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Projects Updates for Eco-Olympics


  1. ECBS SWATeam Meeting Minutes

    On January 19, 2018, the ECBS SWATeam discussed updates on the Freezer Challenge, Eco-Olympics, and the Illini Lights Out program. They also brainstormed methods for the departments to become more invested in energy conservation. They are broaching the idea of the departments receiving payback for their participation or possibly charging departments for their energy usage. The team members will research into peer institutions and what they are doing on this issue. The ECBS SWATeam also wishes to build more awareness for energy conservation in residential facilities and in the campus community.

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  2. Call for Eco-Olympics Leaders

    Associated Project(s): 

    Apply to fill one of the EcoOlympics officer roles Now!

    Do team building, leadership, networking with campus stakeholders, and preparing for the real world sound like a great way to build your resume. Gain experience and build these business aspects of your portfolio while having fun with your colleagues and making a difference in the world!

                    Leadership, team building, communication and business organizational experience with environmentally friendly programs put you at the top of the pack when applying to corporate/academic internships, non-profit organizations, outreach organizations and graduate programs. Participating as an officer is gratifying and fulfills these qualifications, while providing plenty of documented recognition in environmental stewardship and energy conservation.

    See file for example of leadership certificate and acknowledgement from Chancellor Jones.

    We are currently building this year’s organization team, so join us to develop your portfolio and work together organizing and helping others reach their goals and make a difference in the world, by sending a 75-150 word essay (essentially 2-3 paragraphs) about why being an officer on the EcoOlympics organization team is important to you. Send to and include the position (see list below) you are applying  for in the subject title.

    For a closer look:

    1) At the competition, visit the iCap description and our website

    2) For personal benefits visit housings article highlighting Jessica Mondello’s experience and accomplishments

    3) As for fun, games and camraderie check out and join our facebook page 

    Now accepting resume’s for the following positions:

    Team Members:

    ·         President- leads the organization team, manages all aspects of the competition

    ·         Treasurer- manages funding of the competition, sponsors, prizes, marketing materials and promotions

    ·         Marketing/Publicity Chair- manages the recruiting of participants, marketing events and advertising, coordinates efforts with the     Building Captain Manager

    ·         Building Captain Chair- communicates and motivates the building captains for each team and collaborates with the Publicity Chair

    ·         Technical Chair- manages and publishes the technical data, networks with utilities services and building managers to gain access to metering information

    See file for time commitment per role.

    Resume building, networking and gratifying experience – Preparation for real world
    Emphasize the shortness of the commitment for the value gained
    There will be guidance, resources, and structure for accomplishing these leadership roles


    Thank you

    Paul Foote

    Think Globally. Act Locally


    University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

    Facilities and Services, Utilities and Energy Services

    Energy Conservation and Retro-commissioning

    Office: 217-244-1048


  3. ECBS SWATeam Meeting Minutes

    The Energy Conservation and Building Standards SWATeam gathered for the first meeting of the FY2017 on September 12. The team briefly reflected on the progress made thus far (e.g. Zero Net Growth policy was passed in 2015 and a 30% campus-wide energy reduction goal was achieved 3 years early). Updates on current projects were also presented, such as on the new leadership of the Illini Lights Out program. 

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  4. Article: Eco-Olympics builds on success and seeks new leaders

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    Eco-Olympics is a competition focused on bringing hall residents together to make environmental changes that make a lasting impact on the community. Hall-based teams compete with each other in energy reduction efforts. Teams get points for energy reduction per resident as well as the number of residents that sign up, number of events held, social media posts, and how many people attend each event. 

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  5. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Status of our recommendations to iWG;

    2) Review of Illini Lights Out over the past year;

    3) Any final thoughts, recommendations for Eco-Olympics;

    4) Progress on building energy standards;

    5) Updates on the revolving loan fund (RLF) projects;

    6) Turning off computers.  Change in policy, at least at F&S.  Implications for Certified Green Office Program? 

    7) Building level energy consumption report summary;

    8) Good-byes and thanks to departing members.

  6. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Follow up from April 14 Illini Lights Out;

    2) Reports from success of Eco-Olympics;

    3) Continued discussions on Karl’s work with ACES and other buildings;

    4) Energy efficiency standard for UIUC;

    5) Dr. Ximing Cai, new Associate Director for Campus Sustainability came to meet the team;

    6) SWATeam next meeting time and date:  May 11th, from 3:30 to 5 pm. 


