The Resilience iCAP Team had its first online meeting of the year on Friday, September 9th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM. The team reviewed the Resilience Charge Letter, talked about ground rules of the team, reviewed seven Resilience iCAP objectives, and shared updates on each objective. Meeting minutes and ground rules documents are attached.
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Projects Updates for key objective: 8.5 Inventory Green Jobs
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On Tuesday, November 30th, the Resilience iCAP Team had their final meeting of the semester. The team discussed updates on projects such as the Green Jobs Certification Inventory and potential plans for Carbon Offsets. Meeting minutes are attached.Attached Files:
Sustainability & Green Job Certification examples have now been included on the Institute for Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment (iSEE) Education Portal website. Scroll down on the page to find and review Professional Certification Programs. This list can be used to inspire and provide insight into green careers. Green Job Certification Topics include:
Buildings & Energy
Environmentalism & Advocacy
Climate Change and Sustainability Professionals, Business, Reporting
Outdoors, Gardening, Wildlife, Natural Resources
A downloadable Excel file titled "Job Certifications" provides additional detail about these certifications and these careers.
Stacy Gloss and Meredith Moore met with Amanda Cox and Samantha Potempa from University Career Services to discuss how to connect students to Green Jobs and Green Job Certifications. Career Services staff described the services provided for students. Career Services across campus are distributed between the Colleges and students can meet with the central Career Services group or academic & career advisors in the College of their major. Career Services can provide presentations to both classrooms and RSO student groups. Trained peer career advisors can give presentations on interviewing, resume writing, Linked-in profiles and personal statements. A Career Services Council meets on a quarterly basis to discuss current issues and affairs. iSEE can have a representative join the Career Services Council.
Additional resources for students include:
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Stacy Gloss, Meredith Moore, Morgan White, and Scott Tess met to discuss Resilience Team work.
- NGICP presentation scheduled for December 10 with presentations by Heidi Leuzler and Eliana Brown
- NGICP SSC Step II Application to be submitted 11/19/21
- Carbon Offset Program development. Discussed that "local" for this objective means within boundaries of Champaign County. Next questions to answer are: Why, What, How for developing a local carbon offset program.
Present: Tony Mancuso, Meredith Moore, Eric Green, & Stacy Gloss
A meeting was held to discuss student engagement, green jobs, and career planning.
Agenda items included:
1) Possible potential for interviewing iSEE Fellows Minor Grads about their current careers - involving the communications department.
2) Possible idea for introducing a mentoring program. The idea is to have iSEE fellows grads who are settled into careers serve as mentors for undergraduate fellows in the minor. A program like this would need to have more intentional development and administrative support.
3) Getting green jobs certifications information onto the iSEE website under the Education Portal https://sustainability.illinois.edu/education/student-resources/.
Stacy & Tony will work on this.
On Wednesday, November 3rd the Resilience iCAP Team had their third meeting of the semester. The team discussed updates on projects such as the Green Jobs Certification Inventory and Vision Zero. Meeting minutes are attached.Attached Files:
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Resilience Meeting Notes 10/15/2021 for meeting between Stacy Gloss, Meredith Moore, and Morgan White
- We discussed ideas for the Design for America RSO project on Environmental Justice. Stacy will set up a meeting with D for A RSO students to discuss potential project topics and request a 1/2 page - 1 page project idea back to us for approval/revisions. The project might cover an environmental justice topic and be worked on from now through May. We will request that the complete project be designed to be presented in the late Spring, and the results go beyond educational/informational and lead to an initiative of some kind.
- Stacy provided a progress update on Resilience iCAP objectives.
- Green Certifications Inventory. Stacy will present this for comment at the next resilience ICAP meeting
- NGICP exploration
- Stacy will submit SSC proposal to support a pilot program for F&S staff to receive NGICP training at Parkland. The project will evaluate the benefits and decide whether to adopt having more or all campus grounds workers take the training later.
