The existing baler at the Waste Transfer Station cannot handle plastics beyond #1 and #2. Thus, UIUC requires a new baler before the university can increase the types of plastics collected and ultimately recycled. In order for Facilities & Services (F&S) to purchase a new baler, they first need to conduct a conceptualization study, analyzing cost, construction, and maintenance. The Student Sustainability Committee funding provides support to F&S to conduct the necessary conceptualization study. Once F&S completes this study, they will make plans to expand plastic baling to a wider range of plastics.
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Projects Updates for Student Sustainability Committee (SSC)
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The Illinois Sustainable Food Project (ISFP) strives to provide locally-sourced, healthy, and nutritious product for UIUC Dining while providing an educational experience to the student body. SSC grants the Food Science & Human Nutrition Pilot Processing Plant (FSHN-PPP) funding to complete four projects: Extrusion expansion, tortilla expansion, puree expansion, and a hand washing station. These four projects will bring new campus grown and produced foods to dining services while providing students with invaluable learning opportunities.
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This project seeks to strengthen student understanding of the farm-to-fork food system. This project's main goal is to upkeep, collection, and summarization data from the Woody Perennial Polyculture (WPP). The WPP was a student-initiated effort that was established on the Student Sustainable Farm in 2012 with support from the SSC and other campus entities. By completing this analysis, WPP will expand its educational outreach, increase student engagement, and better connect with campus Dining Services. This funding provides student and staff time so that WPP can expand its efforts after a detailed analysis.Attached Files:
iHelp is the fall campus day of service where over 1,500 students volunteer in various service projects in the Urbana-Champaign community. One of the service projects is a community food drive. Food drive bags and flyers are distributed to houses in Urbana requesting nonperishable food items for volunteers to collect. The collected food is then donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Last year, iHelp donated 4,114 pounds of food, equating to 3,428 meals. This funding purchases reusable bags that allow community members to donate food and student volunteers to easily collect donations. Through this initiative, UIUC can show the community its commitment to both sustainability and community engagement.Attached Files:
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The Sustainability Council meeting agenda is attached. The key topic is the proposal for a second solar farm.Attached Files:
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Red Oak Rain Garden 2.0 restores the original Red Oak Rain Garden that was established 10 years ago to address the flooding issue between McKinley Health Center and Allen Hall. Students will work alongside faculty, staff, and community members to plant specific plants that provide multi-season flooding protection. This project aims to increase awareness surrounding horticulture and natural flooding management while addressing an infrastructural issue on campus.
The Student Sustainability Committee provides financial support to purchase plants, signage, training materials, and hardscape. The plant species are specifically chosen for maximum efficiency and learning. Likewise, the signage will allow the passerby to identify native species. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will support the garden while students are on academic breaks and provide Red Bison, a student-led organization, with rain garden training.Attached Files:
Filify 3D is a new project this semester, working to make 3D printing more sustainable and eco-friendly. This semester, the project is looking to sell fused filament ends (which are otherwise thrown away) back to campus 3D Printing labs. They will also be constructing and refining the design to a shredder and extruder to recycle failed prints. Ultimately, they hope to expand their capacity to be able to recycle plastic water bottles for use in 3D prints. This project is a cross functional one.
The Student Sustainability Committee is providing funding for some materials and supplies.Attached Files:
Stay Glassy looks to target glass bottles, an abundant and unused resource in the Champaign-Urbana community, to create a product that will benefit the community. By working with underserved members of our community to create a viable marketplace product, Stay Glassy achieves two goals: reduce glass waste and create meaningful employment in Champaign-Urbana. This semester, the project is changing scope from educating the community through "at home'' glass up-cycling workshops to focusing on a glass repurposing business. Project associates should expect to work on aspects of business development and product innovation.
The Student Sustainability Committee funded project supplies and workspace.Attached Files:
This funding supports the purchase of an engine and other car parts to construct a highly fuel-efficient car. As a resource conservation and transportation project, Eco Illini Supermileage is training its team members and spreading sustainability awareness to students from all majors. Through social media and showcase events, Eco Illini Supermileage engages the CU community. The Eco Illini Supermileage experience springboards students’ career development and automotive innovation after graduation.Attached Files:
The Student Sustainability Committee funded Local Grains and Locally Processed Foods for Dining Services in October 2017.
This project aims at developing methods that promote locally processed grains for U of I students. This project connects to the Vegetable Crop Farm, FSHN Pilot Plant, and Sustainable Student Farm, offering the final puzzle piece required to offer campus grown grains to UIUC community members. This project will purchase reusable containers to transport grains, and other campus products, between campus farms and campus processing facilities. Moreover, project leaders will analyze both taste and nutrients for Vegetable Crop Farm product.
The SSC funding will go directly towards:
- Reusable storage containers
- Analysis equipment
On November 7, 2017, the Student Sustainability Committee held a full committee meeting. SSC discussed subcommittee operations, a shift in the executive board, a scope change from Space Systems, and takeaways from different conferences. This is the last full committee of the Fall 2017 semester.Attached Files:
On October 21, 2017, the Student Sustainability Committee held a voting meeting for Fall 2017 projects. First, the committee approved the scope change for the Illini Bike Share. Next, the committee examined the 34 submitted proposals to select which proposals would get funded, declined, or moved to Step 2. SSC funded seven proposals at this meeting.Attached Files:
On October 10, 2017, the Student Sustainability Committee held a full committee meeting. During this meeting, Lily Wilcock and Morgan White presented the Illini Bike Scope Change. Upcoming events and subcommittees were also discussed.Attached Files:
On September 26, 2017, the Student Sustainability Committee held a full committee meeting. During this meeting, members discussed working group progress, a potential SSC conference, Slack (a communication app), and the Illini Bike Share project.Attached Files:
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.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.