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  1. first draft recommendations

    Associated Project(s): 

    Please find attached a write-up for the iCAP. As I just returned from a long trip, and punched this out in a hurry to meet tomorrows deadline, it may need to be extensively edited and modified. But these suggestions are basically what I have to offer.

    Should we espouse a larger vision – net zero? Without a timeline as an aspirational  goal

    N. Rajagopalan PhD

    Attached Files: 
  2. funding opportunity

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Lage, Stephanie M []
    Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2014 1:54 PM
    Subject: FW: Illinois Water Resources Small Grant RFP


    From: []
    Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2014 1:47 PM
    To: Lage, Stephanie M
    Subject: Illinois Water Resources Small Grant RFP

    Mark your calendar: 

    The Illlinois Water Resources Center (IWRC) wants your proposals!

    Due: Friday, October 31, 2014

    IWRC requests proposals to fund promising graduate and undergraduate student research projects addressing Illinois water resources. We are particularly interested in projects that seek solutions for or provide novel identification of pressing water concerns in Illinois. PI's can request up to $10,000. Project duration is March 1, 2015-February 28, 2016.

    For more information visit:


    Lisa Merrifield


  3. ISTC Water Audit webinar

    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) Water Audit Webinar – Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (web only)

    “Water Use and Conservation on Illinois College Campuses: The Ripple Effect”

    The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) are partnering to train college faculty and staff to conduct water audits on their campuses, increasing knowledge about water on college campuses, and furthering ISTC’s goal of reducing water consumption in Illinois by One Billion Gallons. To do so, IGEN and ISTC will implement a three-phase program. In the first phase of the program, IGEN will cohost a webinar with ISTC to educate interested colleges on the basics of water audits. The webinar will cover the following information:

    • Details of what a comprehensive water audit encompasses: the built environment, the campus landscaping, and the local topography/watershed;
    • Where to find specific information on water use on a college campus: what bills, what departments have information, what is metered, etc.;
    • Potential benefits of water audits: how to save money, water, and energy, and the environmental impacts; and
    • Overview of the next phases of the program and how to participate.

    Speakers will be: Megan Chery, Manager of Alliance for Water Efficiency; Aaron Dunbaugh, Director of Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago; and Michelle Maddaus, Founder and Civil Engineer with Maddaus Waste Management.

    Please register to attend the webinar at For additional information visit

    In the second phase of the program, IGEN and ISTC will arrange regional training sessions at several Illinois community colleges to train stakeholders on how to conduct a comprehensive water audit on campus. In the third phase of the program, colleges will conduct water audits on their campuses and make recommendations that will reduce water consumption and apply for grants to implement the projects.

    ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  4. files from Keith Erickson

    Associated Project(s): 

    Please note the two attached files.

    One is a recent storm water study for the Mathews Avenue drainage basin.

    The other is the water use, by building type, per square foot.  We discussed this type of analysis last week, and the F&S Utility Financial Service group was able to provide the data.


  5. notes about stormwater and targets

    Associated Project(s): 

    Dear SWATwater team and Ben,

    Good morning, unfortunately I have to attend another meeting (today 10/1 & again 10/15) during our swat water meeting time. I'm truly sorry for my absence today. 

    I've attached my notes on the storm water aspect of the reduction/re-use goals and scenarios, with a draft list of recommended steps/studies to support moving forward through planning and design. I hope these goals and strategies hit the level of information needed at this point, supporting 5) d. of Kishore's handout. They can be translated into the recommendation format for future iCAP working group review, post Oct 22.

    Ben, I'm sorry to miss the chance to meet you today - I look forward to the next opportunity. 

    And I look forward to any comments from the team.

    Very best,

    Mary Pat

    Mary Pat Mattson, RLA, ASLA

    Assistant Professor : Department of Landscape Architecture

    College of Fine and Applied Arts : UIUC

  6. note from Amy and Kishore

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Rajagopalan, Nandakishore
    Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:36 PM
    To: Amy Liu
    Subject: RE: Update

    I think that’s a great idea. Do contact the wolverines

    From: Amy Liu
    Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:13 PM
    To: Thayer, Danielle J
    Cc:; Nishant Makhijani
    Subject: Re: Update

    Hi all,

    I will probably be unable to attend tomorrow's meeting due to a time conflict with SSC. 

