Attached are the meeting minutes from the Zero Waste SWATeam on 12/18/2020. The following agenda items were discussed:
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Projects at this location
The AFRI Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are:
|Water Research Grants||
EPA funds water research grants to develop and support the science and tools necessary to develop sustainable solutions to 21st century water resource problems, ensuring water quality and availability in order to protect human and ecosystem health.
|Ecosystem Research Grants||
EPA funds ecosystems research grants to protect ecosystems and the air and water resources that provide numerous benefits for humans and other living things.
|U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)||
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center helps solve the nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and the Nation’s public good.
SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program. Solicitations seeks proposals for basic and applied research, and advanced technology development, or to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. Submissions must be in response to the Statement of Need which covers the following topics in FY 2018: Environmental restoration, Resource conservation and resiliency
|Urban Water Small Grants||
EPA’s Urban Waters Program helps local residents and their organizations restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization.
|Training and Technical Assistance for Small Water Systems||
The funding will help provide water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities.
|Pollution Prevention (P2)||
This program funds grants/cooperative agreements that implement pollution prevention technical assistance services and/or training for businesses and support projects that utilize pollution prevention techniques to reduce and/or eliminate pollution from air, water and/or land.
|Extreme Events: Preparedness, Planning, and Adaptation Within the Water Sector||
Focused on developing strategies for increasing community resilience in U.S. towns, municipalities or small cities planning for the impacts of extreme precipitation events (too much or too little water) on their civilian population.
|National Competitive Grants Program||
This competitive grant program focus on: “water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary (of the Interior) and the (water resources research) institutes.”
|Illinois Water Resources Center - Annual Small Grants||
Annual Small Grants are competitively awarded to Illinois graduate students and their project advisors. Approximately $40,000 is available each year for research focused on agricultural land use, wetland restoration, water quality, stormwater management, emerging contaminants, and other key water resource issues.
WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants provide cost-shared funding for projects that save water; increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in water management; support environmental benefits (i.e., make conserved water available instream or otherwise address endangered species issues); mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply sustainability in the western United States
|Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)||
The Office of Land and Emergency Management provides policy, guidance and direction for the Agency's emergency response and waste programs
Opportunities for funding may be found under the following programs within The Catalog of Federal Assistance (CFDA)
The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery.
|Building Technologies Office||
The Building Technologies office leads a network of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy saving solutions in building design. Some of the relevant programs under the Building Technologies office include
|Food Waste Reduction||
This guide from the USDA Rural Development agency highlights the various ways the agency provides funding and support for food loss and waste reduction, reuse and composting.
|Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM)||
SAEM aims to enable sustainable buildings and other structures that can be continuously occupied and/or operated during the structure’s useful life. The SAEM program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering and materials that promotes a holistic approach to analysis and design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, and repair of structures.
|Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)||
CIS supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged.
|Prediction and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS)||
This program seeks projects that will
|Recycling Bins Pilot at Ikenberry||
A project is planned for March to evaluate a new outdoor recycling station in comparison to existing bins with revised signage. Housing has the station located inside the entrance of Ikenberry Commons. For the project, that station will be placed outside along the North entrance, directly across from the existing bins. After one week, waste audits will be conducted on both stations, the stations will then reversed, and the experiment will run for another week. The project looks to compare the recycling and contamination rates of the two station types.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign participates in Kimberly-Clark’s RightCycle Program. Campus facilities can keep disposable gloves out of the landfill to be recycled into useful plastic products.
Participation Makes a Difference
The Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (SDRP), constructed in 2010, was built to LEED silver certification, but continued improvements to the facility could enhance its green capabilities even further. The lighting system at SDRP has been identified as an area in which minor upgrades could be very beneficial to supporting the energy reduction goals of the iCAP.
EnviroPure is a food waste elimination system that is a self-contained unit that can be continually fed food waste and dispose the waste. The system is designed to solve the environmental, operations, and economic issues associated with the disposal of food waste. The unit keeps optimal temperatures and oxygen levels for aerobic decomposition to take place more quickly. This results in a complete elimination of food waste without odors, sludge build-up, and system clean out requirements.
|Nugent Hall: LEED Silver||
Nugent Hall (the Champaign Housing Residence Halls Phase A) was awarded the LEED Silver Certification on January 20, 2011. Nugent received 34 of the 69 possible points on the LEED Scorecard. The construction was especially strong in the Indoor Environmental Quality, receiving 13 of the 15 possible points in that area. Nagle Hartray was selected as the Architect of Record in order to ease the transition in the unusual project delivery approach.
|Ikenberry Dining Hall: LEED Silver||
The Ikenberry Commons Dining Hall was awarded the LEED Silver Certification on August 17, 2011. The dining hall received 34 of the 69 possible points on the LEED Scorecard. Energy saving features of the facility include recycled content in 20 percent of the materials used to construct the building; water-efficient plumbing fixtures; energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling; low-VOC paints, coatings, and sealants; and a white reflective roof that reduces the need for cooling.
|Sustainable Agricultural Practices||
A goal for the University of Illinois’ campus, as set forth by the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan, is to reduce directly related agricultural emissions by 50 percent by 2020. In order to complete this goal, the campus must shift to more sustainable agricultural and animal production practices. Areas that need improvement include reductions in food waste and the energy required for food processing, preparation, and transportation.
- Building Technologies Office
- Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)
- Ecosystem Research Grants
- Environmental Engineering
- Extreme Events: Preparedness, Planning, and Adaptation Within the Water Sector
- Food Waste Reduction
- Foundational Program
- Glove Recycling
- Ikenberry Dining Hall: LEED Silver
- Illinois Water Resources Center - Annual Small Grants
- National Competitive Grants Program
- Nugent Hall: LEED Silver
- Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)
- Pollution Prevention (P2)
- Prediction and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS)
- Recycling Bins Pilot at Ikenberry
- SDRP Lighting
- Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM)
- Sustainable Agricultural Practices
- Training and Technical Assistance for Small Water Systems
- Urban Water Small Grants
- U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
- Water Research Grants
- WaterSMART Grants