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  1. Archived web info - CSE Campus and Community Resources

    Campus and Community Resources

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    The daily decisions that you make about how to travel, what to eat and drink, whether or not to recycle your trash, what to wear, and a myriad of other decisions all have an impact on the health of our planet. Wondering how your daily decisions could possibly affect the planet? After all, you are just one of 6.8 billion other people living on the planet. And that’s the point. The collective decisions of 6.8 billion people, whatever those decisions may be, will determine if we have enough resources to sustain the health and well-being of ourselves, future generations, and the other living creatures that share the Earth with us.

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the surrounding communities have a lot to be proud of when it comes to sustainability. The resources listed in this section are just a sample of what our campus and community has to offer. To get you started, University of Illinois Extension has developed 57 Ways To Protect Your Home Environment.

    For a list of academic, campus, community and research groups, please click here.

  2. Archived web info - CSE ACUPCC Pledge

    American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Pledge

    On February 22, 2008, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign became a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). We are currently one of more than six-hundred Colleges and Universities that are participating in this endeavor (see the University's official commitment pledge here (download as pdf).

    As concern grows about global warming and the potential effects on health, social, economic, and ecological well-being of our world, the University is a prime place to be at the forefront of battling the negative impacts associated with climate change. The University of Illinois hosts high-caliber research and experts in diverse field across campus and seeks to become a model for not only the State of Illinois, but to become a leader in these efforts nationally and globally.

    The ultimate goal of the ACUPCC is for campuses to go "climate neutral". During the first year of this commitment, a greenhouse gas emissions inventory was conducted and submitted to the ACUPCC.

    Illinois submitted its Climate Action Plan in May 2010.  This plan sets aggressive goals for reaching carbon neutrality.  Facilities & Services is making great progress on the operational aspects of the plan, and the Office of Sustainability is working to connect educators and researchers to many projects associated with the plan.  Moving forward, Illinois will be required to submit updated greenhouse gas emissions inventories (2012) and progress reports(2013) on alternating years.  As reports become available, they will be shared with the public, both in this space as well as on the ACUPCC's website.

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  3. Archived web info - CSE Campus Sustainability Compact

    Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact


    On Friday, August 27, 2010, University of Illinois former President Michael Hogan and former UIUC Chancellor and current President Robert Easter joined Governor Pat Quinn in signing the second Sustainable Campus Compact (pdf) as part of the fifth annual Sustainable University Symposium. The University is the first institution to sign on to the new five-year compact that commits us to continue energy and environmental improvements.

  4. Archived web info - CSE Rankings and Reports

    Rankings and Reports


    The Office of Sustainability is responsible for coordinating the campus response to a variety of organizations related to sustainability efforts.


    As signatories to the ACUPCC and the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is required to submit data regarding its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and efforts to reduce them.  The ACUPCC requires an emissions inventory within one year of signing, and a comprehensive action plan for reduction within two years of signing.  Illinois is in good standing with the ACUPCC.  

    Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact

    The Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact was revised during academic year 2010-2011, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the first to sign the new compact and pledged at the Gold Level. Information required for the compact includes actions such as fostering student involvement, green building, waste reduction, new initiatives.

    Voluntary Surveys

    The University of Illinois also voluntarily submits data to the following surveys – the Sierra Club Cool Schools survey, the Sustainable Endowment Institute Green Report Card Survey, the Princeton Review and Petersons.  Among our Big Ten peers, Illinois consistently ranks in the upper percentile.

    As more rankings from reports are released, we will share that information here.

    Illinois second among Big Ten in Princeton Review - 8/10/10

    Each year the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign participates in a survey distributed by the Princeton Review.  The Green Campus portion of the survey awards scores based on items such as: sustainability education and research, LEED certified buildings and other sustainable operations practices, transportation options, local foods in dining halls, and student involvement in sustainability initiatives. Illinois’ score is improved over last year from 92 to 95, placing us second among Big Ten Universities. To view Illinois’ green survey responses to the Princeton Review, please visit Princeton Review.

    Comparison to Big Ten Schools:

    Ohio State University


    University of Illinois


    University of Minnesota


    University of Iowa


    Pennylvania State University


    Michigan State University


    University of Michigan


    Purdue University


    Northwestern University


    University of Wisconsin


    Indiana University


    * = no participation


    Big Ten Sustainability Report

    This document provides a comparison of Big Ten conference schools by documenting initiatives, progress, and results in the following categories: administration, infrastructure, energy use, transportation, recycling, and food. This is the first report compiling these facets to view the difficulties and potential solutions to achieve sustainability in large research-based institutions. This report was prepared by students at the University of Michigan. 
    Click here to download the full report.

