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Carbon Offsets for Major Users

One of the long-term energy commitments set forth in the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan was to impose charges for the purchase of renewable energy for facilities that use massive amounts of energy. The National Petascale Computing Facility is the only current facility that falls into this catagory. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds the energy use of the facility. The University plans to impost charges on the NSF for the cost of renewable energy in the next contract negotiations.  

Incorporate Carbon Costs of Food

One of the strategies discussed in the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan, within the Agriculture theme, was to incorporate carbon costs into food products sold on campus. Incorporating carbon costs into food prices would incentivize the use of local or more sustainable products. This would help the University reach its target of reducing directly related agricultural emissions by 50 percent by 2020.

Surplus Catalog

One of the strategies set forth in the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan under Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling theme was to develop a durable goods reuse cataloguing system. Such a system would allow an simple and clear process for reuse of durable goods. Properly carried out, this would reduce purchasing and waste at the University.

State Laws for Non-Potable Water

According to the 2010 iCAP, non-potable sources of water will utilized when appropriate, including connecting the existing raw water system by 2020. Such sources of non-potable water include untreated raw water, sump pump discharge, cooling tower wastewater, stormwater, and greywater. Before utilizing such sources, the University must conduct research to understand how non-potable water may be used within the constraints of the Illinois state laws.

Option for Bikes in Buildings

The Facility Standards for campus do not permit bicycles to be brought into buildings.  This is due to the impact on maintenance required for interior spaces when bicycles are brought into hallways, stairwells, and individual rooms.  However, there is a need for sheltered bicycle parking during winter months. 

The F&S Pilot program will inform future efforts for indoor bike parking for buildings on campus. 

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