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  1. Eco-Olympics update

    Associated Project(s): 

    Eco-Olympics is off to a great start to our 2017 competition! In order to increase student participation, we created a prize for the hall with the highest amount of participation. We have 11 buildings in the competition and 110 total number of students signed up to participate. You are invited you to look at the current results by going to the following page:

  2. Final week, finish strong!

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello everyone!

    We have one week left, it's time to kick into overdrive! Here are some reminders:

    • Hosting short events like study hours are easy, require little set up, and allow you to inform a ton of residents about Eco-Olympics.
    • There is a participation award this year. Even if your hall is doing so hot conserving energy, there is more than one way to win!
      • Post picture to our FB page, get people to sign up, hold events!
    • SHIRTS! Shirts are a great way to advertise the competition at events. Let me know if you need yours!

    Check out the results here: Right here!

    Here is the current sign up standings:


    Let's make this year amazing! Attached our energy saving tips you can post around your hall. Just print them off and tape them up!


    Jessica Mondello
    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally.

  3. 1 Week Done!

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Eco-Olympic followers!

    I encourage you all to add us on Facebook ! Teams are encouraged to post pictures throughout the competition so you can all follow along!

    Check out how your hall and others are doing at this link  . Starting Tuesday, you can go to and click on your hall to find the results.

    Below are the current results for sign up participation. Way to go Allen Hall!


    Attached Files: 
  4. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Final review of Illini Lights Out (ILO) recommendation;

    2) Scott Willenbrock visiting April 14 meeting;

    3) Updates:

    - iCAP Portal.  Work of Morgan and Chenxi Jiang;

    - Earth Hour photo;

    - Eco-Olympics;

    - Green Lab Coordinator

    4) SWATeam next meeting time and date:  April 13th, from 3:30 to 5 pm. 

  5. Let the games begin!

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hey all!

    The competition has begun! It will run until 4/17. We are close to having the live results up so you can check how your hall is doing. I'll send out a link when that is complete.

    You are competing for a catered banquet or a $200-500 prize of your choice. Start saving energy, signing people up for Eco-Olympics, and having events.

    For your convenience, I have attached the participation outline that specifies how to win points for that $200-500 prize.

    Reach out with any questions and good luck!


    Jessica Mondello

    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally.

    Attached Files: 
  6. Rates of participation in Eco-Olympics by residence hall

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Eco-Olympic followers!

    It's not too late to sign up! For those who have their team up and running, I highly encourage you all to meet before spring break begins. Once we get back, the competition is on! If you let me know the time and place, I can bring shirts to hand out.

    Here is the count of participants signed up for each hall:

    Remember that each person signed up gives your one point towards the participation price! Have some tabling events to get people interested!


    Jessica Mondello
    Eco-Olympics | Director

    Think Globally. Act Locally.


  7. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Discussion of recommendation process as developed and described in the iCAP;

    2) Illini Lights Out final planning for 10th of February;

    3) Update on fume hood work;

    4) North America Laboratory Freezer Challenge update;   5) Planning for Earth Week.        






  8. Eco-Olympics information and application requests

    Associated Project(s): 

    It’s time for promoting and encouraging energy conservation in the halls through Eco-Olympics energy competition, we are displaying the coveted trophy in various locations around housing starting this week through the end of the competition. The grand prize, a catered banquet is secured and awaiting the winning hall!

    New to this year’s competition!

    1)      We are asking Chancellor Jones to be the signatory for the leadership certificates this year.

    2)      We are also supporting a participation prize of $200-$500 for the hall with the most and best participation efforts, your thoughts on this and more on that in a minute.

    3)      All Eco-Olympics meetings will be held at your individual hall, accommodating busy schedules and making it easier to attend.

    4)      Housing is helping with marketing support for the competition and individual halls.

    5)      We have been working with campus utilities to identify meters that are impacted by students and only recording energy usage from these meters to better gauge the teams efforts.

    Is your hall competing? 
    If you have not seen, flyers posted, group meetings held, plans for participation events or heard conversation about Eco-Olympics it is time to stir the pot and get your residents in contact with us.

    • Committed Halls areAllen, LAR, Busey-Evans, FAR, and ISR (Wardall)
    • Halls that have expressed interest (someone signed up but has not followed up with email communication): Bousfield, Barton, Lundgren and Nugent

    This leaves us with nine (9) buildings competing at various levels of effort, we are shooting for 12-15 buildings this year and would like your help in making this happen?

    If your hall is not listed as “committed” help us get the word out by contacting us, we will make arrangements for a  presentation/recruiting opportunity and marketing materials to be distributed.

    Your input is Greatly appreciated, this year we are measuring participation efforts and awarding a financial incentive (between $200-$500) to the hall with the highest level of participation. This will be measured by number of team member’s signup with Eco-Olympics from each hall, number of events held in the hall, and number of participants at each event, verified through organization representatives, and photos of the event.
    What we would like from you is to let us know your thoughts on the idea of motivating participation with a $200-$500 incentive for your residents. This prize could be used for the students in any way they like, of course we would encourage it to be used for sustainability and energy conservation efforts, but that would not be mandatory.