- Stacy will request Heidi and Eliana present at a (future proposed) joint meeting of the land/water use and resilience committee about the NGICP program and benefits
- Coordinated rainwater planning
- Morgan said that she recently had a conversation with a director at Sanitary District who asked for campus to become more involved with watershed management through a watershed working group, which is different than MS4 compliance.
- Morgan also requested that Stacy involve Eliana Brown more in coordinated rainwater planning for future meetings
- Stacy will attend the stormwater management organization’s conference on Oct. 20.
- Sustainability leadership topics – plan for Stacy to present these at next resilience ICAP meeting
- Vision Zero Discussion
- Stacy will submit a white paper on next steps for Vision Zero on Campus late next week.
- Stacy and Sarthak will meet with a professor who supports / advocates for Vision Zero next week.
- We discussed who would need to be involved for approval and planning of a Traffic Garden, Stacy will report back to Sarthak on this subject.
Present: Stacy Gloss and Eric Green
8.5 [iSEE] By FY23, collaborate with colleges and community groups to inventory existing certification opportunities for green jobs and identify gaps.
- Review findings from student research about green job opportunities
- Assist iSEE staff to complete this inventory
- Deliverable: provide inventory content to iSEE communications team by 1/31/22
- Deliverable: update iCAP Portal inventory page with link to iSEE page by 3/15/22
Stacy and Eric discussed a wide range of topics related to green jobs including the background and tasks related to iSEE 8.5. Connection was made that Objective 8.5 is linked by category of “green jobs” to:
iCAP Objective 6.4 - “Develop a sustainability internship program through partnering with businesses, nonprofits, local government, and cultural institutions in Central Illinois. The total number of internships awarded will be reported each year.” The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is iSEE. Progress is tracked in the iCAP Portal project page for the Sustainability Internship Program
iCAP Objective 6.5 ““Partner with The Career Center and potentially other career offices in FY22 to help students explore and discover career opportunities that are connected to professional interests and goals related to sustainability. Incorporate a sustainability component at a minimum of two events beginning in FY22.” The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is Career Center with the support of iSEE. Progress is tracked in the iCAP Portal project page for Sustainability at Career Fairs.”
In Spring 2021, Carissa Mysliwiec was as ENVS 491: Campus Sustainability Intern who worked with instructor Eric Green to focus on designing a sustainability internship program as part of Objective 6.4.
In our discussion we talked about high-level barriers to internship programs:
- Interns need significant guidance
- Pay is an issue, who will pay $3,000 - $4,000 for a summer intern?
- Businesses don’t always identify sustainability needs
We also discussed the challenges of identifying green jobs for the purposes of a creating a green-jobs fair or a sustainable jobs fair. What identifies green jobs? This topic should be explored further. Talk to SECS, perhaps? How are students defining green jobs today?
During the conversation Stacy pitched an entry-level paid program (post-graduation internship?) to be staffed for 1-2 years by recent graduates to help organizations build capacity, set targets and meet goals. This would be full-time work in lower-level/entry-level positions that serve as a spring board to sustainability careers.
Stacy presented a Green Certifications Excel document she started working on. Next steps would be to ask for campus & community input to answer questions such as: Are these certifications offered here @UIUC or locally? Who from campus is involved, can be a contact, or serve as a resource? What kind of jobs do people get with the certifications? Who hires locally? How do we prevent locally trained folks from leaving, what incentives are there to stay once advanced certifications are achieved?
Eric will see if there are any students that might want to do some of the legwork involved in bolstering the green certifications list.
We'll stay in touch and set up a meeting for about a month from now.
From: Liv Clafford
My name is Liv and I’m with the University of Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Campus Action club. Illinois PIRG Campus Action is a student activist group working on important issues on campus like environmental protection, college affordability, non-partisan voter registration, and more!
This semester, we have in-person and virtual, internship and volunteer opportunities for students to learn valuable organizing skills and make a real difference in our community.
