The campus will implement a freeze on new buildings and building additions once current planned projects are completed. Any new space must take an existing space of equal or greater size (or of equal or greater energy usage) out of commission. Furthermore, any building retrofit will be required to “do no harm”; that is, it should not increase the energy consumption of a building—if necessary by packaging together additional energy conservation and renewables as part of a project. New building projects will be net-zero or replace an existing building.
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Illinois Path is a vision to transform the Military Axis from its current use into a landscape that incorporates prairie, savanna, a wet prairie swale, and woodland. With implementation of the Illinois Path, the University has an opportunity to explicitly link the prairie ecosystem and the richness of its soils to the early agricultural legacy of this Land-Grant University represented by the Mumford House and the Morrow Plots.
The 2015 iCAP, chapter 6, objective 3, is "Utilize landfills with methane capture." Methane is one of the worst greenhouse gases, and this university has a number of methane producers on South Farms. There are beef cows, dairy cows, sheep, pigs, horses, and chickens. One of the strategies listed in the iCAP to reduce agricultural emissions is to install a methane capture process for additional energy generation by 2020, with a pilot project by 2015.
A renewable portfolio standard, passed in 2007, has supported wind power in Illinois, which required 10% renewable energy from electric companies in 2010 and 25% by 2025. At the end of 2011, Illinois had 2743 megawatts (MW) of wind power installed. Illinois has the potential for installing up to 10,000 MW of wind generation capacity; in 2009, it ranked sixth among states for installed wind turbine capacity.
In order to connect commuters with other commuters traveling from the same origin to campus, or from campus to the same destination, the University should provide a ride-matching program. Before this internet, there was a car-pool board on a wall in the Illini Union. Now, there are simple electronic tools for finding ride sharing partners. However, there is a need to be careful about who you select as a ride sharing contact. There are numerous programs that utilize social media to help review potential ridesharing partners before contacting them to share a ride. The campus needs to ide
Ride-sharing for business trips is a common solution for limited travel budgets. There is a natural implementation of ride-sharing when there are multiple staff traveling to the same destination at the same time. However, the University needs to encourage ride-sharing for employees from different origin locations and it needs to offer a solution for finding the rides available for car pooling.
Ride sharing is a form of transportation that uses a motor vehicle with more than one single occupant. Many transportation emissions are due to the high frequency of Single-Occupancy-Vehicle (SOV) trips. By sharing a ride with even one more person, via carpool or vanpool, the emissions from your trips are cut in half (one vehicle going 15 miles, compared with two vehicles going 15 miles each). This system is very cost effective, but it is less convenient to the typical campus commuter than driving a personal SOV. Therefore, campus should encourage ride sharing.
The University is exploring options to provide indoor storage for bicycles, both for regular daily use by cyclists, and for long-term storage options for students leaving on break. Currently University policies restrict campus buildings from allowing bicycles indoors, so these efforts will require policy changes as well as physical changes to create a safe and protected space indoors for bicycles.
As the University is committed to reducing automobile traffic in the campus core to reduce emissions and increase pedestrian safety, incentives and benefits for bicycling will assist with this goal. To encourage more people to ride a bike to campus, programs could be implemented.
The Turner Hall greenhouses can use a new and improved system for cooling that reduces the water usage. Such a system was installated previously in one of the greenhouse rooms and the Student Sustainability Committee is is considering funding additional installations.