  5. Archived web info - CSE Task Forces

    Sustainability Task Forces

    As a result of the Office of Sustainability’s 2008-2009 visioning process, implementation of programs that fulfill this vision became the focus for the Office of Sustainability.  To aid in the development of an implementation plan, three task forces were created that represented a diverse group of stakeholders.  Members of the task forces included faculty, students, staff and community members with expertise in a variety of disciplines.  

    Forum Task Force

    The Forum Task Force was charged to create a new forum for in-depth, cross-disciplinary engagement on the sustainability grand challenges.  The product of their work is a recurring offering of the Scholarship of Sustainability Series.  This Series began in the Spring of 2010 and is offered each spring. The Series is open to faculty, staff, students and the community at large. The Series provides an in-depth examination of sustainability issues, with readings and video available on-line.

    Operations Task Force

    The Operations Task force was charged to create and implement a sustainable campus operations plan.  The committee’s efforts resulted in a comprehensive climate action plan that provides a path toward carbon neutrality by 2050.  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the first Big Ten University to submit a climate action plan to the ACUPCC.

    Education Task Force

    The Education Task Force was charged to infiltrate sustainable thinking into campus missions through new education activities.  The Sustainability Education Task Force (SETF) created sustainability education outcomes to serve as a useful resource for enhancing campus course and program offerings related to sustainability. The SETF has also inventoried existing course and program offerings to publish as a guide and identified gaps that can be filled through partnerships with academic departments.


    2010-2011 Sustainability Task Force Members

    Education Task Force - Hide Names and Affiliations



    Bill Stewart, co-chair

    Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

    Madhu Viswanathan, co-chair

    Professor of Business Administration

    John Abelson

    Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

    Val Beasley

    Professor, Veterinary Biosciences

    Ann Bishop

    Associate Professor, Library & Information Science

    Meg Edwards

    Advising Coordinator, Library & Information Science

    Tony Endress

    Professor, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

    Ralph Hammann

    Associate Professor, Architecture

    Praveen Kumar

    Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Vidar Lerum

    Associate Professor, Architecture

    Brenda Lindsey

    BSW Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor

    Steve Marshak

    Professor, Geology

    George Reese

    Director, Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

    Patrick Vargas

    Associate Professor, Advertising

    Gillen Wood

    Professor, English

    Barbara Minsker, ex-officio

    Associate Provost Fellow and Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Mary-Ann Winkelmes, ex-officio

    Administrative Provost Fellow, Campus Coordinator for Progams on Teaching and Learning

    Forum Task Force - Hide Names and Affiliations



    Robery McKim, co-chair

    Head, Department of Religion

    Michelle Wander, co-chair

    Associate Professor, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

    Brian Anderson

    Director, Illinois State Natural History Survey

    Val Beasley

    Professor, Veterinary Biosciences

    Jeff Brawn

    Professor and Department Head, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

    Gary Cziko

    Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology

    Bryan Endres

    Assistant Professor, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

    Ingbert Floyd

    Student, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

    Eric Freyfogle

    Max L. Rowe Professor, School of Law

    Mike Gray

    Professor, Crop Sciences

    Bruce Hannon

    Professor, Geography

    Anthony Larson

    Student, Environmental Economics and Policy

    Peter Maraccini

    Student, Mechanical Science and Engineering

    Greg McIsaac

    Assistant Professor, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

    Gary Miller

    Associate Executive Director, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability

    Jesse Ribot

    Associate Professor, Geography

    Kathleen Robbins


    Mike Royse

    President, One Main

    Michael Scoville


    Mark Shannon

    Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering

    Kate Williams

    Assistant Professor, Library & Information Science

    Barbara Minsker, ex-officio

    Associate Provost Fellow and Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Operations Task Force - Hide Names and Affiliations


