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Projects Updates for place: Natural Resources Building

  1. FY13 ECIP Award Winners Announced

    Energy Advancement Category

    1. Atmospheric Sciences Building            53.3%
    2. Spurlock Museum                                      44.5%
    3. Main Library                                                 43.1%
    4. Grainger Engineering Libra                    41.3%

    Occupant Action Category

    1. Undergraduate Library                            35.2%
    2. Law Building                                                  35.1%
    3. Christopher Hall                                          30.6%
    4. Henry Administration Building             28.4%
  2. Water fountain retrofits completed in first set of buildings

    Morgan,    We are done with the following- Aces Library Main Library Undergraduate Library Grainger Library Loomis   I have the parts for the following off the original list and would like to start them with your ok. Armory Natural Resources Buillding   I would also like to try and install one on the fountain at Wholers and Sibel to see if we can make them work in those buildings.   Thanks,   Mark Warner Plumbing Foreman

  3. Explanation of calculations

    We take total energy usage by building (electricity, Steam, Nat Gas and Chilled Water) convert all of those to one common unit, MMBTU (million British Thermal Units) and after adjusting for the weather differences between years, compare each building's annual usage with the year before.  We then convert the change into a percentage and then rank all eligible buildings by percentage saved.  The top four in each category win first through fourth.     Having won in FY13 does not disqualify you from winning in the future.  The goal is to encourage individual contributions to saving energy.   Mike Marquissee

  4. Agriculture Bioprocess Lab

    Associated Project(s): 

    As part of the Lighting Retrofit #5, 436 T-12 fixtures in the Agriculture Bioprocess Lab were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 68,289 hours. The simple payback for this project is 3.62 years.

  5. Meeting about water fountains

    Matt Emmert, Jeff Schrader, Morgan Johnston, Amy Liu, and David Mischiu met to discuss the water fountain glass fillers project.  Mark Warner from the F&S plumbing shop was unable to make it due to a scheduling change. 

    • Do not put a spout on a fountain that is scheduled to be replaced.  
    • If two fountains in one location, put a spout only on the shorter fountains.
    • If the water fountain cannot easily be converted, then skip that fountain.

    1) Undergrad library.  Put them on the west upper level by elevator, lower level by elevator, espresso royale area, and the upper level east side (inside the library, on carpeted area).  F&S should also replace the one noted fountain, outside of the project funding.

    2) Grainger library.  The ones on the first floor are consistently having problems... Just do one per floor, except third floor. F&S should also fix the buttons on the first floor fountains, outside of the project funding.

    3) ACES library. First to fourth floor on south side.

    4) Main Library.  Put one on both in basement, east and west.  First floor center east.  Third floor north side. Put one on the fourth floor south side, after replacing the fountain. 

    Could talk with Sherri Miller at classroom reservations to get high use buildings. Lincoln Hall.  What happens if the spout gets popped off?  Does water shoot out?  

    Wohlers, leave off. Leave Natural Resources Building off.

    David, Amy, and Morgan will meet with facility contacts for the other buildings.  Loomis, Siebel, Armory.  

    Only order the spouts for one building at a time. 




  6. Sustainability Week 2013 website


    2013 Sustainability Week

    In collaboration with many partners the Center for a Sustainable Environment will be hosting the Fourth Annual Sustainability Week on October 21-25, with activities to educate and encourage the campus and community to go green!

    The week will be a celebration of the University's sustainable successes, and educational motivation to make even more progress. And there is something for everyone. Visit UIUC's most sustainable sites, and watch intriguing presentations about environmental ideas.

    Print a schedule At-A-Glance Schedule

    All Week Events:

    iHELP and Share your Soles Shoe Drive 
    Looking to do some good and be green? Donate your gently used shoes at Campus Recreation facilities. The shoes collected will be distributed to local non-profit organizations. You can drop off any and all shoes in the designated bins at the ARC, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, or CRCE, 1102 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.