    Along the lines of something I conveyed before, there are minor differences between the inputs we've entered for UIUC water use and the data that is shared in "iCAP Water Emissions". These might need to be resolved in order to propose the most useful benchmarks. And for our special interest University of Michigan, I am considering whether I should contact someone from their water institute to gather more information about their use statistics and strategies. I assume that such information will be be more related to our later goals. Let me know what you think.

    Best regards,

    Amy Liu

  7. meeting update

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello everyone,

    I have updated the SWAT folder with the new minutes and documents that have been being passed around.

    Just a reminder, 2 weeks ago, we spoke about how we may want to utlize our volunteers moving forward, and also, about reaching out to other faculty/ staff at UIUC to get an expert opinion on some of our ideas for the new iCAP goals. Since we have 3 meetings left until the Campus Sustainability Day deadline, establishing these decisions this week so that we have 2 weeks to coordinate might be beneficial. (I can also assist in reaching out to persons we are interested in to save you some time once we establish a date).

    Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 1st in NSRL room 358 at 12 pm. I will see you all there.

    Have a great day,


  8. note from Amy Liu

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Kishore,

    The spreadsheet is very helpful, many thanks. 

    I quickly combed through the document and didn't find any errors in calculation. However, there seem to be minor differences between inputs for UIUC water use when compared to the "iCAP Water Emissions" spreadsheet Ben recently shared with us e.g 1023 mgpy vs. 1063 mgpy.  

    I might look at University of Michigan more closely later today since it's of special interest to us.

    Amy Liu

  9. draft Water targets

    Associated Project(s): 


    If you have the time, please go through the attached xlsx and see if you can catch either transcription or formulaic errors.

    Stephanie/Keith: If you have data from 2005 on water consumption per year and buildings sq. ft. age that would help us in estimating annual growth rates.


    N. Rajagopalan PhD

    Attached Files: 
  10. Materials from iWG

    Associated Project(s): 

    Dear Water and Stormwater SWATeam,

    The iCAP Working Group met today, and we very much look forward to your updated report on campus progress towards the 2010 iCAP targets.

    In the hopes that it will provide some assistance as you formulate your recommendations for the revised iCAP, to be presented at the iCAP Forum on October 22nd, we wanted to provide you with some additional files:

    1) A "template" for the iCAP sections that we ask that you use. This was written using Transportation as an example, but it should be easily adaptable.

    2) A "resources" document that summarizes the 2010 iCAP strategies, excerpts from a document that was put together back in FY13 summarizing progress at that time, a set of links to relevant pages on the iCAP Portal, and a list of the questions in the STARS report that are relevant to your team.  The STARS report is how our campus gets "graded" on our sustainability performance, so these questions may inspire ideas for things the campus should be doing.

    3) A table of water usage.  You can fill this in with your proposed goals, and include it in the template.

    4) A summary of all of our emissions in different categories, for context.

    5) The Clean Air Cool Planet calculator itself, updated for FY2014, in case you wish to dive into how the calculations are performed.

    We hope this information will be helpful to your team.  If there is anything we can do to help you with your important work in the coming month, please just ask!




    Professor Benjamin J. McCall

    Associate Director for Campus Sustainability

    Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  11. iWG agenda packet

  12. agenda for meeting

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Rajagopalan, Nandakishore []
    Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:29 AM
    Subject: This aternon meeting

    In the interests of making the most of our time, here are my top line goals. The first one is based on Lance Schideman suggestion. Three and four are again based on Lance and Marys suggestions.

    We might even want to suggest a water reuse goal with timelines. Not sure what the basis would be but if we want a zero water campus, we can calculate precipitation over some area and assume that it satisfies a portion of our needs; the rest would come from reuse (both effluent as well as stormwater). The stormwater could be integrated with landscape and will be the residual after accounting for evapotranspirtion.

