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Second Nature Climate Leadership Award (In Progress)

Project History

  • 3/30/2012

    The Climate Leadership Award video was completed and is now in the voting stage.  At the end of March, we had about 650 votes. 

  • 3/2/2012

    The Office of Sustainability collaborated with Public Affairs to develop and create a Climate Leadership Video.  The video included Chancellor Phyllis Wise, Professor Madhu Viswanathan, F&S Waste Management Coordinator Tracy Osby, and Student

Description

In late 2011, the Office of Sustainability  submitted an application for the University of Illinois to the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards program. Illinois was selected as a finalist and was requested to make a video showcasing sustainability efforts at the University. Illinois faculty, staff, and students expressed great pride for the video, which received the most votes (2,038) for Illinois' Carnegie classification.

This video is an entry in a contest we've launched with Second Nature's Climate Leadership Awards. 

Background

As the first Big Ten university to submit its Climate Action Plan (iCAP) to the ACUPCC, Illinois continues to set high standards with aggressive goals for reaching carbon neutrality. Campus leadership is committed to exceeding these goals and is on target due to significant progress toward interim goals.

On Target to Exceed Goals

With support of senior leadership, Illinois' energy reduction goal in the iCAP is a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2015 using a fiscal year 2008 baseline. Conservation efforts have led to a 19% reduction to date, only 1% shy of the 2015 goal. The energy use emissions reduction goal is 15% by fiscal year 2015, and campus has already achieved a 16% reduction; again exceeding our goals years in advance.

Illinois' significant investments toward sustainability efforts in the past four years include more than $19 million in local funds and $6.5 million in grant funds. These investments have realized approximately $12 million in energy savings so far. Through collaboration and contributions from both campus administration and the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC), Illinois created a revolving loan fund totaling $1.5 million.

The campus' water conservation goal is a 20% reduction by 2015. Using a 2008 baseline, campus is well on its way with a 16% reduction with four years to go.

The iCAP also committed Illinois to higher building standards by increasing from LEED Silver to LEED Gold in 2010, and in 2015 our standard will be LEED Platinum. Presently, the campus has one Platinum building, one Gold, and two Silver.

Student Commitment

Illinois is home to many passionate students. Our students voted for the largest green student fees in America. The two fees equal $17 per student per semester providing more than $1 million annually for sustainability projects. The SSC is responsible for reviewing and recommending funding for campus projects from these fees.

Education

Sustainability education can be found across many disciplines at Illinois; more than 250 courses related to sustainability are offered through 43 different departments on campus. The Office of Sustainability organizes an annual curriculum workshop. So far 35 instructors from many different disciplines have participated in these workshops. The modifications to their courses will reach 6,500 students per year. The campus goal is that every Illinois graduate should know about sustainability.

Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Stephanie Lage

    Team Members:

    • Morgan Johnston
    • Chris Lukeman
    • Todd Wilson
    • Shelley Mix
    • Anne Lukeman

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