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  1. ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 recommendation - Unit response

    Matthew Tomaszewski responded to the iWG Chair, Dr. Ximing Cai, with the following email:

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    Good morning, Ximing,
    I have had a couple conversations with Provost Cangellaris about this recommendation.  We will include it for consideration as part of our broader discussion of the campus budget.  As you know, budget reform has implications for space and utilities use, so this is a timely submission.  

    Thank you,
    Matthew

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    For any future updates on this item, please visit the Utility and Energy Services Funds project.

    See Transmittal of ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 to the Provost Office here.

    See iWG Assessment of the ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 here.

    See SWATeam recommendation ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 here.

     

  2. ECONS007 Energy Conservation Funding 2018 recommendation - Submittal

    The ECBS SWATeam submitted a recommendation, to the iWG, stating, "We recommend $10M per year (scalable) of funding for the next 5 years to implement critical projects that work in concert with energy performance contracts (EPC).  EPC contracts are fulfilled by specialized, accredited firms known as energy service companies. The university uses EPCs to manage complex projects targeting facilities with high energy use, such as laboratories, maximizing energy efficiency and addressing sizable volumes of deferred maintenance issues along the way.  The campus backlog on deferred maintenance is approaching $1 billion."

    See attached the SWATeam recommendation, ECONS007 Energy Conservation Funding 2018, complete with comments from all the ECBS SWATeam members.

    Also attached is the EPC Analysis report as submitted by the ECBS SWATeam.

  3. ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 recommendation - Transmittal

    The iCAP Working Group (iWG) Chair, Dr. Ximing Cai, forwarded the ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 recommendation to the Provost following the completion of iWG assessment of the same. 

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    Dear Provost Andreas Cangellaris:

    On behalf of Illinois Campus Sustainability Working Group (iWG), I’m sending you a recommendation on energy conservation funding, which was made by Sustainability Working Advisory Group on Energy Conservation and Building Standards (SWAT-ecbs). The recommendation was then evaluated by iWG

    Energy conservation is vital to maintaining our energy savings and emission reductions and has a strong payback. iWG suggests that the Provost’s Office considers this recommendation when reviewing Facilities and Services’ budget for FY19. Attached please see the original recommendation made by SWAT-ecbs and the evaluation of by iWG.

    If you have any questions about the recommendation, please let us know. We would appreciate any responses regarding your perspective on this recommendation.

    Thank you for your consideration and support to campus sustainability.


    Best regards

    Ximing Cai

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    For any future updates on this item, please visit the Utility and Energy Services Funds project.

    See iWG Assessment of the ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 here.

    See SWATeam recommendation ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 here.

     

  4. Freezer Challenge reminder email

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello everyone, The International Freezer Challenge is in full swing thru April 30th. Help the University of Illinois compete while receiving recognition, and a certificate of leadership in Environmental Stewardship.
    Registering to participate in the Freezer Challenge is a fun way to stay up-to-date with the latest in sample management, receive recognition for your efforts, and have fun while helping the University of Illinois maintain our world-class standing.
    Take 20 sec's Register today!
    All lab practices since May 2017 are eligible for points and can be added to your score card.

    Benefits Webinars, Best Practices and Resources

    • Reducing energy consumption, costs, and environmental impact of the lab
    • Learning and applying proper cold storage maintenance techniques to help avoid future failures
    • Removing unneeded or unviable samples from cold storage units, allowing space to be consolidated or eliminated.
    • Reducing costs associated with maintaining extraneous cold storage units.
    • Improving researcher access to and security for viable samples.
    • Developing ongoing cold storage management practices that support efficiency and maximize lab space utility.
    • Awards & National recognition at the I2SL conference for the winning labs in each category

    Increasing grant eligibility is another benefit according to How going green can raise cash for your lab a Nature International Journal of Science article, this quote shares an interesting perspective; Ramirez-Aguilar argues that implementing energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable lab practices can be a smart way for researchers to make their grants stand out. It might seem a small detail, but having such procedures in place could make all the difference to the success of your application. “If it makes your proposal look better,” she says, “you’re more likely to get funding.”

    For more information contact Paul Foote @ gfoote2@illinois.edu F&S Energy Services

  5. ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 recommendation - Assessment with all comments

    The iCAP Working Group (iWG) met on November 30th, 2017, to discuss the ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017, and started the assessment of this recommendation. Their official comment was:

    "Energy Conservation is vital to maintaining our energy savings and emission reductions and has a strong payback. The Provost’s Office should consider this recommendation when reviewing Facilities and Services’ budget for FY19 and should consider this in light of the larger budget reform process."

    See the attached file for the complete assessment of this recommendation complete with official comments from all the iWG members.

    See SWATeam recommendation ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 here.

  6. ECONS006 Energy Conservation Funding 2017 recommendation - Submittal

    The ECBS SWATeam submitted a recommendation to the iWG stating, "We recommend the following actions and funds to implement critical projects key to energy conservation efforts at UIUC. Total funds needed: $3.55M

    1) RESTORE funding of ~ $1.5M in FY19, compensating for loss of DCEO grants (Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity), to continue the Retro-commissioning (RCx) work. Retro-commissioning = Identifying and implementing operational and maintenance improvements to existing buildings (first pass) to ensure continued optimal performance over time.

    2) INCREASE the Recommissioning (REx) and Preventive Maintenance (PM) teams. Re-commissioning = Building operating and maintenance systems are examined, parts may be fixed or replaced, and systems reset as if they were being installed new. REx is usually performed about 5 years after RCx has passed thru a building and reoccurs about every 5 years going forward. Preventive Maintenance = actions to preserve life of equipment and prevent breakdowns (cleaning of coils, review of air handling unit systems, review of hydronic systems.) Occurs before re-commissioning. The PM group reports to the maintenance side of the organization whereas the RCx and REx teams report to Utilities and Energy Services. In terms of priority:

    • Change the 5th recommissioning team that is temporary for FY18 to make it permanent in FY19 ($350K/year)
    • Increase Building Maintenance and Preventive Maintenance teams from 1 to 2 for FY19. ($350K for 2nd team)
    • Implement systematic building control upgrades to enhance further energy conservation and/or replace outdated equipment (IT audit item) ($1M/year).
    • Increase Recommissioning teams from 5 to 6 for FY2019 ($350K for 6th team)."

    See attached the SWATeam recommendation ECONS006 Conservation Budget Funding 2017 complete with comments from all the ECBS SWATeam members.

  7. Conservation Budget Recommendation (ECONS003) - Chacellor's approval

  8. FY17 summary

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    During seven Friday evening “Illini Lights Out” events in the 2016-17 academic year, teams of student volunteers switched off more than 11,000 fixtures and closed windows in campus buildings around the Main Quad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One bulb at a time, this small action taken by more than 200 students saved campus about $3,400 in energy costs — not to mention lengthened the lifespan of several thousand lightbulbs.

  9. Eco-Olympics update

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    Eco-Olympics is off to a great start to our 2017 competition! In order to increase student participation, we created a prize for the hall with the highest amount of participation. We have 11 buildings in the competition and 110 total number of students signed up to participate. You are invited you to look at the current results by going to the following page: https://buildingos.com/s/illinoisurbanachampaign/storyboard217/?chapterId=864.

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