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Diversity and Inclusion Center

Under the umbrella of OIIR and along with several partners throughout our community, we seek to explore the feasibility of a multifunctional space which will allow for in-depth examinations of the complex layers of diversity, equity,and inclusion. Said space will accommodate our interest in building upon existing campus conversations and knowledge generation with regard to sustainability and environmental justice.

Low-cost Inspection and Sustainable Repair of Campus Pavements

According to the U20069: Pavement Analysis Study 2020ofUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [1], out of the total pavement network(2.8 million ft2), nearly 33%(0.9 million ft2) of the campus pavements requires intervention and are in poor, very poor, serious or failed condition.This project has two principal goals: 1) low-cost inspection of campus pavements using student smartphones and drones, and 2) development of sustainable sealants to repair the identified sections of interest.


The CETACEAN project will culminate in a public performance built around an enormous marionette -a full-scale blue whale puppet suspended and “swimming” through the air of the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion. Using recycled plastic, the 100-foot-long creature will be built by local students—a haunting, crowd-sourced ghost whale.

Utility Boxes: Art and Sustainability

The project plan is meant to incorporate art with sustainability, specifically to be representative of renewable energy. The objective of painting a mural on the utility boxes would be to remind students of the urgency of the situation regarding making the switch between energy usage; as we all know it is easy to maintain "out of sight, out of mind" mentality that facilities disregarding the bigger problem. Therefore the project goal brings to the forefront the concept of renewable energy to encompass the "in sight, in mind" concept. 

HVAC and Air Quality Assessment Pilot Project

Covid has drawn our attention towards efficient building ventilation. Existing solutions are inadequate to test air quality result in safety and facility professionals operating blindly with enormous building safety, occupational health, and financial consequences at stake.We will be collaborating with a company called Safe Traces. The project intends to verify ventilation and filtration performance in indoor spaces with real-world data.

Sustainability Art Displays

One of the primary goals outlined in the Illinois Climate Action Plan is to enhance the culture of sustainability on campus and ensure that our education and outreach initiatives are accessible and visible to every campus and community member and visitor. One way to make this culture visible is through art, which is an individual vehicle of expression. Nature has always been very prevalent in art - from landscapes down in ancient Chinese ink to animals painted on the walls of Egyptian tombs.


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