Can we make a quick 5 minute announcement in your class next week? Please let us know if we are able to do this in person or virtually.
For the past 40 years we have been working on college campuses to amplify the power of student activism. We know students want to make a difference on important issues like banning single use plastics or making college more affordable.
We’re looking for students who are passionate about these issues and want to put their knowledge into action. We work with student interns and train them to run effective, strategic campaigns.
If we are not able to make an announcement, can you send the information below to your students?
Thanks so much for the help!
lclafford at illinoispirgstudents.org
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East Central Illinois workNet now has a big presence at Market Place Shopping Center, with hall standees and table tent displays in the Food Court promoting the program. You will also be seeing information about our services on MTD buses in the coming weeks.
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The Resilience Team met on Wednesday, Jan. 27th for their first meeting of the Spring semester. Our clerk, Kimmy, proposed changes to our iCAP portal theme page and received comments from all team members. The Biodiversity Plan recommendation is in the final steps of gathering approval from every team member and will likely be submitted to the iWG this month. Lastly, the team had a brainstorming session for how to identify existing green jobs infrastructure and how to coordinate our environmental justice efforts with the community -- specifically the Sustainability Advisory Commission for the City of Urbana.
Agenda, meeting minutes, and chat log are attached.
Under the leadership of Professor Evan DeLucia, the Center for a Sustainable Environment is transitioning to the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE). The News-Gazette wrote a great article covering the transition and the goals of the new organization (see file).
We are pleased to inform you that Prof. Evan DeLucia will become the first director of the Center for a Sustainable Environment, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
Prof. DeLucia brings a record of exceptional scholarship and a wealth of administrative experience to the new center. The G. William Arends Professor of Biology and the director of the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Prof. DeLucia joined the faculty at Illinois in 1986. He was the founding director of the program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and has served as the head of the department of Plant Biology.
Illinois is uniquely poised to address the issue of environmental sustainability - and the Center for a Sustainable Environment will enhance our institutional capacity to do so. Prof. DeLucia will work with the many individuals, teams, and campus organizations involved in sustainability work on our campus to create the institutional structure to increase our impact and raise our profile as a leader in this area. These efforts will build on the campus strengths in sustainability, energy, and the environment that were so clearly identified in the Visioning Future Excellence process.
Prof. DeLucia's research interests strongly align with the vision for the Center. He studies the responses of forest and agro-ecosystems to elevated carbon dioxide and other elements of global change. He uses ecological, physiological and genomic approaches to understand how global change affects the carbon cycle and the trophic dynamics between plants and insects. His work has been well-funded by both government and industry.
Prof. DeLucia is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of multiple other professional societies. He received a B.A. from Bennington College, an M.F.S. in forest ecology from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in plant ecology and physiology from Duke University.
Please join us in welcoming Prof. Delucia to this new role.
EATING LOCAL MEANS CHOOSING FOODS THAT ARE GROWN WITHIN A 100 MILE RADIUS OF
WHERE YOU CONSUME IT.
IT’S JUST BETTER!
Looks, Tastes, and Nutritionally better because it is in season always and picked at ripeness. It even has a longer shelf life.
SUPPORTS LOCAL FARMERS & ECONOMY!
$$$ goes through fewer hands and tends to get to the people who grew it. At times by as much as 90% if purchased directly from local farmers.
HELPS SAVE THE PLANET!
Reduces the carbon footprint of our foods by using:
-LESS gas for transportation
-LESS electricity for refrigeration
-NO waste from packaging
The average grocery store's produce travels nearly 1,500 miles between the farm where it was grown and your refrigerator.
Housing & Dining
The Dining Services Division of University Housing has made great strides in sustainable practices. They purchase local foods, have implemented trayless dining, and donate 100% of its waste vegetable oil to the biodiesel project. In addition, they have recently been recognized for sustainable cleaning practices. Their newest facility, the Student Dining and Residential Programs building, is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
In June 2008, our Chancellor directed a 10% cut in per square foot energy use (download as pdf) to be achieved over the next three years using fiscal year 2007 as the base year. The campus far exceeded this goal with a 17% reduction in three years! Further, the iCAP commits our campus to a 40% energy reduction by 2025.