    Operations Task Force



    Brian Deal, co-chair

    Assistant Professor, Urban & Regional Planning

    Carl Wegel, co-chair

    Director of Maintenance, Facilities and Services

    Amy Allen

    Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Dawn Aubrey

    Senior Assistant Director, Housing and Dining Service

    Robbie Boyer


    Sam Chakravorty

    GIS Specialist, Illinois State Water Survey

    Gary Cziko

    Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology

    Tony Endress

    Professor, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

    Gale Fulton

    Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture

    Guy Grant

    Management Engineer, Facilities and Services

    Erin Harper

    Student, Mechanical Science and Engineering

    Eric Holthaus

    Student, Urban & Regional Planning

    Cynthia Hoyle

    AICP, Transportation Planning Consultant, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

    Morgan Johnston

    Transportation Demand Management Coordinator, Facilities and Services

    Vonne Ortiz

    Assistant Director of Housing, Facility Operations, Housing Division

    Matt Rundquist

    Student, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

    Marya Ryan

    Director of I-Card Programs, Office of Business and Financial Services

    Art Schmidt

    Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Bill Stewart

    Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

    Charlie Werth

    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Stephanie Lage, ex-officio

    Assistant to the Director, Office of Sustainability


  6. Archived web info - CSE Sustainability Council page

    Sustainability Council Members

    The Sustainability Council was put in place in 2008 to help lead sustainability efforts at the University of Illinois. The Council is comprised of campus leaders and student and faculty representatives. It provides strategic direction and oversight of the campus sustainability initiative.

    2012-2013 Sustainability Council Members



    Phyllis Wise, Chair

    Vice President and Chancellor

    Peter Schiffer

    Vice Chancellor for Research

    Renee Romano

    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

    Dan Peterson

    Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

    Ilesanmi Adesida

    Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

    Ruth Watkins

    Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Barbara Minsker

    Associate Provost Fellow and Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

    William Shilts

    Executive Director, Prairie Research Institute

    Marika Nell

    Student Sustainability Committee

    Kevin Wolz

    Student Sustainability Committee

    Pradeep Khanna

    Associate Chancellor and Acting Director, Center for a Sustainable Environment

    Jack Dempsey

    Executive Director, Facilities and Services

    Stephanie Lage

    Assistant Director, Center for a Sustainable Environment


  7. Archived web info - CSE Alvin H. Baum Family Fund page

    Alvin H. Baum Family Fund

    The new Center for a Sustainable Environment (CSE) is being supported by the Alvin H. Baum Family Foundation through a generous gift. The Academic Senate approved establishment of the Center for a Sustainable Environment on December 3, 2012.  

    The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund is committed to bettering the lives of those who live and work predominantly in the Chicagoland area. Priorities established for the Foundation’s giving are health, human services, education, housing, environmental issues and the arts.

    Please visit the Baum Family Fund website for more information.

  8. Archived web info - CSE Vision page

    An Excerpt from our Vision Statement

    Student Farm

    In Fall of 2009 The Strategic Opportunity in Global Sustainability Challenges: A Vision for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was developed in a highly inclusive process that involved the surrounding communities.

    The visioning process identified two global grand challenges for which Illinois is well positioned to be a leader:

    1) To maintain or restore natural ecosystem function while providing essential human services, and 
    2) To sustainably raise the quality of life for the world’s poor to acceptable levels.

    There are five goals associated with the vision:

    1) Create a new forum for in-depth, cross-disciplinary engagement on the sustainability grand challenges, 
    2) Create and implement a sustainable campus operations plan that maintains or restores natural ecosystem, function and supports impoverished communities, 
    3) Infiltrate sustainable thinking into campus missions through new education activities,
    4) Create incentive programs that spur sustainability activities to meet the above goals, and 
    5) Create a viable financial plan for sustainability activities. Task Forces are currently identifying near term actions around goals 1–3, and helping to implement them.

    Illinois is also committed to achieving responsibilities of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Energy conservation has been an emphasis as part of the ACUPCC. For example, FY09 was only the second time in 20 years that campus electricity consumption dropped from one year to the next. The progress is attributed to a broadening campus conservation effort, including retrocommissioning, departmental and college reduction initiatives, reduced HVAC system operating hours, and the campus relamping program. Total energy consumed by the main campus at Urbana-Champaign dropped 6.5% in FY09 compared to FY08. Campus consumption is now nearly 10% lower than FY07 on a square foot basis. The FY09 energy reduction resulted in a budget savings of approximately $7.5 million. The goal for FY10 is another 5% reduction (i.e. 5% below FY09).

  9. Archived web info - CSE About page

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    The new Center for a Sustainable Environment (CSE) is now officially established. The Academic Senate had approved establishment of the Center for a Sustainable Environment on December 3, 2012. The formal search process for director of the CSE will start this month.

    Both the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and the Office of Sustainability (OS) have been merged in this new center. Both the ECI and the OS have done outstanding work in the area of environment and sustainability for our campus and their efforts are greatly appreciated. The CSE will build upon the efforts of these two entities.  

    Detailed information about accomplishments of the ECI is accessible from the CSE website. We would like you to continue to stay connected to sustainability initiatives and activities on the campus. If you have previously subscribed to the OS Newsletter, you will now receive the CSE Newsletter in its place. If you were previously receiving messages from the ECI, please subscribe to theCSE Newsletter, “like” CSE on Facebook, or follow CSE on Twitter.

    The CSE is being supported by the Alvin H. Baum Family Foundation through a generous gift.


  10. Spurlock ECIP project


    As we discussed on the phone, our Electricians have visited with the folks at Spurlock and secured a preliminary scope of work (see attached). Because of the complex existing lighting system in the building our Electricians will require some assistance from our In-House Engineering staff. I understand that Spurlock has been allotted $22K for this work. I am going to ask Robert to give us an estimate of the Engineering charges and if they exceed 10% of the budget we will discuss scaling back some of the scope with the folks at Spurlock. The AiM project is 2693 and the Engineering estimate work order is 10282137.


    Thomas Doud

    Construction Superintendent

    Construction Services Division

    University of Illinois, Facilities and Services


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  11. Earth Week 2014 website

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    Earth Week 2014

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites you to join us in celebrating Earth Week this April 21st through the 26th. Earth Week is a time to enact change and real movement towards consciousness about how our decisions affect our campus environment and good ol' Mother Earth. Whether you're already a passionate environmentalist or just looking to have some April fun, we hope to see you all out and about showing the Earth some serious love this week!

    Thank you to UIUC Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS), the Institute for Sustainability, Energy & Environment, and all of our co-sponsors and partners.

    Check out the full detailed schedule of events below. Stay connected on our Facebook event page!

    Clothing Swap Collection: Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18
    April 17th: Drop off at University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL
    April 18th: Drop off at Main Quad, Anniversary Plaza 
    Clothes can be recycled, too! Do some spring-cleaning and drop off your gently used clothing – then swap out your donations for other students’ items. Every item you donate gets you one swap at Monday’s Clothing Swap & Drive. Choose to receive swapping rights for your items, or just to directly donate to the Champaign Salvation Army. Non-swap donations are welcome at the bin at the Y all week through Friday, April 25th. APO members will receive service points! Co-sponsored by APO Service Fraternity and SECS.

    Build-a-Bike Raffle:
    Entry all week at almost every event!
    Final drawing at 5:45pm during Veggie Burger Cook-Off, Friday April 25th, Illini Grove Pavilion 
    SECS Earth Weekers teamed up with the Campus Bike Shop to build a beautiful bike with their very own Earth-lovin’ hands – and now it can be all yours! And with the opportunity to enter the raffle at almost every Earth Week event, your chances of winning are sky high. Be on the lookout for event-specific codes and links to submit your entry each time. One entry per guest per event. Must be present at drawing to win. Entries are FREE!

    Pledge Wall:
    April 21st: YMCA, April 22nd-24th: Main Quad, & April 25th: Illini Grove
    What’s your environmental pledge? Make it known on our Earth Week Pledge Wall! Share your pledge (for this week or beyond) about how you’re making a difference environmentally or what inspires you to change. We’ll be stationed at various Earth Week events throughout the week, as well as on the Main Quad.

    Monday, April 21:

    9-11:30am: iCAP Forum
    Illini Union, Rooms A&B, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    Join iSEE and the Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWATeams) to learn about the progress the campus has made in meeting the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) goals, and to provide input into how the campus should move forward in the arena of sustainability. The program will consist of a light breakfast, overview presentations by the iSEE Associate Director of Campus Sustainability and SWATeam representatives, and roundtable discussions.

    12n-1pm: UC Energy Star Challenge Lunch
    Illini Union, General Lounge (210), 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL

    12n-4pm: Clothing Swap & Drive
    University YMCA, Latzer Hall, 1001 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 
    All of last week’s donations will be ready for picking at this APO + SECS swapmeet! Latzer Hall will look like your favorite thrift store, where you can swap out each clothing item you donated for something “new.” All leftover items will be donated to the Champaign Salvation Army at the end of the week. Non-swap donations are welcome at the bin at the Y all week through Friday, April 25th.