  7. 14 hours left!

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hey teams,

    We have just 14 hours left in the competition. Have an impromptu study hour, post some pictures on FB, get more people to sign up for next year! It's never too late to make an impact.

    As the competition winds down, I want to send out a couple of important reminders.

    1. The goal of Eco-Olympics is behavioral change. Remember to carry the things you've learned with you!
    2. If you still haven't gotten your shirt, its not too late. Just reach out to me.
    3. Tomorrow is the deadline to RSVP for a leadership certificate.
    4. If you had events, SEND ME YOUR ATTENDANCE SHEETS. I can't give you participation points if I don't know you had an event or I don't know how many showed up.

    Thanks for all you've done teams!


    Jessica Mondello
    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally.


  8. Update on Eco-Olympics and the Leadership Certificate

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello team members,

    You have worked hard to make a difference in your hall by creating awareness and influencing behavioral change during the Eco-Olympics competition. Now it’s time for your recognition, we have worked with the Chancellor’s office to bring you Leadership Certificates for your stewardship and positive impact on campus. See the attached certificate for a preview.

    Please RSVP by Monday April 17th at midnight  if you would like to add this certificate to your achievements in outstanding leadership on campus.

    Thank you for an Awesome job and keep up the Great work!

    Jessica Mondello

    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally

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  9. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Report from Karl on projects he has been working on:

       a) Enterprise Works - proposed revolving loan project.  Awaiting departmental funding of $350K to complete project. 

       b) Memorial Stadium RCx work - This appears to be getting $500K in funding.

       c) National Soybean Research space walk preview.  

    2)  Discussion on LEED requirements as iCAP goal

    3)   BIF lighting follow up

    4)  Final planning for ILO on Friday, April 14

    5)   Updates:

       a) Eco-Olympics

       b) Recommendation for ILO continuation submitted by Marian

       c) Green Labs Coordinator position

    6) SWATeam next meeting time and date:  April 27th, from 3:30 to 5 pm. 

  10. Our last big push!

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hey everyone!

    Just 5 days left! Plenty of time to make a significant change. Nugent, you're so close to Taft, catch them! Trelease and Van Doren battle for 3rd! Halls in the red, don't give up. With a group of friends, walk around the hall a couple times this week and flip lights off. Wardall turn your A/C off.

    Here are some reminders:

    • Take pictures of your efforts! Programs, posted fliers or energy tips, your team in your shirts, anything advertising the competition. Post them on our wall or tag us @EcoOlympicsUIUC
    • Big energy suckers are A/C units, mini fridges, heating cold water, and hair driers/straighteners. Unplug your fridge, wash your clothes in cold water, and go all natural for the next week.
    • We have shirts left! Let me know if you want yours!

    Check out the live results, here.


    Jessica Mondello

    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally.

  11. Eco-Olympics update

    Associated Project(s): 

    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:

  12. Final week, finish strong!

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello everyone!

    We have one week left, it's time to kick into overdrive! Here are some reminders:

    • Hosting short events like study hours are easy, require little set up, and allow you to inform a ton of residents about Eco-Olympics.
    • There is a participation award this year. Even if your hall is doing so hot conserving energy, there is more than one way to win!
      • Post picture to our FB page, get people to sign up, hold events!
    • SHIRTS! Shirts are a great way to advertise the competition at events. Let me know if you need yours!

    Check out the results here: Right here!

    Here is the current sign up standings:

    Let's make this year amazing! Attached our energy saving tips you can post around your hall. Just print them off and tape them up!


    Jessica Mondello
    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally.

  13. 1 Week Done!

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Eco-Olympic followers!

    I encourage you all to add us on Facebook ! Teams are encouraged to post pictures throughout the competition so you can all follow along!

    Check out how your hall and others are doing at this link  . Starting Tuesday, you can go to and click on your hall to find the results.

    Below are the current results for sign up participation. Way to go Allen Hall!