There are many efforts underway on the Urbana-Champaign campus to reduce our energy consumption. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has repaired, replaced, or upgraded utility meters in approximately 85 campus buildings through a series of projects. As a result, dependable utility metering exists in campus buildings comprising 90% of the annual energy consumption. In addition, Facilities & Services employs a retrocommissioning team that has completed over 4 million square feet of space, resulting in an average of 26% energy reduction per building. Also, there is a major lighting retrofit project underway that has updated over 85,000 light fixtures, with a goal of replacing all fixtures by May 2012.
Real and lasting change will come as a result of personal responsibility. Please check out the following links to see how you can help.
Energy Use Policy (pdf)
The Waste Transfer Station recycles or diverts from land fill nearly 50% of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign waste. In fiscal year 2009, the Waste Transfer Station recycled 1852 tons of paper and cardboard, 38 tons of aluminum cans, 899 tons of scrap metal, 38 tons of plastic, 1300 tons of landscape waste and 325 tons of pallets. In addition to the Waste Transfer Station's efforts, the Campus Garage and Carpool recapped 25 tires rather than replacing them. Over the years, the University has recycled approximately 2,500 semi loads of materials. This effort kept 53,000 tons out of the landfill and generated 3.5 million in cash. The University also recycles equipment, both electronic and non-electronic. In fiscal year 2009, we recycled over 118 tons of electronic equipment and nearly 300 tons of non-electronic equipment.
University Construction Services demolished a Dining Facility and captured 77% of the material for recycling. Material included copper, aluminum, glass, baling material and structural steel. This project was completed on time and well within budget. By utilizing recycling of this demolition, the University kept more than 3 million pounds of material out of the landfill. This is the model for future demolition projects.
Facilities and Services initiated the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation program in October 2005. This is a free cell phone and rechargeable battery recycling program that is easy to use and environmentally friendly. RBRC supplies the collection boxes and shipping labels. If rechargeable batteries are not recycled on campus, they are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of according to EPA regulations. To date, the University has recycled 49 boxes resulting in a saving of over $3,000.
The Labor Electrician's shop has operated a fluorescent bulb recycling program since 2000. They properly recycle 99.9% of all University light bulbs. The Maintenance Electrical Repair shop has also been successful at recycling ballasts and removing copper wiring.
Illinois offers a variety of sustainable ways to navigate campus. A combination of student fees and University funding allows all students and permanent employees free access to the Champaign-Urbana MTD buses. In 2009, the University also contracted with Zipcar to provide fuel-efficient vehicles for short trips in and around campus. To date, there are over 500 members signed up and currently using the Zipcar alternative. In addition, street traffic has been re-routed and bike lanes are being re-designed and added to help create a safer and more attractive environment for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Please visit the Transportation Demand Management website for more information.
Here are some ways to get around the campus and local communities.
THE ILLINOIS PATH:
A natural landscape promoting sustainable connections across campus communities (PDF)
Citing campus sustainability and enhancement, Illinois Chancellor asked a graduate class to provide a strategic assessment and implementation plan for a managed natural landscape on the Military Axis, a site located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in a manner consistent with the University's mission and Master Plan.
To view the comments on The Illinois Path report, click here.
There are many ways to make our landscapes more sustainable. Using native plants is one way. Reducing the amounts of fertilizers and pesticides used on plantings, and mowing less often are others. You can see these sustainable methods in practice on campus—the No-Mow Zones are one example. And there are several places around campus that you can visit to enjoy the beauty of native plantings, such as the Pollinatarium, the prairie plantings at the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, the Red Oak Rain Garden, and the plantings at BIF. And don't forget to check out Allerton Park.