    2pm-5pm: Sustainability Symposium
    Illini Union, Rooms A&B, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    Check out the progress on the latest sustainable campus initiatives! Presentations and poster session from the Institute for Sustainability, Energy & Environment and the Student Sustainability Committee. Light refreshments will be provided.

    6pm-7pm: DIY Green Supplies
    University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 
    Give your cleaning and beauty supplies a green makeover! Join us for a student-led lesson in Do-It-Yourself environmentally friendly supplies. Learn how a few simple ingredients can become your new go-to daily products. Please bring along empty and clean containers to house your creations - glass jars, tupperware, plastic bottles, etc. Led by Jola Szkodon & SECS
    RSVP REQUIRED online

    7pm-9pm: "Symphony of the Soil" Film Screening
    W-109 Turner Hall

    Learn about the importance of the complex relationships within the stuff beneath our feet! Hosted by the Soil & Water Conservation Society. $3 suggested donation to benefit the RSO - and to cover popcorn!

    8pm-9pm: Earth Hour
    Go dark to go green! Switch off all non-essential lights and electronics from 8-9pm, and take an hour to send some respect to good ol’ Mother Earth. All are welcome to partake, especially University Housing and Greek Houses. 

    Tuesday, April 22: (Earth Day)

    11am-2pm: Environmental Expo
    Illini Union, Courtyard Café, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    Watch the Courtyard Café be transformed into a mini Quad Day – exclusively featuring environmental RSOs and local sustainable organizations! Pass through and learn about more ways to get involved with all things environmental on- and off-campus. Talk with reps, grab some info, and even partake in crafts like DIY planting!

    5:15pm-6:30pm: Earth Week Chat with IEC 
    University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 

    Looking to learn more about environmental policy and current issues? Stop by the Y to join in on the conversation with Jen Walling, visiting us from the Illinois Environmental Council. Have your Qs answered and your opinions shared - and grab some free food! RSVP online

    6pm-7:30pm: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Sustainability Film Festival “Living Downstream”
    Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 South Gregory St., Urbana, IL
    This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. Films will be followed by discussions with expert guest speakers.

    8pm-10pm: Bidder 70 Movie
    Main Quad near Anniversary Plaza (Illini Union)
    Join SECS for an outdoor screening of Bidder 70 on this beautiful night of Earth Day! You won’t want to miss this compelling story of one student’s act of civil disobedience towards climate justice. We’ll be watching on the big screen at the main quad near Anniversary Plaza (Illini Union). Bring a blanket and some buddies! Stay updated on the Facebook event in case of rainy backup location at the University YMCA.

    Wednesday, April 23:

    10am–11am: Campus Wide Bicycle Census
    Urbana, IL—Every Bike Counts. Facilities and Services at the University of Illinois is partnering with Champaign County Bikes to count every bike on campus. The census will take place on Wednesday, April 23 from 10-11AM. The bicycle data collected is critical for future university decision-making and planning including: determining the location and quantity of additional bicycle parking needed to meet demand, estimating the increasing number of cyclists on campus, and prioritizing bicycle infrastructure projects. Volunteers are needed to help with the count and can register at Please for additional information.

    11am-3pm: Bike Tune-Ups & Blend-Ups
    Anniversary Plaza on the Quad (Behind Illini Union)
    Bring your bike by for the cheapest tune up in town! Tune ups from Bike Face start at just $5. In need of a rad refreshment on your way to class? SECS has got you covered! Use your own two legs to blend up a sustainable smoothie on our student-built Bike Blender. Choose from local dairy, juice and fruits (plenty o’ vegan options!) to create a $2 smoothie - ingredients brought to you by Common Ground Food Co-op. All proceeds will benefit Bike Face and SECS respectively. 

    12n-1pm: ISTC Sustainable Seminar Series
    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, SJW conference room 1 E. Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 
    Presented by Margaret Guerriero - Director of the Land and Chemicals Division, USEPA
    Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, EPA was established on December 2, 1970 to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal statutes pertaining to research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection of air, water and land. Throughout the years, EPA has incorporated the concept of sustainability into many of its programs. Margaret Guerriero will be discussing the top ten ways EPA uses the principles of sustainability to accomplish its mission to protect human health and the environment. This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on our for later viewing. If you cannot attend the event at ISTC, you may view the webinar live by registering at: 

    2:30pm-3pm: Chancellor Sustainability Discussion
    Illini Union, Colonial Room 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 

    Take advantage of this opportunity to directly connect with Chancellor Phyllis Wise! Hear a bit about her role in campus sustainability efforts, and come prepared with your own questions about the University. 

    5:30-6:00 Conservation Reception for Craig Cox at the Alice Campbell Hall hosted by the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in honor of Earth Day in partnership with the Student Chapter of the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Agriculture Watershed Institute, Faith in Place, Illinois Stewardship Alliance and Prairie Rivers Network!   The event is free and open to the public.  Free parking will be available after 5.00 in lot D22 904 W. Oregon.  

    6:00-6:50: Craig Cox Senior Vice President of the Environmental Working Group will be at the Alice Campbell Hall to discuss how the elimination of direct payments to agriculture and their replacement with programs that provide revenue and price guarantees will affect taxpayers, farm income, and resource conservation.  He’ll explain how the recent Farm Bill fixed some glaring problems associated with crop insurance programs by establishing a quid pro quo between farmers and taxpayers by asking farmers to take steps to cut soil erosion on their most vulnerable cropland, protect wetlands and refrain from breaking out native grassland and prairie in return for crop insurance premium subsidies and other federal farm program benefits.  He will consider whether these provisions offer sufficient protection for working lands at a time when high crop prices, biofuel mandates and competition for land have spurred substantial intensification and expansion of row crop production that is tied to soil degradation, water pollution and loss of habitat.  Craig, who has spent his life working for conservation and worked on the last four farm bills, will discuss what will be needed to harmonize agriculture and the environment in this challenging century. If you’d like to meet with Craig during his visit contact

    6pm-7:30pm: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Sustainability Film Festival “Terra Blight”
    Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 South Gregory St., Urbana, IL
    Terra Blight is a documentary exploring America’s consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology. Terra Blight traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas,Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. Films will be followed by discussions with expert guest speakers. 

    7pm-8pm: Keynote Speaker Stephen Ritz
    Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (SDRP) 2025 Multipurpose Room, 301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign, IL 
    Join us in welcoming Stephen Ritz, a teacher and activist from the South Bronx who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Stephen will document his journey as a classroom teacher turned urban farmer and how the mantra of "no child left behind" can include "no child left inside." Thirty-thousand pounds of vegetables later, his favorite crop is "organically grown citizens." It's all about planting seeds - seeds of hope, engagement and opportunity! Learn about his innovative work and be inspired by his passion that’s making a difference. Q&A after presentation. Free and open to the public. View TED talk.

    Thursday, April 24:

    12n-1pm: ISTC Sustainable Seminar Series – iSEE a Sustainable Campus
    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, SJW Conference Room, 1 E. Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL
    Presented by Ben McCall - Associate Director for Campus Sustainability, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment (iSEE), Learn about an overview of iSEE, a look at how well our campus is meeting the targets set out for 2015 in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), and a vision of how our campus will set concrete plans in place to meet our long-term sustainability goals, including carbon neutrality by 2050. If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at The webinar will also be archived on www.istc.illinois.edufor later viewing.

    3pm-4pm: Facilities & Services Utilities Master Plan
    University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, 
    Urbana, IL 
    As part of Earth Week on the Urbana campus, Facilities & Services will provide an update on the Utilities Master Plan from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the University YMCA (1001 South Wright Street). The plan examines university energy production and distribution systems, integrating with the energy conservation targets and strategies outlined by the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP).  The presentation will focus on the Utilities Master Plan’s current progress, highlighting the tools and processes being used to meet desired campus outcomes related to projected growth and associated energy demand.

    6pm-7:30pm: Illinois Sustainability Technology Center Sustainability Film Festival “Waste=Food”
    Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 South Gregory St., Urbana, IL
    WASTE = FOOD explores this revolutionary "cradle to cradle" (as opposed to "cradle to grave") concept through interviews with its leading proponents, American architect William McDonough and German ecological chemist Michael Braungart, coauthors of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Their ideas are increasingly being embraced by major corporations and governments worldwide, unleashing a new, ecologically-inspired industrial revolution. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. Films will be followed by discussions with expert guest speakers.

