On September 12, 2017, the Student Sustainability Committee held their first full committee meeting of the Fall 2017 semester. During this meeting, members discussed working group management, professional development opportunities, and upcoming events.
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Projects Updates for Student Sustainability Committee (SSC)
- Associated Project(s):Attached Files:
Here are the tasks we need to focus on starting with the highest priority. 1st Web Development. http://ssc.union.illinois.edu. The website looks pretty nice but its content is lacking particularly in the projects page. There are pictures missing for many completed and under construction projects (I am currently working on that). 2nd Encourage more people to work on working groups. The more people involved in the process the more of an impact the committee will have on campus. 3rd Have more people, particularly students, submit proposals 4th Have the committee be known throughout campus. I would be willing to do some research to see what percentage of the school knows about it now to measure our effectiveness. If you know anyone who is interested in social media, photography, videography, or writing, please encourage them to join. I hope to see everyone soon, Marlon Mueller-Soppart
Cathy Liebowitz, the SSC Coordinator, and Morgan Johnston, the F&S sustainability liaison met today to discuss the Student Sustainability Committee. Cathy will get access to the iCAP Portal, to be able to provide key updates about the SSC.
F&S requested funding from the Student Sustainability Committee for replacing 352 metal hallide lights along pedestrian walkways on campus with LED fixtures, expected to save approximately 90 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Apply Now for Funding from the Student Sustainability Committee – Deadline This Sunday!
The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) reviews, recommends and funds over $1.1 million in sustainable projects annually that increase environmental stewardship, inspire change, and impact students. Past projects partially funded by the SSC include the Sustainable Student Farm, the ECE Building, and the Sustainability Living-Learning Community in University Housing.
The SSC is now accepting funding requests for the Fall 2014 funding cycle of the 2014-2015 academic year. All projects working toward a goal of improving sustainability at the University of Illinois are encouraged to apply. Student-led projects are welcome, but must be affiliated with a campus department and have a faculty or staff member as a sponsor. For full funding criteria or to complete an application, please visit the SSC Website. Applications are due by 11:59 PM THIS SUNDAY, October 19th for consideration in the Fall 2014 Funding Cycle, and projects will receive notification on whether they are invited to the next step in funding consideration by mid-November. Projects submitted after this deadline will have consideration deferred to the Spring 2015 funding cycle.
If you have any questions, please visit the SSC’s website or email Sustainability-Committee@illinois.edu.
Announcing a new course offered in Spring 2015 -- Monitoring and Evaluating SSC Projects
Adjunct Professor Warren Lavey is teaching a new class this Spring: ENVS 299 (Independent Studies of Environmental Topics) (2 credits, meeting Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm)
Enrollment limited to three juniors, seniors, or graduate students involved with the Student Sustainability Committee (present or past members or participants in a working group)
Stronger processes for monitoring and evaluating the performance of projects will help the SSC learn from and communicate the benefits of its efforts. This course will teach the tools for financial, environmental and other assessments, and apply them in developing information useful for the SSC's current and future work. Students will research and submit two 10-page reports -- one evaluating the performanceof a project funded several years ago, and the other analyzing the monitoring provisions and expected impacts in a pending proposal. Each student will work with the SSC to select important projects to research. Students will interview staff involved with the projects, collect data, research the performance of similar projects, and develop a customized framework for monitoring and evaluation.
Enrollment in this course is limited and students will be selected by the professor. If you would like to apply, please download and complete the application at http://ssc.union.illinois.edu/bootstrap/is_application.pdf.
Please submit via email by November 1 to email@example.com. Applicants will be informed of the selections by November 10.
Our mailing address is:
University of Illinois
1401 W. Green Street
Urbana, Il 61801
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Student Sustainability Committee Meeting
Union, Leadership Center Conference Room
September 8, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1. Determining Executive Positions 5:00-5:10
b. Vice Chair Internal and External
2. Working Group Formation and Chair Selection 5:10-5:25
3. Monitoring and Evaluation 5:25-5:35
4. Subcommittee Formation and Chair Selection 5:35-5:45
5. Bylaws update 5:45-5:50
6. Information meeting 5:50-6:00
Student Sustainability Committee
The Student Sustainability Committee'spurpose is to:
1) explore the options for the use of the student fees for sustainability and alternative energy generation, and 2) evaluate the feasibility of projects being discussed with the professional assistance of engineers in the Division of Facilities and Services. The committee reviews and recommends projects to be funded from two student fees, the $14.00 Sustainable Campus Environment fee and the $2.00 Cleaner Energy Technologies fee.
In Spring 2003, a $2.00 per semester non-refundable student fee for Cleaner Energy Technologies was approved by a student referendum. The intent of the fee is to "provide pollution-free renewable energy as a portion of the campus energy portfolio and reduce campus energy consumption." In Spring 2010, students passed a referendum that raised the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee from $5 to $14. The measure passed by 77% approval, and established University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as having the largest funding pool of its kind in the United States. The Student Sustainability Committee, is a joint student, faculty and staff committee, though students are the only voting members on the Committee.