    We are looking forward to our best and biggest competition ever!


    Thank  you 
    Paul Foote

    Think Globally. Act Locally.

  9. ECBS SWATeam meeting minutes

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Associate Director for Campus Sustainability at iSEE replacement;

    2) Status of recommendation for Green Lab Coordinator;

    3) Discussion: How the SWATeam recommendation process working for us;

    4) FYI: Discussions are ongoing on campus about higher expectations for building standards;

    5) Illini Light Out” will transition to iSEE and dates for the rest of the year;

    6) Certified Green Office Program. How ECBS SWATeam can promote this;

    7) Status updates: 2017 Freezer Challenge and Eco-Olympics Planning.


  10. ECBS SWATeam Meeting Minutes

    At the ECBS SWATeam meeting this week, Sam Wilson, a grad student in Communication, presented his ongoing research efforts on fume hood behaviors, which will tie into the development of our Green Labs Initiative.  Big Picture Recommendation discussion continued as the team worked on making clear connections to iCAP 2015 in the document, which is set to be submitted by the end of next week.  The online Energy Dashboard has been updated, courtesy of Mike Marquissee.  Eco-Olympics results indicated competing buildlings across campus achieved up to a 10.6% reduction in energy usage (Lundgren Hall).  Grad student Anna Tanaglia presented the success of public speaking sections (CMN 101) that focused on campus sustainability; students seemed to enjoy these topics and some have expressed interest in getting more involved in campus sustainability efforts.  Claudia presented a social marketing campaign class project on student involvement in campus sustainability efforts, the findings of which may guide future campus engagement efforts.

    Attached Files: 
  11. Newsletter January 2015

    Associated Project(s): 

    Come join us for our first general meeting of the semester! Several students who attended the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this past November will be discussing various education sessions they attended. These sessions cover a wide range of metrics in the realm of sustainability, so you definitely do not want to miss out!

    We will also be giving a general run-down of our events and projects for this semester, including the 3rd annual Student Sustainability Initiatives Symposium (SSIS), our LEGO LEED Engineering Open House project, LEED Study Sessions, and much more!

    As always, food will be provided! The meeting will be Wednesday, January 27th at 5pm in Newmark 2311

    Contact Dhara Patel at dhara.x.patel @ if you have any questions!


    Projects Chair position available!

    Interested in joining our USGBC Students UIUC team? We are currently looking for a Projects Chair to run our Projects Team! This person will be in charge of running various sustainability and green building projects in the C-U area, such as Engineering Open House, Campus Conservation Nationals, and more! This is a great position for those interested in obtaining networking and leadership experience in a casual setting.

    If YOU are interested in this position, please attend our general meeting on Wednesday and talk to one of the board members indicating your interest! If you cannot make the meeting, please email our organization account at!



    USGBC Students membership is $10 for the semester and $15 for the year. Only members can attend Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, run for Executive Board positions, apply for Intern and Chair Positions, and participate in non-meeting activities that require funding. Members also receive a $10 discount for LEED Study Sessions!

    As a new additional benefit, becoming a member will give you access to the official US Green Building Council internal "Facebook": National Field. This is an invaluable resource that will allow you to network with USGBC staff in Washington D.C., all state and regional chapters, and USGBC members across the nation.

    Contact John Shapely at jshaple2 @ to become a member!


  12. Big10 Unplugged

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Big Ten Unplugged!

    I registered our group today with the following schools and tentative dates:

    • UNL - Nebraska tentative dates are Feb 25 - Mar 17
    • Penn State tentative dates are Mar 16 - Apr 6
    • University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign tentative dates are Feb 21 - Mar 14
    • U of Minn - Twin Cities tentative dates Feb 23 - Mar 16    
    • Ohio State University Feb 16 - Mar 9
    • Michigan State University Feb 2-23

    We're good to go but still on the lookout for a traveling trophy. If you happen to have something we could use, please let me know. 

    Best of luck in your competition and we'll reconnect in early May when the winners are announced. 


    Stacey White
    Sustainability Coordinator

    University Services

    University of Minnesota

    Office: 612-624-3285

  13. Eco-Olympics update

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Jessica Mondello []
    Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:09 AM
    Cc: Aj Unander USGBC; Yeung, Brian Silu; Alston, Brianna Rachelle; McConnell, Claire Ellen; Saerang, Estherlita Angelica; Canteiro Reis Sobral, Francisco; Kim, Christine H; Mondello, Jessica Rae; Ross, Karoline Jeanne; Kyle Solner USGBC; Filipiuk, Magdalena; Nishant Makhijani USGBC; Foote, Gerard Paul; Jacoby, Rachel Aryn; Sun, Siyang; Johnson, Rory M
    Subject: Meeting Recap

    Hello Eco-Olympics team,

    This will be a bit of repeat from the last email, but just bare with me:


    • February 22nd - March 14th


    • Amber Flight is another potential band to play for our benefit concert
    • Engineering Council is another source to look at for funding
    • We're looking for an RSO that advertises/markets other RSOs, we were having trouble coming up with a name for them


    • Build Eco-Olympics organizational team
    • Continue recruiting persons or RSO's

    Attached below is a document explaining the responsibilities of each member of the organization team. It also has some other useful information about the competition. If you have any confusions what so ever, please ask me!