    How does your garden grow? Display depicting how much food can be grown in an area
    The Housing Sustainability Council will mark off an ½ acre area within the quad of Ikenberry Commons. The purpose of marking off the space (spray paint) to to show the size of an ½ acre and to post signs that indicate how much food can be grown in the space. For example,  ½ acre can produce 7,500# of tomatoes. There will be signs showing the amount of produce that can be produced in a relatively small space. Signs will also show how much space/water/feed/energy it would take to produce beef, pork and chicken, respectively.


    Monday, October 21:

    11am-2pm: Sustainability Week Kickoff EXPO
    Visit the many exhibits to learn how Illinois is going green and how you can do your part!
    Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Winter Garden, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign

    2-3:30pm: Sustainable Student Farm Tour - Registration is required.
    The farm serves as a production farm to supply our residence halls with locally grown, low-input sustainable food. In addition, the farm acts as a living laboratory to connect students, community members, and the state at large with regional, small-scale food systems. We plan to broaden our focus to include the research, education, and outreach missions of the university. 
    Location: The Sustainable Student Farm is located near the intersection of Lincoln and Windsor road.  We will provide transportation to and from the farm. Pickup and dropoff locations are:Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall (LAR), 1005 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana and Ikenberry Dining Hall, 301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign.

    3:30-5pm: Woody Perennial Polyculture Tour - Registration is required. 
    A Woody Perennial Polyculture (WPP) is an assemblage of plant species that aims to mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems to sustainably produce an agricultural yield while simultaneously restoring ecosystem services. Rather than perpetuating the separation of nature and humans, this system attempts to break down the dichotomy between ecological restoration and agriculture. This concept has grown and evolved out of fields such as agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture, silvopasture, carbon farming, and ecological restoration, but the application of this paradigm to large-scale industrial agriculture is a relatively new idea. The WPP community studied at this research site is an example of such a system that has the potential to become an ecologically sound, agriculturally productive, and economically viable alternative to the corn-soybean rotation (Herbaceous Annual Monoculture) that currently dominates agriculture in the Midwestern U.S.
    Location: The Woody Perennial Polyculture is located near the intersection of Lincoln and Windsor road.  We will provide transportation to and from the farm. Pickup and dropoff locations are:Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall (LAR), (circle drive) 1005 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana and Ikenberry Dining Hall, 301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign.

    Tuesday, October 22:

    10am-2pm: Global Water Day Events
    Alpha Phi Omega (APO) National Service Fraternity in collaboration with the Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS), Engineers without Borders (EWB) and the Quench Foundation are organizing the Global Water Day on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. The program will be an amalgamation of events to raise awareness about the quality and scarcity of water in the world. EWB will showcase the student designed sand filters that are used in Guatemala while APO will raise awareness about the water scarcity through their Water Walk. SECS will be demonstrate the problems associated with usage of plasticwater bottles through their water tasting booth. They will also be raising funds through the Print Eco Fundraiser to support individual sustainability projects via the Kiva Microfinance Network.
    Location: Illini Union Anniversary Plaza (Quad Side)
    RSVP Here:
    Questions? Email Nishant Makhijani at

    6-8:30pm: Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story. Movie, Discussion, and Tour of ISTC Research Labs Registration is required. (print flyer)
    The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute on the UI campus, presents a free showing of this Emmy Award-winning documentary at 6:30 pm with tours of the ISTC laboratories at 6:00 and 8:00 pm. Farming nurtures humans and nutrients are essential for food, but runoff is contaminating our rivers, lakes and aquifers. Join us to explore the challenges of policies and practices and proposed solutions.The movie traces the development of America's bountiful heartland and its effect on the legendary river. Through beautiful photography and inspiring narrative, the film offers remedies to the river's troubles through fresh ideas and concrete solutions. After the movie, Dr. George Czapar of the Illinois State Water Survey, another division of the Prairie Research Institute, will give a brief presentation on nutrients and water quality issues in Illinois. 
    Website: This event is free and open to the public. One dollar pizza and refreshments will be offered beginning at 6 pm. Free parking is available at the event. Please register for the event if you would like pizza:
    Illinois Sustainability Technology Center (ISTC), Stephen J. Warner Conference Room, 1 E. Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    Wednesday, October 23: Campus Sustainability Day