The projects approved by the Student Sustainability Committee undergo approval by the Office of Sustainability.
To become a member of the Student Sustainability Committee, visit the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs website for application information and application deadlines.
Student Sustainability Committee Members
Students - 2012-2013
Kathryn Kinley - (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Marika Nell - (Civil and Environmental Engineering) - Treasurer
Suharsh Sivakumar - (Computer Science)
Emily Cross - (Earth Systems, Society and Environment)
Olivia Webb - (Agricultural and Biological Engineering)
Jordan Jessop - (Graduate Student, Natural Resources and Environmental Science)
Marcus Ricce - (Graduate Student, Urban and Regional Planning)
Felicia Speranske - (Natural Resouces and Environmental Science)
Sean Sullivan - (Earth Systems, Society, and Environment)
Teresa Tousignant - (Graduate Student, Architecture)
Faculty Advisors - 2012-2013
Brenda Coble Lindsey- Social Work
Brian Deal- Urban and Regional Planning
Praveen Kumar- Civil and Environmental Engineering
Robert Pahre- Political Science
Madhu Viswanathan- Business
Michelle Wander- Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Staff Advisors - 2012-2013
Stephanie Lage- Office of Sustainability
Betsy Jo Liggett- Environmental Compliance, Facilities and Services
Morgan Johnston- Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities and Services
John Prince- Deferred Maintenance, Facilities and Services
Ed Slazinik- Illini Union
Mckenzie Beverage – Student Programs and Activities
- 10 students, 6 faculty, 6 staff
- $1.1 million to distribute among student and faculty projects
- Cleaner Energy Technologies fee
- Sustainable Campus Environment fee
- 4 Subcommittees
- 6 topics – include more community input
- Food and waste
- Strategic Impact
- ICAP concerns - fund projects that help UIUC reach ICAP goals
- Projects that have no other method of funding.
- Step 1: ideas get turned into specific requests and goals, submitted to SSC in application with project abstract and approximate funding needed.
- Applications are reviewed and selected based on strategic impact goals, get invited to step 2…
- Step 2: Specific logistics figured out, feasibility reports made
- Step 3: Entire SSC votes
- SSC allocations
- Future goals
- More student engagement
- Expand outreach efforts
- Get more student-driven project applications
- Some projects/organizations SSC has funded…
- Green Observer
- Bike Shop
- Solar decathlon house
The SSC Working Group kickoff meeting we held today. All the working group chairs gave a quick overview of the project types they handle. The chair gave an overview of the process and the workload for the working groups.
The individual working groups met at various tables and discussed their plans for the year.
Working Group Formation and Chair Selection
Chair: Jessica DeWitt
Chair: Amy Liu
Chair: Maria Jones
Chair: Amy Liu
Chair: Katie Kinley
Chair: Nishant Makhijani
Subcommittee Formation and Chair Selection
Staff attended the SSC end of the year picnic at the Sustainable Student Farm.
Staff met with the SSC “F&S/SSC Process” subcommittee, and developed a workable plan for how to coordinate SSC projects with campus procedures. The process flowchart met all needs, and looks like a great solution for the future.
The SSC developed a new process for facilitating detailed discussions by the committee. They formed groups to cover standing topics, ad hoc topics, and project topics. The groups are: Executive, Finance, Bylaws, Marketing, Funding Guidelines, Strategic Plan, Ethics/Code of conduct, F&S/SSC Process, Energy, Food/Waste, Water, Land, Education, and Transportation. OS staff are represented on eight of these subgroups.
Energy Services requested clarification about the submittal process for SSC funding of energy projects. SSC’s Program Advisor met with the Energy Services team and F&S contacts to explain the process.
Bicycle Intern Patrick Clark is developing the full proposal for bike parking to submit to SSC in February. This proposal will include three phases to replace all donut-hole bike parking areas with the campus standards rack. It will also include a request to fund additional Bike Fix-It stations on campus.
SSC voted to extend the deadline for a pre-existing Bike Sharing Grant, which awarded $10,000, to November 30, 2012.
As mentioned, the SSC awarded $250,000 toward the compost facility, pending the F-SCRAP grant.
Staff participated in the six-hour SSC retreat on a weekend in January. This event was very helpful in establishing strong working relationships within the SSC and developing priorities for process improvements during the spring.
Staff also participated in the brainstorming session related to the Sustainable Student Farm. It was a very informative discussion and interesting to learn about their past experiences and plans for moving forward with changes in their mission and operations.
- Associated Project(s):
In October 2010, the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) wrote a letter to the Office of Sustainability at the U of I recommending that the wind turbine project receive $500,000 in funding with following conditions:
1) That all funds provided by the SSC be returned in full if the project is postponed, cancelled or placed on hold.
2) That all funds provided by the SSC for be expended by December 31 st, 2011 and that a final report of all work completed and accounting of funds spent be provided to us by that date as well.Attached Files: