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  1. ZipcarU t-shirt design competition

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    From deep v’s to vintage tee’s, Zipcar is looking for someone to design their newest t-shirt. Check out old designs, get access to materials and logos and enter your design over at Project Roadway:

    Check out @zipcaru’s Project Roadway: Submit a design for the new Zipcar t-shirt. If your concept is chosen, you win $500 and the chance to work with Zipcar’s creative team to produce your design. Make it work.

    Zipcar’s Project Roadway contest is back!  Submit a design for @zipcar’s newest t-shirt for a chance to win $500 and work with Zipcar to create their shirt.

  2. Solar Installations - preliminary list

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    Facilities & Services created a list of existing and planned Solar installations on campus:

    a.       Installed:

    i.         #1206 BIF – Approx. 3,700-4,000 s.f. on a building roof.

    b.      Active:

    i.        Approx. 20”x20” panel for a fixed speed radar detector near lot E-15.

    ii.       Approx. 20”x20” panel to power lights for pedestrian crossing on Springfield Avenue.  Lights have been removed due to maintenance issues.  Panel remains.

    iii.      Approx. 20”x20” panel for a mobile speed radar detector on Lincoln Avenue.

    iv.      Approx. 20”x20” panel for an electric tractor/mower charger.  Item is off the grid.  Location?

    c.       In Planning:

    i.         #0052 KCPA

    ii.       #0409 Electrical and Computer Engineering along with #1094 NCPD

    iii.       South solar farm

    iv.       Housing

    v.        #0118 ARC - Solar Thermal

                    vi.       Residence Hall #3

                   vii.       College of Engineering discussing something at MNTL with grant funds. 


  3. Earth Week 2013 website

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    Earth Week 2013

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be celebrating Earth Week on April 20-26. Earth Week is a time to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment, sustainable living and earth awareness. 

    Several exciting activities are being planned for the week. We hope you will join us in celebrating!



    All Week

    The One Shirt National Collegiate Clothing Challenge - The ARC and CRCE will be collecting clothing to be donated to local charities!

    Saturday, April 20

    8:00am-12:00n: Countywide Residential Electronics Collection
    The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, Champaign (access to the Distribution Center is at the intersection of North Market Street and Olympian Drive)
    Got an old TV, computer monitor, or other electronic items not being used anymore?  Area residents are invited to bring old or unwanted electronic items to the upcoming Countywide Residential Electronics Collection to have these items responsibly recycled or refurbished.  Several teams of community service volunteers will be on hand to unload electronic items from residents’ vehicles.  No fees will be collected from persons dropping off items. Information about the upcoming collection on April 20 is available on the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) website at  Persons may also contact CCRPC at 217-328-3313 with questions about the collection.

    12:00n-2:00pm: Campus and Community Day of Service
    Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Champaign

    Members of the local community and University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students will join forces to kick off National Volunteer Week 2013, which will take place from April 21-27. One project that is already being planned involves packaging 146,000 meals - one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered - for local foodbanks to be distributed to needy families in Champaign-Urbana. The University's National Soybean Research Laboratory created the recipe in-house, so it's an "Illinois" meal. Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the food packaging project, so we are volunteering as a group for the 12 ' 2 p.m. time slot. We would love for you, your family and friends, or colleagues to join us. (Children 12 and up are eligible to participate). Contact Laura Bleill for more information and to register your company; we will register as a group.

    2:00-4:00pm: "Blooms, Not Butts"
    The UI Wellness Center and Masters of Public Health program are organizing a cigarette litter cleanup project. Volunteers will pick up litter and distribute flowers and cards, emphasizing two benefits of campus going smoke-free: beautification of our surroundings, and a cleaner environment for all. After the collection, students will build creative displays out of the litter in a live contest at the Environmental Expo (April 23, from 11am-2pm in the Union Courtyard Café). Cash prizes and more will be awarded. We are still looking for volunteers for both the pickup and the display contest! Contact Paula Chmiel at to volunteer at the pickup; submit ideas for a chance to be chosen for the contest here: More info:


    Sunday, April 21

    11:00am-1:00pm: Exit Signs Scavenger Hunt
    Meet at Engineering Plaza, between Everett and Engineering Hall
    We will show you how to spot incandescent-lighted Exit Signs and equip you with blueprints of what signs to check for these incandescent lights. The "training" should takes than ten minutes, and then you can be on your way! Bring some friends and compete to see who can find the most or use it as an excuse to explore a building you've never been in before! Then, celebrate a job well done of "greening" campus by enjoying some delicious pizza! For more information please contact Becca Nothof at


    Monday, April 22 (Earth Day)

    12:00n: Town Hall Meeting
    Beckman Auditorium 
    We encourage you to attend the upcoming Town Hall meeting on April 22 at noon in the Beckman Auditorium.
    Our plan at this meeting is to share a vision and set of strategic actions for Illinois. These actions were developed based on the Chancellor's year-long listening and learning tour and the recent campuswide Visioning Future Excellence process. As you know, higher education is at a crossroads and we must be ready to embrace and lead change. We believe the plan we are developing will increase the impact, excellence, and visibility of our institution. What we do now will position the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for success for the next 20-50 years.

    2:00-5:00pm: Campus Sustainability Symposium
    Illini Union, Rooms A&B, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    .Presentations and Poster Session, light refreshments

    6:30-8:00pm: Green Cleaning Workshop - Learn how to make your own green cleaning supplies!
    Illini Union, room C, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    Student participants will be given "recipes" to make green cleaning items and will be able to take home what they make. The event is aimed to teach students how to make environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies and give information on resources for moving out of their apartment. Sponsored by the Tenant Union.

    7:30pm: Movie "Dr. Seuss's The Lorax" 
    On The Quad (ARC Auditorium rainy day backup)


    Tuesday, April 23

    11:00am-2:00pm: Environmental Expo
    Illini Union, Courtyard Café, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    Campus Environmental groups and various activities like planter pot painting and seeds to plant

    12:00n: Center for a Sustainable Environment Director Presentation
    2311 Newmark
    William Sullivan says he gets to wake up every morning and do things he loves. Through his research, teaching, and engagement, he helps create a healthier, more sustainable world. Sullivan is Professor of Landscape Architecture and leads the Sustainability and Health laboratory at the University of Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Environment and Behavior. Sullivan is immediate Past President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and just finished 3 terms (6 years) as a member of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Science, Research, and Medicine.  He is an active member of the University’s Education Justice Project and lead the Environmental Council at Illinois from 2003 to 2008. Sullivan teaches courses on Environmental Sustainability, the Built Environment and Human Health, and Human Factors in Design. You can visit his website at: There will be pizza at 11:30.

    5:00-7:00pm: Joint Open House -- Champaign County Greenways & Trails Plan Update / Illinois Bike Transportation Plan
    Illinois Terminal City View, 4th Floor, 45 E. University Avenue, Champaign 
    CCRPC will be hosting the second public meeting for the Champaign County Greenways & Trails Plan update; and Alta Planning+Design will be present regarding the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan, which is the bicycle element of IDOT’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Stop by anytime there is no formal presentation or agenda, just stay as little or as long as you like.For more information: Web: or

    6:30pm: Your Environmental Road Trip screening - (YERT)
    University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign


    Wednesday, April 24

    11:00am-3:00pm: Biker Blender Smoothies!
    Anniversary Plaza (in between the Quad and the Union)

    11:30am-1:30pm: Building Systems Thinking on the Front Lines of Sustainability: Project-Based Teaching Approaches and an Online Data Sharing Tool
    NCSA, 1205 W. Clark, room 1040, Urbana, IL
    Systems thinking, understanding the interconnections among environmental, social and economic components, is critical to advancing progress on sustainability challenges. Developing systems thinking requires a deep understanding of the complexity of sustainability issues that can only be gained by studying real-world situations. Helping students learn how to frame open-ended, real-world projects is challenging, and doing so within the context of scattered information and data from multiple community partners is even more so. This workshop will highlight approaches, successes, and learning lessons from a two-year effort to develop interdisciplinary project-based coursework in Champaign, Chicago, and Chennai, India. An online tool called Medici, developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications for sharing diverse data and information collections, will also be demonstrated. Opportunities for future class and research projects to build upon these data and information collections in the future will be explored with participants.
    Registration is required. Lunch will be provided

    9:00-10:30pm: Benefit Concert/Open Mic Night
    Red Herring, 1209 W. Oregon, Urbana
    Featured bands include Illini Contraband, Justin Ronton, and Mischief Makers!


    Thursday, April 25

    11:00am-3:00pm: AgroEcology and Sustainable Agriculture Symposium 
    Illini Union, 1401 W. Green Street, room 314A, Urbana
    The University of Illinois Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP)
    will host a special symposium entitled "Understanding and Addressing the
    Anti-GE Critique."
    "This year we decided our annual Earth Day event would attempt to answer students' questions about GE plants. Inquiring minds want to know what all the fuss is about," said Michelle Wander, symposium organizer, ASAP director, and professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. "Some believe GE plants are essential contributors to sustainable agriculture, enabling huge gains in productivity and efficiency by preventing pest problems and alleviating the need to treat them; others see GE as a technology that concentrates control of agriculture and reduces consumer choice, making us use more resources to achieve diminishing returns. We recognize that this is a complex subject and hope many views are shared," Wander said. 
    The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but is encouraged. To register, visit Presentations will be given by four speakers followed by a panel. 

    6:00-8:00pm: Champaign-Urbana Green Initiatives Social Event
    Escobar's Restaurant, 6 E. Columbia, Champaign
    Come celebrate Earth Week with fellow earth-friendly folks. During the evening, we will hear updates on Champaign's possible bag ordinance (Councilwoman Deb Feinen), the Mahomet Aquifer Sole Source Aquifer Petition (Champaign Assistant Attorney Joe Hooker), the Urbana Climate Action Plan and other sustainability initiatives (Urbana Mayor Prussing), and the state bill to establish hydrofracking regulations (tbd).  In addition to our special-topic guests, we will also be inviting members of the Urbana and Champaign city councils and General Assembly representatives.  This is a great opportunity to meet our local policymakers and have conversations about important, local environmental issues.  Free appetizers will be provided but drinks are on your own. This event is co-sponsored by Sierra Club, Prairie Rivers Network, Faith in Place, and Audubon Society.  Hope you can join us! 

    6:30-9:30pm - CyclingSavvy Course - Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling
    Natural Resources Building, Room 101, 615 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign (Enter through South East Doors)
    Free and open to all 15 years and older, regardless of cycling experience.
    Using guided discussion along with photos, illustrations, animations and videos, this classroom course provides all the knowledge you need to drive your bike safely and confidently in traffic. Knowledge of the Law covers the legal rights and responsibilities of cyclists. Knowledge of Bicycling Safety shows that cycling is safe and that understanding the causes of bicycle crashes and how to avoid them makes cycling safer still. Knowledge of Traffic Cycling Problem Solving examines a variety of traffic cycling situations (including local video) and how a savvy cyclist negotiates them.
    For more information, see


    Friday, April 26

    12:00n: Sustainable Innovations Seminar Series "American Energy Policy and Other Funny Stories" presented by Michael Webber, University of Austin, TX
    Illini Union, room C, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by Thursday, April 18.
    This talk will share funny anecdotes and revealing conundrums from four decades of sub-optimal US energy policy.  It begins with an overview of global energy trends, with a particular focus on the history and evolving role of US energy production and consumption.  Part entertainment and part college lecture, this talk has some surprising points of view, mythbusting revelations, and fun facts scattered along the way about the dysfunctional world of modern policy-making.  It includes an overview of the latest developments in the energy sector (such as the revolution in fracking, and the recent price drops for solar panels), and closes with optimism that despite a determination by policymakers to worsen the situation, the energy outlook is quite rosy anyway.

    4:00pm: Sustainable Foods Discussion and Picnic!
    Illini Grove Shelter House
    featuring numerous U of I professors from all fields



    Center for a Sustainable Environment, Student Sustainability Committee, Student Sustainability Committee, Activites and Recreation Center, Illini Union, Facilities & Services, Grounds Division, University Housing, UI Wellness Center, Espresso Royale, Big Grove Restaurant, and the Tenant Union.

  4. Code Complance and Fire Safety Funding Meeting

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    Ryan Wild, in Code Compliance and Fire Safety, met with Morgan Johnston to review the funding parameters for this project, and identify next steps.  Morgan asked Teresa Tousignant and Nishant Makhijani, from the Student Sustainability Committee, about potential student volunteers to help locate the existing incandescent exit signs.  Ryan will work on the building surveys for the smaller buildings, and we will hold KCPA, Main Library, Beckman, Roger Adams Lab, and Chem Life Sciences Lab for potential student assistance.