    10am: Waste Transfer Station Tour - Registration is required.
    Take a tour of the UI Waste Transfer Station at our state of the art Material Recover Facility.
    10 E. St. Mary's Road, Champaign

    10am-12pm: Campus-Wide Bicycle Count
    The University of Illinois is partnering with Champaign County Bikes to host the first-ever campus-wide bicycle census during Sustainability Week 2013. Over a hundred volunteers will be dispatched across campus to help count parked bicycles during a one-hour period on October 23. The findings of the count will help inform future decisions around bicycle infrastructure, parking, and programming on campus. Sign up to volunteer or to learn more at

    11-12n: Center for a Sustainable Environment Director Chat with Students - Registration is required.
    Details to come!
    University YMCA, Lower Level K-1, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign

    12n-1pm: Careers in Sustainability
    Do you have an interest in doing environmental work? Come enjoy lunch for free and hear from professionals who work in the environmental field in areas of science, business, and education. Broaden your network, learn more about others' experiences and find out more about your interests or career! For more information, visit the Career Center.
    Career Center at the Student Arcade Building, Room 143

    12n-4pm: Bike Fix It/Bike Blender Smoothies!
    Bring your bike for the cheapest tune up in town! Tune ups stats at $5.00. In need of a rad refreshment on your way to class? Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) has got you covered! Use your own two legs to blend up a sustainable smoothie on our student-built Bike Blender. Fruit and ice smoothies will be sold for $2.00. All proceeds will benefit the Students for Environmental Concerns. 
    On the Main Quad

    1pm: Energy Farm Tour - Registration is required.
    There will be a tour to the nearby University of Illinois Energy Farm.  Bioenergy crop research and production plantings, including sustainable perennial grasses and broadleaved plants, woody feedstocks, and state-of-the-art environmental monitoring equipment are housed at the 320 acre farm.  We will also tour the 2007 Solar Decathlon house.  Locally produced and sourced goat milk gelato will be available at the farm.
    Location: The Energy Farm is located near the intersection of Curtis and Race road.  We will provide transportation to and from the farm. Pickup and dropoff locations are:Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall (LAR), 1005 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana and Ikenberry Dining Hall, 301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign.

    3-4:30pm:Exploring Biotreatment of Saline Waters Lecture (print flyer)
    Speakers: Dr. Harry Dankowicz, U of IL Dept. of Mechanical Sciences & Engineering; Dr. Fredrik Grondahl, KTH Division of Industrial Ecology; Srirupa Ganguly, IL Sustainable Technology Center; and Joseph Pechsiri, KTH Division of Industrial Ecology. To begin this event, there will be an introduction about the U of IL Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) which is fostering research and faculty/student collaborations with KTH and other Swedish universities.  Following will be two research presentations on current projects on biotreatment of saline waters at KTH and ISTC.  Others on the U of IL campus working with algae, nutrients, and algal biofuels will also be invited to give brief updates on their work.  Open discussion will follow.  Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to U of IL faculty, staff, and students as well as the general public.  Any U of IL researchers or students wishing to give a brief update about their related research, please contact Nancy Holm at  The event will be held at the Stephen J. Warner Conference Room at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One. E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign.  There is free parking in the circle drive in front of the building or metered parking in the lot ($1 per hour).  Cars with U of IL parking tags from any lot may park in the parking lot.  Bus service is available on the Yellow No. 1 shuttle from campus.  This event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (a division of the Prairie Research Institute) and the Center for a Sustainable Environment at the U of IL. 
    Illinois Sustainability Technology Center (ISTC) Stephen J. Warner Conference Room, 1 E. Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    5-7pm: Sustainability Awards Reception
    Please join us at a reception honoring our Sustainability Fellows and this year's Energy Conservation Incentive Program winners. 
    Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana


    Thursday, October 24: National Food Day

    10-11am: Sustainability Meet & Greet Coffee
    At the beginning of Fall 2013, the CSE hosted a week-long series of Meet and Greet Coffees.  These coffees brought together people interested in local sustainability efforts to meet and brainstorm with each other about ongoing or new efforts.  They were a tremendous success, and the participants requested additional meetings.  This is a follow-up Meet and Greet Coffee, and EVERYONE interested in local sustainability is encouraged to come by and say hello.  The point of discussion this day will be “Action: what specific next steps will we take?”  There will also be sign up opportunities for the Center for a Sustainable Environment's newsletter, to volunteer on various actual projects, and to participate on campus green teams.
    Illini Union, Colonial Room, 1401 W. Greet Street, Urbana

    11am-1pm: Tap That - Water Taste Test
    The event involves students doing a blind test between tap water and bottled water. Then we survey which drink they prefer and what difference they can detect. 
    Illini Union Anniversary Plaza (Quad Side)

    11am-5pm: Sustainable Student Farmer's Market
    The farm serves as a production farm to supply our residence halls with locally grown, low-input sustainable food. In addition, the farm acts as a living laboratory to connect students, community members, and the state at large with regional, small-scale food systems. Currently, the farm operates between 45-48 weeks per year, occupying 6 acres for outdoor field production and nearly 10,000 square feet of year round high tunnel production. In addition to selling the majority of our produce to the residence halls, we also market our produce directly to consumers on the quad. Every attempt is made to integrate educational aspects into all activities on the farm.
    Illini Union Anniversary Plaza (Quad Side) 

    Lunch and Dinner Hours: Food Waste Advocacy
    More than 40% of food in America goes to waste. In light of this troubling statistic, service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega will be hosting a series of events in University Housing dining halls to advocate decreasing food waste. Members will explain to students the negative effects that food waste has on the environment and describe ways that everyone can do their part to prevent it.
    University Dining Halls - Ikenberry Commons and Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall 

    12-4pm: Bike Fix It/Bike Blender Smoothies!
    Bring your bike for the cheapest tune up in town! Tune ups stats at $5.00. In need of a rad refreshment on your way to class? Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) has got you covered! Use your own two legs to blend up a sustainable smoothie on our student-built Bike Blender. Fruit and ice smoothies will be sold for $2.00. All proceeds will benefit the Students for Environmental Concerns. 
    On the Main Quad

    6-8pm: Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) Food Day Potluck
    Join Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) as we take part in the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, sustainably produced eats while raising awareness of local food efforts! If you're able, please bring a potluck dish to share, and come with some info about how it was cooked or purchased locally. Not able to bring something yourself? You can still share in the meal by giving a suggested $2 donation that will go to support local farming efforts. We're also bringing in some very cool guest speakers who'll fill us in on all things food justice - from community gardening to food access issues to what we're eating right here in our dining halls. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach! 
    Red Herring, 1209 W. Oregon, Urbana

    Friday, October 25:

    10-11am: "Choosing the Right Bike" Free Class - Registration is required.
    The Campus Bicycle Shop is offering this free class on choosing the right bike. This class will cover bike styles, sizing, the difference tire sizes make, and how frame geometry affects ride quality. The class will help cyclists understand what bike to purchase, how to go about selecting the right bike, and when to ask for help.
    Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Multi-purpose Room 7, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign

    3-5pm: Bike Expo at the Campus Bicycle Shop
    The Campus Bicycle Shop is hosting a Bike Expo with representatives from local bicycling organizations and shops. The Campus Bicycle Shop is a collaboration between the University of Illinois and The Bicycle Project of Urbana-Champaign, dedicated to empowering individuals with knowledge about how to repair and maintain bicycles. There will be representatives from Bike@Illinois, Champaign County Bikes, Prairie Cycle Club, BikeFace, and many more.  Students, employees, and community members interested in meeting the amazing people behind our community-wide bicycling movement, should stop by to say hello, gather new information, and join the party.  Snacks will be provided.
    608 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign (Garages behind the Natural Resources Building)

    6:00pm: Homecoming Parade
    Join green RSO's and the Sustainability Week Committee for the parade! You can ride a decorated sustainable bicycle, or walk with our Go Green banner.


    We hope you will be able to attend some, if not all, events! 

    Sponsored by: Center for a Sustainable Environment, Energy Biosciences Institute, Students for Environmental Concerns, Facilities and Services, Campus Recreation, Housing, Dining Services, Illini Union, Sustainable Student Farm, University YMCA, Campus Bicycle Shop, The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, and Alpha Phi Omega

  7. meeting set up with Mark, Amy, David, and Morgan

    Mark Warner visited the building sites for the proposed glass filler water fountain retrofits and will share the information with Amy Liu, David Mishiu, and Morgan Johnston at a meeting on October 1.  Jeff Schrader and Matt Emmert will join us from the Library facilities team, as well.

    Also, Mark Barcus spoke with Morgan Johnston to clarify the management of this project within the F&S structure.  He will confirm for Morgan that Mark Warner will manage the project from the Maintenance group, rather than a construction superintendent from the Construction group.

  8. Amy Liu is interested in talking with fraternities and sororities

    Amy Liu spoke with Morgan Johnston at the SSC working group kickoff meeting about reaching out to sororities and fraternities about reducing waste by using reusable water bottles.  Morgan provided Amy with contact info for Michelle Hart in the Student Services Building.  Amy also suggested the catchy phrase "Tap that" to associate their efforts with tap water. Morgan noted that she is still setting up the water fountain tour with the plumbing shop, hopefully for next week.

  9. Library excited about glass fillers

    Hi Morgan,

    That is fantastic news!  The Library has installed a few in the Main Library and has received numerous thanks for providing easy means for faculty, staff and students to fill drinking water containers. 

    Bill Mischo, Head Librarian - Grainger, Lori Mestre, Head Librarian - UGL and John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries will be very pleased.


    Many thanks to the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC)



    Work orders submitted for Grainger and the Undergrad Library (UGX).

  10. work orders submitted

    Work orders were submitted for the following locations:

    • Armory, floors 1 and 3
    • Wohlers Hall, floors 1 and 2
    • Loomis Lab, floors 1 and 2
    • Siebel Center, basement and floor 1
    • Natural Resources Building, floors 1 and 2

    The Housing location at Ikenberry Commons (actually called Student Dining and Residential Programs, SDRP) was discussed with John Humlicek, and they have already installed bottle fillers at that location.  They are also working to install one per floor of all residence halls.

    The Library locations have been shared with Jeff Schrader in the Library to get his input before installation proceeds.

  11. Morgan talks with Mark Warner in Plumbing Shop

    Mark Warner is the Plumbing Shop Foreman who will oversee the installations of these water fountain glass fillers.  Morgan gave him the preliminary priority list, discussed the work order methodology, and gave him the SSC funding requirements document.  The key points in the SSC funding requirements are (1) the funds must be spent by May 31, 2014, and (2) there must be at least 57 glass fillers installed with this funding.

    Morgan will submit one work order for each building. 

  12. meeting with Morgan and Amy

    Amy Liu and Morgan Johnston discussed the process for moving forward.

    1. Morgan will submit a work order to F&S installers.
    2. Morgan will schedule a tour of the proposed locations, with Amy, Morgan, and the F&S installation contact.
    3. F&S installers will proceed to install the glass fillers as quickly as possible, in the order previous identified.
    4. Amy will meet with the Illinois Student Senate, Environmental Sustainability Committee, to seek their attention to this project.
    5. Amy will continue working on the anti-water bottle campaign.


  13. List of Locations

    David Mischiu and Amy Liu met today to form a very basic list of priority buildings for filler installment. Additionally, they determined which floors for each building would be most useful to have them on. Here is the list, 1 indicating highest priority. 

    1. Undergraduate Library, floors 1 and ground level
    2. Grainger Library, all floors
    3. Ikenberry Commons, floor 1
    4. Armory, floors 1 and 3
    5. Wohlers Hall, floors 1 and 2
    6. Loomis Lab, floors 1 and 2
    7. Siebel Center, basement and floor 1
    8. Natural Resources Building, floors 1 and 2

    They still want to take a look a few more buildings in the quad. Whatever is surveyed from that might not even change the list presented already, but add to how this project could materialize in the future.

  14. Prioritizing locations

    Morgan reached out to Felicia Speranske to get a current contact with the ISS for this project.  The funding was delayed, arriving in late June, rather than mid May, and this project is waiting for a list of priority locations to begin installation.  Morgan also sent an email to Damani Bolden the Illinois Student Senate (ISS) president.

  15. Glass Filler Retrofit_Funding Award and Acceptance

    By providing convenient bottle filling stations at water fountains in several heavily-trafficked campus buildings and libraries, the goal of this project was to wean the student body off of plastic water bottle consumption, lower campus waste generation, and encourage students, faculty, staff, and visitors to adopt environmentally-conscious habits. A marketing campaign called “Tap That” was coordinated to publicize the project and educate the campus community about the numerous benefits of reusable water bottles. In total, the project expenses were $15,160.

  16. Earth Week 2013 website

    earth2.jpgEarth Week 2013

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be celebrating Earth Week on April 20-26. Earth Week is a time to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment, sustainable living and earth awareness. 

    Several exciting activities are being planned for the week. We hope you will join us in celebrating!



    All Week

    The One Shirt National Collegiate Clothing Challenge - The ARC and CRCE will be collecting clothing to be donated to local charities!

    Saturday, April 20

    8:00am-12:00n: Countywide Residential Electronics Collection
    The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, Champaign (access to the Distribution Center is at the intersection of North Market Street and Olympian Drive)
    Got an old TV, computer monitor, or other electronic items not being used anymore?  Area residents are invited to bring old or unwanted electronic items to the upcoming Countywide Residential Electronics Collection to have these items responsibly recycled or refurbished.  Several teams of community service volunteers will be on hand to unload electronic items from residents’ vehicles.  No fees will be collected from persons dropping off items. Information about the upcoming collection on April 20 is available on the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) website at  Persons may also contact CCRPC at 217-328-3313 with questions about the collection.

    12:00n-2:00pm: Campus and Community Day of Service
    Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Champaign

    Members of the local community and University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students will join forces to kick off National Volunteer Week 2013, which will take place from April 21-27. One project that is already being planned involves packaging 146,000 meals - one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered - for local foodbanks to be distributed to needy families in Champaign-Urbana. The University's National Soybean Research Laboratory created the recipe in-house, so it's an "Illinois" meal. Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the food packaging project, so we are volunteering as a group for the 12 ' 2 p.m. time slot. We would love for you, your family and friends, or colleagues to join us. (Children 12 and up are eligible to participate). Contact Laura Bleill for more information and to register your company; we will register as a group.

    2:00-4:00pm: "Blooms, Not Butts"
    The UI Wellness Center and Masters of Public Health program are organizing a cigarette litter cleanup project. Volunteers will pick up litter and distribute flowers and cards, emphasizing two benefits of campus going smoke-free: beautification of our surroundings, and a cleaner environment for all. After the collection, students will build creative displays out of the litter in a live contest at the Environmental Expo (April 23, from 11am-2pm in the Union Courtyard Café). Cash prizes and more will be awarded. We are still looking for volunteers for both the pickup and the display contest! Contact Paula Chmiel at to volunteer at the pickup; submit ideas for a chance to be chosen for the contest here: More info:


    Sunday, April 21

    11:00am-1:00pm: Exit Signs Scavenger Hunt
    Meet at Engineering Plaza, between Everett and Engineering Hall
    We will show you how to spot incandescent-lighted Exit Signs and equip you with blueprints of what signs to check for these incandescent lights. The "training" should takes than ten minutes, and then you can be on your way! Bring some friends and compete to see who can find the most or use it as an excuse to explore a building you've never been in before! Then, celebrate a job well done of "greening" campus by enjoying some delicious pizza! For more information please contact Becca Nothof at


    Monday, April 22 (Earth Day)

    12:00n: Town Hall Meeting
    Beckman Auditorium 
    We encourage you to attend the upcoming Town Hall meeting on April 22 at noon in the Beckman Auditorium.
    Our plan at this meeting is to share a vision and set of strategic actions for Illinois. These actions were developed based on the Chancellor's year-long listening and learning tour and the recent campuswide Visioning Future Excellence process. As you know, higher education is at a crossroads and we must be ready to embrace and lead change. We believe the plan we are developing will increase the impact, excellence, and visibility of our institution. What we do now will position the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for success for the next 20-50 years.