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  14. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Final review of Illini Lights Out (ILO) recommendation;

    2) Scott Willenbrock visiting April 14 meeting;

    3) Updates:

    - iCAP Portal.  Work of Morgan and Chenxi Jiang;

    - Earth Hour photo;

    - Eco-Olympics;

    - Green Lab Coordinator

    4) SWATeam next meeting time and date:  April 13th, from 3:30 to 5 pm. 

  15. Let the games begin!

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hey all!

    The competition has begun! It will run until 4/17. We are close to having the live results up so you can check how your hall is doing. I'll send out a link when that is complete.

    You are competing for a catered banquet or a $200-500 prize of your choice. Start saving energy, signing people up for Eco-Olympics, and having events.

    For your convenience, I have attached the participation outline that specifies how to win points for that $200-500 prize.

    Reach out with any questions and good luck!


    Jessica Mondello

    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally.

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  16. Rates of participation in Eco-Olympics by residence hall

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    Hello Eco-Olympic followers!

    It's not too late to sign up! For those who have their team up and running, I highly encourage you all to meet before spring break begins. Once we get back, the competition is on! If you let me know the time and place, I can bring shirts to hand out.

    Here is the count of participants signed up for each hall:

    Remember that each person signed up gives your one point towards the participation price! Have some tabling events to get people interested!


    Jessica Mondello
    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally.


  17. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Discussion of recommendation process as developed and described in the iCAP;

    2) Illini Lights Out final planning for 10th of February;

    3) Update on fume hood work;

    4) North America Laboratory Freezer Challenge update; 5) Planning for Earth Week.    






  18. Eco-Olympics information and application requests

    Associated Project(s): 

    It’s time for promoting and encouraging energy conservation in the halls through Eco-Olympics energy competition, we are displaying the coveted trophy in various locations around housing starting this week through the end of the competition. The grand prize, a catered banquet is secured and awaiting the winning hall!

    New to this year’s competition!

    1)      We are asking Chancellor Jones to be the signatory for the leadership certificates this year.

    2)      We are also supporting a participation prize of $200-$500 for the hall with the most and best participation efforts, your thoughts on this and more on that in a minute.

    3)      All Eco-Olympics meetings will be held at your individual hall, accommodating busy schedules and making it easier to attend.

    4)      Housing is helping with marketing support for the competition and individual halls.

    5)      We have been working with campus utilities to identify meters that are impacted by students and only recording energy usage from these meters to better gauge the teams efforts.

    Is your hall competing? 
    If you have not seen, flyers posted, group meetings held, plans for participation events or heard conversation about Eco-Olympics it is time to stir the pot and get your residents in contact with us.

    • Committed Halls areAllen, LAR, Busey-Evans, FAR, and ISR (Wardall)
    • Halls that have expressed interest (someone signed up but has not followed up with email communication): Bousfield, Barton, Lundgren and Nugent

    This leaves us with nine (9) buildings competing at various levels of effort, we are shooting for 12-15 buildings this year and would like your help in making this happen?

    If your hall is not listed as “committed” help us get the word out by contacting us, we will make arrangements for a  presentation/recruiting opportunity and marketing materials to be distributed.

    Your input is Greatly appreciated, this year we are measuring participation efforts and awarding a financial incentive (between $200-$500) to the hall with the highest level of participation. This will be measured by number of team member’s signup with Eco-Olympics from each hall, number of events held in the hall, and number of participants at each event, verified through organization representatives, and photos of the event.
    What we would like from you is to let us know your thoughts on the idea of motivating participation with a $200-$500 incentive for your residents. This prize could be used for the students in any way they like, of course we would encourage it to be used for sustainability and energy conservation efforts, but that would not be mandatory.

    We are looking forward to our best and biggest competition ever!


    Thank  you 
    Paul Foote

    Think Globally. Act Locally.

  19. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Associate Director for Campus Sustainability at iSEE replacement;

    2) Status of recommendation for Green Lab Coordinator;

    3) Discussion: How the SWATeam recommendation process working for us;

    4) FYI: Discussions are ongoing on campus about higher expectations for building standards;

    5) Illini Light Out” will transition to iSEE and dates for the rest of the year;

    6) Certified Green Office Program. How ECBS SWATeam can promote this;

    7) Status updates: 2017 Freezer Challenge and Eco-Olympics Planning.



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