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  1. High Tunnels

    Associated Project(s): 

    The Student Sustainable Farm began using high tunnels, which allow for year-round production. The farm will begin with salad greens, leaf lettuce, and braising greens.

  2. Davenport Hall

    Associated Project(s): 

    A total of 2,030 lighting fixtures in Davenport Hall were changed from T-12 fixtures to T-8 fixtures as part of the ICECF Lighting Retrofit. This will allow an Annual kWh Savings of 363,141 hours. The Simple Payback for changing the fixtures in Davenport Hall is 1.36 years.

  3. Freer Hall

    Associated Project(s): 

    A total of 629 lighting fixtures in Freer Hall were changed from T-12 fixtures to T-8 fixtures as part of the ICECF Lighting Retrofit. This will allow an Annual kWh Savings of 100,595 hours. The Simple Payback for changing the fixtures in Freer Hall is 2.49 years.

  4. Natural History Building

    Associated Project(s): 

    A total of 2,153 lighting fixtures in the Natural History Building were changed from T-12 fixtures to T-8 fixtures as part of the ICECF Lighting Retrofit. This will allow an Annual kWh Savings of 345,994 hours. The Simple Payback for changing the fixtures in the Natural History Building is 2.37 years.

  5. Funding for employee from F&S Executive Director

    Associated Project(s): 

    This afternoon, I verified with Jack Dempsey that he is still willing to fund a 900-HR extra-help employee for the first year of the new Campus Bike Project.  The employee will be paid $12.00 per hour for 900 hours, so the full cost is $10,800. - Morgan Johnston

  6. Main Library (6th Stack)

    Associated Project(s): 

    A total of 379 lighting fixtures in the Main Library (6th Stack) were changed from T-12 fixtures to T-8 fixtures as part of the ICECF Lighting Retrofit. This will allow an Annual kWh Savings of 55,547 hours. The Simple Payback for changing the fixtures in the Main Library (6th Stack) is 6.66 years.

  7. Turner Student Services Building

    Associated Project(s): 

    As part of the ICECF 2009 Lighting Retrofit, 628 T-12 fixtures in the Turner Student Services Building were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 99,474 hours. The simple payback for this project is 2 years.

  8. Wohlers Hall

    Associated Project(s): 

    As part of the ICECF 2009 Lighting Retrofit, 1,071 T-12 fixtures in the Wohlers Hall were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 168,358 hours. The simple payback for this project is 0.83 years.

  9. Illinois Farm Sustainability Calculator

    Associated Project(s): 

    Is your farm sustainable?  How can you make your farm sustainable?  The Illinois Farm Sustainability Calculator can help you figure out these things out.  And it's pretty easy to use.  See the list of tabs on the bottom of your screen?  Navigate through them by using the grey buttons at the top of the sheets or by hitting ctrl+page down (cmd+page down on macs)  In each sheet, fill each white box with data from your farm.  Be sure to make a selection in all of the white drop-down boxes too.  If you don't know something, leave the default number or the default selection in place.  If your farm does not have ten separate fields, leave the extra field sheets unchanged.  Same goes for any extra ruminant, swine, and poultry sheets.

  10. Foreign Language Building

    Associated Project(s): 

    A total of 2,694 lighting fixtures in the Foreign Language Building were changed from T-12 fixtures to T-8 fixtures as part of the ICECF Lighting Retrofit. This will allow an Annual kWh Savings of 424,790 hours. The Simple Payback for changing the fixtures in the Foreign Language Building is 3.06 years. Occupancy sensors were also installed in this facility for further energy savings.

  11. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Associated Project(s): 

    A total of 1,090 lighting fixtures in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts were changed from T-12 fixtures to T-8 fixtures as part of the ICECF Lighting Retrofit. This will allow an Annual kWh Savings of 171,871 hours. The Simple Payback for changing the fixtures in the Krannert Center is 2.26  years.

  12. Creation of the Campus Bicycle Shop

    Associated Project(s): 

    In spring of 2009, discussions began between the University of Illinois and The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, regarding an on-campus bicycle shop.  Fred Davidson, Joel Gillespie, and Tony Cherolis were key representatives of The Bike Project.  Morgan Johnston, Steve Veazie, and Jeff Courson were key representatives of the UI.  The files attached here represent some of the effort that initiated this program.

    The original shop was called the Campus Bike Project.

  13. Dairy Cattle Composting Facility study

    Associated Project(s): 

    Previous composting study “U08067 Dairy Cattle Composting Facility” reviewed options for full scale complete composting of animal, food, agriculture, and landscape waste.  Study was cancelled before completion because ACES ran into budget issues and the whole Dairy program was slated for potential reduction or elimination.

  14. Prairie Restoration at Florida & Orchard Funding Agreement

    This proposal looks to restore the no-mow zone at the southwest corner of Florida Ave. and Orchard St., as the campus’ first prairie planting. It will provide a site for an array of learning and passive recreation opportunities for both students and members of the extended community, while sequestering greenhouse gases as tangible evidence of the campus commitment to responsible sustainable behavior. Thus, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding the fully requested amount of $40,000.

  15. Vet-Med Prairie Funding Agreement

    The goal of this project would to be to plant a tallgrass prairie garden that mimics the natural prairie growth of Illinois.  The garden would go in two locations front of the Basic Sciences Building and be about 10200 sq ft.  The garden would consist of 40-50 different plants and consist of around 10000 seedlings. This project will create an area of native habitat on our campus, help educate and engage students about the prairie landscape, integrate with educational opportunities and serve as a pilot for future initiatives of this kind. Therefore, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding the project for $21,700.

  16. Student Farm Local Foods Funding Agreement

    The goal of this project is to start a student-operated farm that produces significant quantities of fruits and vegetables for use in the University food service operations. The operation of such a farm will be of significant educational value, reduce carbon emissions associated with food production and transportation as well as be of value to Extension programs. Additionally, this project furthers the university’s role as a land grant institution. Thus, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding the full requested amount of $50,000.

  17. Solar Decathlon 2009 Funding Agreement

    This proposal seeks to provide funding for student education centered around the University of Illinois’s participation in the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition. Each student team participating in this prestigious, international competition is required to build an entirely solar-powered 800 sq. foot house with innovative design features. This grant will provide funds for the development of new courses and enhancement of existing courses, provisioning of course materials and software, and the sponsorship of guest lecturers and consultants ($25,000), the employment of graduate students in coordinating roles for education and volunteer engagement activities ($15,000), and student travel associated with the competition ($10,000). The last UI entry in the Solar Decathlon competition engaged hundreds of students and was the highest-placed US finisher in the Competition; furthermore this participation will require the team to raise $700,000 at a time of severe campus budget constraints. Thus, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding this proposal in the amount of $50,000.

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