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Fighting Illini, Fighting Waste

In coordination with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment; Facilities & Services; and Coca-Cola, the university is pursuing a concerted effort to increase recycling and reduce waste at athletic events. Fighting Illini, Fighting Waste is a high-visibility, evergreen campaign concept formed at the university's weekly sustainability calls with Coca-Cola.

"Don't Waste" with Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is partnering with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on a "Don't Waste" campaign to bring recycling and waste awareness to campus. The company is partnering with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, University Housing, the Illini Union, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, F&S, and others to keep plastic and metal drink containers out of the campus waste stream.

Addressing Community Health Disparities from Hazardous Waste

Funded in early 2022, this project seeks to develop a network of academic researchers and social justice organizers to empower communities of color to address health disparities rooted in systemic racism. It will target communities affected by hazardous waste from former manufactured gas plants (MGPs), using a neighborhood in Champaign, Ill., as a living lab. 

Drinking Water Survey

A water bottle/drinking water survey will be conducted to help understand the behaviors and actions of individuals related to drinking water on campus. By understanding why people make choices to purchase bottled water, for example, we aim to develop initiatives that will encourage sustainable actions (e.g., utilizing water fountains and reusable bottles). 

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.


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