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Methane Capture on Campus

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.

Wind Power on Campus

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.

Support a Ride-Matching Program

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

Encourage Ride-Sharing for Business Trips

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.

Encourage Use of Intercity Buses

UI Ride is an intercampus shuttle service connecting Urbana-Champaign and Chicago to provide an affordable, efficient, and convenient mode of transportation for the University of Illinois System faculty, staff, and students. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible and can seat up to 18 passengers. On-board amenities include free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating, a restroom, collaborative workspaces, and more.

Encourage Ride-Sharing

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. 

Indoor Bike Parking

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. 

Incentives for Biking

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.

 

Sustainability Immersive Experience

A sustainability immersive experience is an educational program that concentrates on sustainability and its three dimensions: social, economic, and environment. The University of Illinois offers several opportunities for students to explore indepth solutions to major sustainability challenges.  Some examples include Study Abroad, Learning in Community courses, or internships that focus on sustainability.  Below is an example of an immersive program offered in the College of Business. We would be delighted to include additional opportunities.  Let us know about your program!

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