    Any water features as part of the landscape would then be integrated with heat sink needs as campus, possibly creating an year-round landscape, maybe even a temperate rainforest in the Mid-west!


    1. Overall reduction
      1. in line with ICAP 2010
      2. Normalized levels of 20,000 gallons per weighted campus user in 2020 and 16500 gallons per weighted campus user by 2025
      3. Normalized  levels of 42 gallons per total buildings sq. ft (buildings + laboratory space) by and 36 gallons per sq. ft. in 2025 (question to Stephanie on these numbers)
    2. Undertake bottoms-up approach to estimate end-use for campus using best practices to determine realistic goals achievable by water conservation alone
    3. Recognize water reuse as an essential component to continue reductions in fresh water demand on campus beyond 2025; initiate planning activities to increase water reuse on campus 
    4. Integrate the physical and natural elements of campus topography to reduce water demand on campus and facilitate reuse

    N. Rajagopalan PhD

    Associate Director/Illinois Pollution Prevention Scientist

    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

    Prairie Research Institute

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Champaign, IL


  13. SITES system

    Associated Project(s): 

    Dear Keith and Water Team:

    Here is a link to Sustainable Sites Initiative, now called SITES rating system. SITES has a long history, but the short story is that this is a robust and leading tool for advancing landscape performance. It not only a tool but also a certification program. It is/will be adopted by USGBC to inform the sites credits for LEED. In many ways, it was a response to LEED really not getting at the potential for site systems themselves. It could be added to iCAP's recommendations for renovations and new construction. 

    Just as with LEED, it went through some growing pains, particularly challenging was documenting pre-design conditions to demonstrate performance and sustainability improvement. After multiple years of pilot projects and testing, version 2 has just been released. It can be used with or without a building or other structure within the site, making it a great tool for our campus. 

    A colleague of mine at Conservation Design Forum in Elmhurst, IL has been a key participant in its development, and he would be a fantastic additional to our external consultant group.

    Thanks, see you tomorrow,

    Mary Pat


    Mary Pat Mattson, RLA, ASLA

    Assistant Professor : Department of Landscape Architecture

    College of Fine and Applied Arts : UIUC

    611 Taft Drive, Champaign IL 61820

  14. water savings and costs

    Associated Project(s): 

    Here is an example of unit costs for various replacements at the University of Connecticut late 2007. The estimates were by a plumbing firm. Says costs = material +labor

    Domestic Fixture Retrofits (ResLife)


    Unit Cost


    Total Cost

    Water Saved Per Unit (gal)

    3.5 Commercial Toilet Replacement





    1.6 Commercial Valve Retrofit





    1.0 Pressure Tank Toilet Upgrade





    Gravity Toilet Tank Upgrade





    Urinal Valve Retrofit





    Faucet Flow Control





    Showerhead Upgrade





    Showerhead Retrofit







  15. Water SWATeam using Google Drive

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello SWAT Water,

    It was nice to meet all of you this morning, I am excited to be part of this group! We have a lot of great ideas already that I am excited to see implemented. I have created a google drive folder which I will be placing all of our minutes and documents in. I have shared it with everyone, so please inform me if you haven't received the folder in your drive account (it should be labeled "SWAT Water Minutes and Documents").

    In the folder, I have uploaded our minutes from this morning and also included any supplemental documentation that we have received thus far for your convenience, including the charge letter and various templates that were emailed from Ben. I also uploaded the power point that I brought up during the meeting. I produced this power point last year when I was contracted by West Point to do some research on Low Impact Development implemented on campuses east of the Mississippi. Hopefully this can be an asset to flip through to see some things other campuses are doing in the east and midwest to reduce their impact on water supply and quality along with links to find more information on the individual projects.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see you all next Wednesday at noon!


    Danielle Thayer


  16. potential student challenge

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Amy Liu []
    Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 11:41 PM
    To: Johnston, Morgan B
    Subject: Re: EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

    This is really interesting, I will look into this. Thanks!

    On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Johnston, Morgan B <> wrote:

    Hi Water SWATeam,

    One of the potential water-related projects for campus could be this student competition:

    What do you think?




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