    2:00-5:00pm: Campus Sustainability Symposium
    Illini Union, Rooms A&B, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    .Presentations and Poster Session, light refreshments

    6:30-8:00pm: Green Cleaning Workshop - Learn how to make your own green cleaning supplies!
    Illini Union, room C, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    Student participants will be given "recipes" to make green cleaning items and will be able to take home what they make. The event is aimed to teach students how to make environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies and give information on resources for moving out of their apartment. Sponsored by the Tenant Union.

    7:30pm: Movie "Dr. Seuss's The Lorax" 
    On The Quad (ARC Auditorium rainy day backup)


    Tuesday, April 23

    11:00am-2:00pm: Environmental Expo
    Illini Union, Courtyard Café, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 
    Campus Environmental groups and various activities like planter pot painting and seeds to plant

    12:00n: Center for a Sustainable Environment Director Presentation
    2311 Newmark
    William Sullivan says he gets to wake up every morning and do things he loves. Through his research, teaching, and engagement, he helps create a healthier, more sustainable world. Sullivan is Professor of Landscape Architecture and leads the Sustainability and Health laboratory at the University of Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Environment and Behavior. Sullivan is immediate Past President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and just finished 3 terms (6 years) as a member of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Science, Research, and Medicine.  He is an active member of the University’s Education Justice Project and lead the Environmental Council at Illinois from 2003 to 2008. Sullivan teaches courses on Environmental Sustainability, the Built Environment and Human Health, and Human Factors in Design. You can visit his website at: There will be pizza at 11:30.

    5:00-7:00pm: Joint Open House -- Champaign County Greenways & Trails Plan Update / Illinois Bike Transportation Plan
    Illinois Terminal City View, 4th Floor, 45 E. University Avenue, Champaign 
    CCRPC will be hosting the second public meeting for the Champaign County Greenways & Trails Plan update; and Alta Planning+Design will be present regarding the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan, which is the bicycle element of IDOT’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Stop by anytime there is no formal presentation or agenda, just stay as little or as long as you like.For more information: Web: or

    6:30pm: Your Environmental Road Trip screening - (YERT)
    University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign


    Wednesday, April 24

    11:00am-3:00pm: Biker Blender Smoothies!
    Anniversary Plaza (in between the Quad and the Union)

    11:30am-1:30pm: Building Systems Thinking on the Front Lines of Sustainability: Project-Based Teaching Approaches and an Online Data Sharing Tool
    NCSA, 1205 W. Clark, room 1040, Urbana, IL
    Systems thinking, understanding the interconnections among environmental, social and economic components, is critical to advancing progress on sustainability challenges. Developing systems thinking requires a deep understanding of the complexity of sustainability issues that can only be gained by studying real-world situations. Helping students learn how to frame open-ended, real-world projects is challenging, and doing so within the context of scattered information and data from multiple community partners is even more so. This workshop will highlight approaches, successes, and learning lessons from a two-year effort to develop interdisciplinary project-based coursework in Champaign, Chicago, and Chennai, India. An online tool called Medici, developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications for sharing diverse data and information collections, will also be demonstrated. Opportunities for future class and research projects to build upon these data and information collections in the future will be explored with participants.
    Registration is required. Lunch will be provided

    9:00-10:30pm: Benefit Concert/Open Mic Night
    Red Herring, 1209 W. Oregon, Urbana
    Featured bands include Illini Contraband, Justin Ronton, and Mischief Makers!