    8pm-10pm: SECS Benefit Concert
    Red Herring, 1209 W. Oregon, Urbana 
    Come out and share a night with fellow music and Earth lovers at one of the hippest spots in town! Proceeds will benefit the University YMCA and their funding of SECS projects toward a more sustainable Earth. $5 suggested donation. Stay tuned for the official lineup of local CU bands. Doors open at 7:30pm. List of bands include Ashland, 
    The Ars Nova, Illini Contraband, Justin Rondon, and Alec's Band..


    Friday, April 25:

    12n-1pm: ISTC Sustainable Seminar Series  Agricultural Plastics: Progress and Barriers in Closing the Loop
    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, SJW conference room, 1 E. Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 
    Presented by Roger Springman - Agricultural Plastics Consultant (Madison, WI)
    Plastic provides agriculture with many options to cost-effectively store commodities, ensile forage, contain fertilizers/pesticides, protect crops, etc. But, at the end of its life cycle, agricultural plastic is more likely to become a waste than a resource. What is happening? Why hasn't more progress been made? Are there any technologies or break-throughs on the horizon? This seminar will examine the current state-of-the art and offer directions for the future. If you cannot attend the event at ISTC, view the webinar live by registering at The webinar will also be archived on www.istc.illinois.edufor later viewing.

    3pm-6pm: SECS Veggie Burger Cook-Off
    Illini Grove Pavilion 
    Spend an afternoon outside with the SECS Sustainable Landscapes & Food project group! Each team or individual enters their recipe into the competition for best Earth Week veggie burger of 2014. Grills will be available for use at Illini Grove. Remember to keep it veg and be creative - no store bought burgers, please! Even if you're not competing, come hang out with us and some locally donated snacks. Make sure to sign uphere. so we know you're competing! Full list of rules here. 

    5:45pm: Build-a-Bike Raffle
    Must be present to win
    You’ve waited all week – it’s time to draw the winner of the Build-a-Bike! Built with love by the SECS Earth Week team and the patient guidance of the Campus Bike Shop, this beauty will be matched with its new owner when the raffle winner is drawn. Your journey in sustainable transportation can begin immediately as you join us on the Bike Face Friday Ride!

    6pm-7pm: Bike Face Friday Ride
    Leave from Illini Grove
    Bike Face enjoys a group bike ride through town every Friday – and this week you can join them! Meet us with your bike (and helmet) at Illini Grove and we’ll tour the streets of Champaign-Urbana with this bike-lovin’ RSO!


    Saturday, April 26:

    9:30am-2pm: Prosperity Gardens Workday
    Prosperity Gardens, First Street, Champaign, IL 
    Looking for a hands-on way to give back to Mother Earth? Join us for this volunteer workday at one of Champaign’s fastest growing urban farms. We’ll get a tour of the garden sites and help out with preparing for the busiest time of the year – growing season. Lunch will be provided. RSVP Required online.

  12. process for shifting funds

    From: Johnston, Morgan B

    Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:54 AM
    To: 'Amy Liu'
    Cc: Burris, Marques Javyn; Bartels, Bart A; Kinley, Kathryn R
    Subject: RE: Tap That Signage

    Hi Amy,

    I think you should ask Marques or Katie for the current account balance for this project (water fountain retrofit).  The CFOP is 1-303692-815100-815184-815RET.  Then, you need to get a vote from the SSC committee to approve the change in scope to reflect the # of glass fillers installed, and give you permission to spend the remaining money on signs.

    Once you have SSC permission, then we will talk to the individual facility managers for the buildings, to get their approval of any signage.  At the libraries, for instance, you may be able to put a flyer on their bulletin boards, but not at the actual fountains.



  13. News about Christopher Hall winning

    Saving energy pays off for Christopher Hall

    Clayton Glazik 3/5/2014

    Since we were little our parents have told us to turn off the lights after we leave a room. That is just what the Christopher Hall residents at the University of Illinois did in 2013. By shutting the lights off in rooms not in use, switching their lights to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, as well as other sustainable practices, the building was able to cut back its energy usage by 30.6% from the previous year.

    The campus Facilities & Services (F&S) hosted a reception at Christopher Hall on February 14 to celebrate the building’s accomplishment in the F&S Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP). A campus-wide sustainability effort, ECIP provides building upgrades to facilities that produce top energy conservation results in energy advancement and occupant action categories. ECIP calculates how much money the buildings are saving in energy reduction and gives it back to the building to pay for upgrades.

