wind Turbine ICECF Grant

The University of Illinois applied in 2005 to the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation's Renewable Energy Grant Program for assistance with funding an on-campus wind farm.  The original grant proposal was to install three utility-scale 1.5 MW Wind Turbine Generators on Campus South Farms.  The total project cost was estimated as $5.7M, and the funding request from ICECF was for $2M in support of the three-turbine project.  ICECF was extremely supportive of our campus' efforts to create a one-of-a-kind on-campus utility-scale wind farm.

F&S Indoor Bike Parking

The Facility Standards for campus do not permit bicycles to be brought into buildings.  This is due to the impact on maintenance required for interior spaces when bicycles are brought into hallways, stairwells, and individual rooms.  However, there is a need for sheltered bicycle parking during winter months.  Therefore, F&S has worked to design a prototype indoor bike parking system.  The preliminary design shows that some interior spaces can be retrofitted to include indoor bike parking.  These spaces must be approved by the Architecture Review Committee, and they must follow all safe

Vet Med Miscanthus CHP Boiler

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

Wind Turbine Generator(s) on South Farms

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. 

Large-Scale Food Waste Composting

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.”

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