    Thursday, April 25

    11:00am-3:00pm: AgroEcology and Sustainable Agriculture Symposium 
    Illini Union, 1401 W. Green Street, room 314A, Urbana
    The University of Illinois Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP)
    will host a special symposium entitled "Understanding and Addressing the
    Anti-GE Critique."
    "This year we decided our annual Earth Day event would attempt to answer students' questions about GE plants. Inquiring minds want to know what all the fuss is about," said Michelle Wander, symposium organizer, ASAP director, and professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. "Some believe GE plants are essential contributors to sustainable agriculture, enabling huge gains in productivity and efficiency by preventing pest problems and alleviating the need to treat them; others see GE as a technology that concentrates control of agriculture and reduces consumer choice, making us use more resources to achieve diminishing returns. We recognize that this is a complex subject and hope many views are shared," Wander said. 
    The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but is encouraged. To register, visit Presentations will be given by four speakers followed by a panel. 

    6:00-8:00pm: Champaign-Urbana Green Initiatives Social Event
    Escobar's Restaurant, 6 E. Columbia, Champaign
    Come celebrate Earth Week with fellow earth-friendly folks. During the evening, we will hear updates on Champaign's possible bag ordinance (Councilwoman Deb Feinen), the Mahomet Aquifer Sole Source Aquifer Petition (Champaign Assistant Attorney Joe Hooker), the Urbana Climate Action Plan and other sustainability initiatives (Urbana Mayor Prussing), and the state bill to establish hydrofracking regulations (tbd).  In addition to our special-topic guests, we will also be inviting members of the Urbana and Champaign city councils and General Assembly representatives.  This is a great opportunity to meet our local policymakers and have conversations about important, local environmental issues.  Free appetizers will be provided but drinks are on your own. This event is co-sponsored by Sierra Club, Prairie Rivers Network, Faith in Place, and Audubon Society.  Hope you can join us! 

    6:30-9:30pm - CyclingSavvy Course - Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling
    Natural Resources Building, Room 101, 615 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign (Enter through South East Doors)
    Free and open to all 15 years and older, regardless of cycling experience.
    Using guided discussion along with photos, illustrations, animations and videos, this classroom course provides all the knowledge you need to drive your bike safely and confidently in traffic. Knowledge of the Law covers the legal rights and responsibilities of cyclists. Knowledge of Bicycling Safety shows that cycling is safe and that understanding the causes of bicycle crashes and how to avoid them makes cycling safer still. Knowledge of Traffic Cycling Problem Solving examines a variety of traffic cycling situations (including local video) and how a savvy cyclist negotiates them.
    For more information, see


    Friday, April 26

    12:00n: Sustainable Innovations Seminar Series "American Energy Policy and Other Funny Stories" presented by Michael Webber, University of Austin, TX
    Illini Union, room C, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by Thursday, April 18.
    This talk will share funny anecdotes and revealing conundrums from four decades of sub-optimal US energy policy.  It begins with an overview of global energy trends, with a particular focus on the history and evolving role of US energy production and consumption.  Part entertainment and part college lecture, this talk has some surprising points of view, mythbusting revelations, and fun facts scattered along the way about the dysfunctional world of modern policy-making.  It includes an overview of the latest developments in the energy sector (such as the revolution in fracking, and the recent price drops for solar panels), and closes with optimism that despite a determination by policymakers to worsen the situation, the energy outlook is quite rosy anyway.

    4:00pm: Sustainable Foods Discussion and Picnic!
    Illini Grove Shelter House
    featuring numerous U of I professors from all fields



    Center for a Sustainable Environment, Student Sustainability Committee, Student Sustainability Committee, Activites and Recreation Center, Illini Union, Facilities & Services, Grounds Division, University Housing, UI Wellness Center, Espresso Royale, Big Grove Restaurant, and the Tenant Union.

  17. Animal Sciences A/C Center

    Associated Project(s): 

    As part of the Lighting Retrofit #5, 50 T-12 fixtures in the Animal Sciences A/C Center were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 7,884  hours. The simple payback for this project is 3.56 years.

  18. University Press

    Associated Project(s): 

    As part of the Lighting Retrofit #5, 488 T-12 fixtures in the University Press Building were replaced with more energy-efficient T-8 fixtures. This switch will incur an Annual kWh Savings of 76,948 hours. The simple payback for this project is 3.64 years.