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  1. IBI team considering trailer for equipment location

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    Amanda Lietz met with Stephanie Lage and Morgan Johnston to discuss the next steps for the Illinois Biodiesel Initiative (IBI).  They are looking into the possibility of purchasing an all-inclusive bioreactor trailer which would handle the entire reaction needed to change the waste vegetable oil into biodiesel and soap.  The IBI students are going to identify the exact trailer specifications they are looking for and work with F&S to identify an appropriate location for the trailer.

  2. Six proposals received and being reviewed

    The Sustainability Fellows program has received six formal proposals for FY14.  These are being reviewed and evaluated, then the Chancellor will select the FY14 Sustainability Fellow recipients.  The Fellows will be announced at the Sustainability Symposium on April 22, at 2pm in the Illini Union, Rooms A and B.

  3. Illini Hall

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    As part of the Lighting Retrofit #5, 610 T-12 fixtures in Illini Hall were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 96,185 hours. The simple payback for this project is 3.56 years.

  4. Prairie Zone Signs Installed

    Signs have been installed at the prairie plot on the corner of Florida Avenue and Orchard Street. These signs announce the designation of this area as a Prairie Zone. The signs also list the benefits of planting native vegetation-- which increases the habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife, saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions by not using mowers, promotes sustainable landscapes and beautifies the campus, and provides an environment for scientific observation. The signs are funded by the Student Sustainability Committee.

  5. Batteries Update

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    SECS recieved funding from SSC for single-use battery recycling at the Union. 

    Reportedly, "The old student program at the Union collected 1600 pounds of batteries from April 2010 to February 2011 before it was suspended."

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  6. Hydrologic Synthesis Research

    Two intensive summer institutes and a variety of other activities were conducted from 2007-2011 by Dr. Murugesu Sivapalan and a group of colleagues, which resulted in over 60 publications and two journal special sections.

    Graduate students and faculty members in this group research subjects related to “hydrologic synthesis.” The group used a patterns-based approach to make conclusions about advancing the predictability of human-induced change propagation through the hydrologic system.

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  7. SAIC Report in the iCAP: Other HVAC

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    This category includes conversion from constant air volume reheat to variable air volume, eliminating summer steam usage (reheat), heat recovery, variable speed drives for fans and pumps, and steam system maintenance (including trap replacement and pipe insulation). The target for other HVAC is 12.5 percent.

  8. SAIC Report in the iCAP: Behavioral Changes and Incentives

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    Although the SAIC report describes the potential energy savings from behavioral changes in its section on metering, it does not include it in its analysis. The University believes a well designed incentive and education program can reduce campus energy consumption by at least 5 percent. Such a program should seek to ensure that cost savings from energy conservation measures benefit building users (e.g. “energy rebates” to students in high-performing departments, or energy-driven reductions in overhead rates for faculty). In addition, adding real-time energy displays in campus buildings and via electronic media can help promote awareness and incentive for improvement. Many buildings have limited or no control over their thermostat settings. However, the departments that occupy these spaces do get a substantial influence in setting building temperatures and enacting more reasonable settings. This will require behavioral change from the academic units and the building occupants. The target for behavioral changes is 5 percent.