    Christopher Hall, which houses the Family Resiliency Center (FRC), the Autism Program (TAP), several classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and a family research home, saved nearly $22,000. According to FRC Director Barbara Fiese, a building committee recommended investing the funds in a bike rack since so many people cycle to work, as well as other items that can further reduce energy usage.

    In 2010, the University of Illinois published a climate action plan that set aggressive timeliness for reducing energy consumption on campus. Currently, there are more than 300 such active projects, which can be tracked at

    “At the end of the day, if we really want to meet ICAP goals, we have to do more,” says Al Stratman, F&S executive director. “That is why we came up with ECIP, which mirrors the campus goals.”

    At the award ceremony, faculty and students pledged to continue reducing energy in their lifestyles by taking public transportation, using natural light in their offices rather than electricity, and shopping more at local food markets instead of commercial grocery stores. With their current sustainable practices and these recent pledges, Christopher Hall will continue slashing their energy consumption, making the Illinois campus a greener place.

    (from Family Resiliency Center news

  14. idea to shift funds to educational signs


    I was telling Nishant about plans to return $5,000.00 to the SSC. He said wait, you should consider putting signs by the fountains reading something to the effect of "this bottle filler was funded by the student sustainability committee". I know this is something David really wanted before. What do you think about that? Would it fit into the budget, comply with codes for putting up signs, etc.

    Amy Liu

  15. News about Library winning

    Libraries Win Energy Awards

    Jan 23, 2014

    The Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP) at Illinois awards building upgrades on campus in facilities which have produced top energy conservation results. Each year eight campus buildings receive ECIP awards in two separate categories. Those selected have demonstrated the greatest percentage of energy conservation over a one-year period.

    In 2013, three of eight awards went to Urbana campus libraries. The Undergraduate Library won 1st Place in the Occupant Action category; in the Energy Advancement category, the Main Library took 3rd Place while the Grainger Engineering Library took 4th Place. These libraries will work with the Utilities & Energy Services Division within Facilities & Services at the University to implement upgrades to their appearance or functionality.

    The Energy Advancement category is for campus buildings whose energy reduction is the result of central funding from a significant energy conservation project. The Occupant Action category is for those buildings which have not benefited from such projects in the last fiscal year.

    To learn more about the ECIP, please visit

    (from Library News at

  16. Printing and Photographic Services Building

    Associated Project(s): 

    As part of the Lighting Retrofit #5, 862 T-12 fixtures in the Printing and Photographic Services Building were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 151,916 hours. The simple payback for this project is 3.15 years.

  17. Meeting with Amy Liu

    Met with Amy because she was interested in moving some of the funding from retrofits to education.  I told Amy about some of the education projects I have worked on in the past including a taste testing table.  Amy seemed interested in having a table in the student union starting early next semester.  After the meeting I stopped and talked to Stephanie about groups that might want to join in the effort.  The information was passed on to Amy.  Amy said she would make contact and try to get enough volunteers to run the table for 20 hours per week.  She was also going to try to change the scope of the funding so she could make marketing material. 

  18. Meeting with zero waste coordinator set for Dec. 3

    On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM, Bartels, Bart A <> wrote: I am happy to help.  Love the educational aspect.  Taste testing tables can be very successful along with a cost comparison highlighting how much a student can spend on bottled water that doesn't meet the quality standards of tap water.  Count me in. From: Amy Liu [] Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:11 PM To: Johnston, Morgan B Cc: David Mischiu; Bartels, Bart A Subject: Re: glass fillers   Thanks Morgan!    Bart, I'm entertaining the idea of collaborative educational events and promotions for Tap That. What is your opinion at this point? And would you be interested in meeting on a day after Thanksgiving break to discuss this? Any insight is appreciated.   Cheers, Amy Liu

  19. Next set Approved

    Morgan talked with Amy and David today about this project.  They approve moving forward with the other buildings. They just want us to use good common sense when selecting water fountains worthy of the retrofits.  That is, if you think the fountain should be replaced at some time in the next few years, then don't put a glass filler on it.     We also discussed the issue of potentially changing the project scope to fund some Tap That marketing needs.  Also discussed doing additional fountains in the buildings around the main quad.