    Have a lovely week,

    Jessica Mondello

    Eco-Olympics | President


    icon_11_document_list.png Responsibilities of Organizational Team, CCN 2015

  14. CCN plans from Eco-Olympics

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Jessica Mondello []
    Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 7:36 PM
    Cc: Yeung, Brian Silu; Mondello, Jessica Rae; McConnell, Claire Ellen; Aj Unander; Canteiro Reis Sobral, Francisco; Jacoby, Rachel Aryn; Sun, Siyang; Kim, Christine H; Saerang, Estherlita Angelica; Ross, Karoline Jeanne; Foote, Gerard Paul
    Subject: Eco-Olympics Meeting Recap

    Hey guys!

    I want to thank all of you who could make it the meeting. I'm so excited to see Eco-Olympics do bigger and better things this year!

    Here is a short recap of what we discussed:

    • Overview of Campus Conservation Nationals
    • Establishing organization team
      • If you're interested in being apart of organizing, let me know what position/s you are interested in! Spread the word!
    • Recruiting building captains
    • Reaching out to RSOs
      • RSO sponsor a building
      • Individuals from RSO
    • Talking in front of relevant classes
    • Speaking to RAs or other leaders on campus
    • They both have a huge following on campus and will be a great resource
    • APO Service Fraternity and Student Sustainability Committee

    Attached to this email:

    • Position descriptions/responsibilities
      • These are just examples of things you could do.
    • An information sheet that can be sent to RSOs/interested folks

    As of now, the next meeting will be October 20, 2014 at 8 PM in the UGL.

    Thanks again!

    Jessica Mondello

    Eco-Olympics | President

    Attached Files: 
  15. Big10 Unplugged

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Big10 Unplugged! 

    I believe I have everyone on/off the list as requested but we have have any updates or other schools to invite, please let me know. 

    I'm hoping to schedule a phone conference after the AASHE conference for a quick check in on this year's Big10 Unplugged challenge. Please use this link: to indicate your availability. Please convert your time to Central Standard Time. 

    You do not need to create an account. Just type your first name and click sign in. The click and drag to highlight times you are available. Hopefully scheduling this far in advance will give us at least a 30 minute block of time when everyone is available. Be sure to convert your time to Central Standard Time. 

    Sign up for CCN before the deadline on November 7th.  You'll need to be signed up for CCN in order to participate in Big10 Unplugged. 

    Attached is our logo. Feel free to use in your communications and promotions. 

    Thanks and reach out to me at anytime with questions, 


  16. ActGreen joins Eco-Olympics efforts

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    My name is Rachel Jacoby. I am the Philanthropy Chair for ActGreen, the first green business organization at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. We are interested in co-sponsoring this event by promoting it on our social media sites, providing volunteers, and helping to organize it. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.


    Rachel Jacoby

  17. Penn State wins Big Ten CCN competition

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Big Ten CCN competitors! 

    CCN officially ended on April 25th and the results were published yesterday. Congratulations to Penn State University on taking the lead of Big Ten Unplugged with an overall 3.3% electricity reduction during the competition. Penn State University was also a winner in the poster category.  

    Taking 2nd place was Ohio State University with a 3.1% reduction. 3rd place goes to University of Wisconsin - Madison with a 2.2% reduction. Congrats to our top 3 Big Ten Unplugged winners! 

    I'd like to propose that we continue a Big Ten Challenge in the future not only for CCN but any nationwide competition focused on resource reduction. I will propose a meeting for us some time in late summer to outline what future competitions within Big Ten might look like. 


    Stacey White
    Sustainability Coordinator

    University Services

    University of Minnesota

    Office: 612-624-3285

    Cell: 612-978-0843

    Fax: 612-625-4133


  18. Final Report

    Associated Project(s): 


    The closing report is attached for your review.

    The celebration for Barton (and the organization team) is May 7th in Clark hall rooms A&B from 6-7 pm,

    The trophies are ordered and scheduled to be given to building team captains at the celebration.

    ~Paul Foote

    Attached Files: 
  19. Ohio states final comment and website hits report

    Associated Project(s): 

    Fellow Big Ten CCN participants,

    OSU is hoping to benchmark our results against our peer institutions, not for marketing, but as an internal measurement.  Lucid was kind enough to provide our website hits when we asked them to.  I’d like to share with the group this information in hopes that you’ll share yours with us. 

    We had 8 halls competing with a combined 5000 or so residents.  Results of our website hits are in the attached CSV file.  Competition dates were 2/10-3/3.  This is our first year, and we’re hoping to do better in the future, of course.