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Geothermal at President's House

The President’s House is provided to the University of Illinois President and their family. This home is used as a family home and for formal events each year including the President’s and Chancellor’s Reception following campus-wide graduation for graduates, candidates, and their families. This building is maintained by Facilities & Services with power supplied through the campus grid. A feasibility study for geothermal installation was completed. This site is a good candidate for geothermal energy.

Use Clean Power

The iCAP 2020 objective 2.3.1 is to "Use at least 140,000 MWh/year of clean power by FY25." This objective is about clean power, which is different from clean thermal energy. The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is F&S.

As of 2020, there are three types of clean power options being pursued or used on campus.


Toted aims to combat textile and plastic waste by collecting fabric scraps and plastic bags from the Champaign-Urbana community. Our team will then create tote bags using the fabric scraps, and line the inside of these bags with plastic, making the tote bag waterproof. Toted intends to use the plastic bags collected by iCAP to create the waterproof lining for our products.

Preventing window-strike bird fatalities with energy efficient window decals

According to a recent study published in Science this past year, nearly one quarter of North America’s total migratory bird population has been lost since 1970 (doi: 10.1126/science.aaw1313). Window strikes are the second leading cause of death of migratory birds, accounting for about 500-900 million deaths each year. Champaign-Urbana, IL is situated along the Mississippi Flyway, a major migratory route, making it a crucial highly trafficked waypoint for migrating birds.

Tomato Processing and Packaging

The goal of the Illinois Sustainable Food Project (ISFP) is to further collaboration between the production activities of the Sustainable Student Farm (SSF); the teaching, research, and outreach activities at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Pilot Processing Plant (FSHN-PPP); and University Housing Dining Services' goal of increasing procurement of locally grown foods. This project supported the procurement of key equipment necessary for processing tomatoes and other produce into purees and sauces at large scale for use in commercial food applications. 

Provide incentives for sustainability education

Several opportunities have been identified to integrate sustainability into the University’s educational mission, including a preliminary set of learning outcomes requiring each graduating student to obtain a core competency on sustainability. These competencies, such as knowledge of how food, water, energy, and material goods affect human societies and ecosystems, are designed to prepare students for leadership roles as society prepares for the climate challenge.


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