  5. Raquetball Court Energy Reduction Project

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    Twelve requetball and three squash courts at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) were retrofit with 193 fluorescent and 96 mercury vapor light fixtures. The project was funded by the Student Sustainability Committee through an interest-free loan of $75,000.

    Once the lighting retrofits were completed, occpancy sensors were installed in all 15 courts.

    The overall cost of the project ended up at $61,203.69 -- $13,796.31 less than the original quote. Campus Recreation requested that the remaining balance stay with the division and be used to further fund energy reduction projects within their facilities.

    The total average reduction in power consumption is 129,226 kWh. This is a 75.7 percent decrease in consumption, which translates to an annual savings of $9,020. The simple payback for this project is 6.78 years.

  6. RLF Occupancy Sensors FY12

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    Ten buildings on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus were selected to receive RLF funding for occupancy sensors in FY12. In order from top priority to lowest priority, the buildings that received funding are Gregory Hall, the Foreign Languages Building, the Agriculture Engineering Sciences Building, Newmark Laboratory, the Rehabilitation Education Center, the Education Building, the Law Building, the Water Survey Buildings, Noyes Laboratory, and Freer Hall. The University will now proceed to implementation of occupancy sensors in all of the above buildings.

    Gregory Hall, the Foreign Languages Building, Newmark Laboratory, the Rehabilitation Education Center, Noyes Laboratory, and Freer Hall have also been selected to receive HVAC occupancy sensors.

  7. LED Exit Signage FY12

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    Twenty University buildings have been allocated RLF funding for LED exit signage in FY12. The buildings, in order of priority, are Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Auditorium, the Beckman Institute, the Main Library, Davenport Hall, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, the Education Building, the Law Building, the Animal Sciences Laboratory, Freer Hall, the Henry Administration Building, Grainger Engineering Library, the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building, Turner Hall, the Illini Union Bookstore, the Stock Pavilion, the Engineering Sciences Building, Kenney Gymnasium, the Roger Adams Laboratory, and the Chemical and Life Science Laboratory.

    Implementation of LED exit signage has already started for four of these buildings; 75 percent of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 80 percent of Foellinger Auditorium, 10 percent of Freer Hall, and 30 of the Henry Administration Building has been completed. Implementation in the remainder of the buildings is now set to begin.

  8. Animal Sciences A/C Center

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    As part of the Lighting Retrofit #5, 50 T-12 fixtures in the Animal Sciences A/C Center were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 7,884  hours. The simple payback for this project is 3.56 years.

  9. FARH Food Service

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    As part of the Housing Lighting Retrofit, 453 T-12 fixtures in FARH Residence Hall's Food Service Building were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 71,429  hours. The simple payback for this project is 2.81 years.

  10. FARH Oglesby Hall

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    As part of the Housing Lighting Retrofit, 126 T-12 fixtures in FARH Oglesby Residence Hall were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 19,868  hours. The simple payback for this project is 2.81 years.

  11. FARH Trelease Hall

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    As part of the Housing Lighting Retrofit, 110 T-12 fixtures in FARH Trelease Residence Hall were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 17,345  hours. The simple payback for this project is 2.81 years.

  12. Sherman Hall

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    As part of the Housing Lighting Retrofit, 51 T-12 fixtures in Sherman Residence Hall were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 8,042  hours. The simple payback for this project is 2.81 years.

  13. ISR Food Service

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    As part of the Housing Lighting Retrofit, 381 T-12 fixtures in ISR Residence Hall Food Service Building were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 60,076  hours. The simple payback for this project is 2.81 years.

  14. ISR Lounge

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    As part of the Housing Lighting Retrofit, 176 T-12 fixtures in ISR Residence Hall Lounge were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 27,752  hours. The simple payback for this project is 2.81 years.

  15. ISR Townsend

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    As part of the Housing Lighting Retrofit, 791 T-12 fixtures in ISR Townsend Residence Hall were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 124,725  hours. The simple payback for this project is 2.81 years.

  16. ISR Wardall

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    As part of the Housing Lighting Retrofit, 73 T-12 fixtures in ISR Wardall Residence Hall were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 11,511  hours. The simple payback for this project is 2.81 years.