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  1. iWG meeting agenda March 30, 2016

  2. iWG meeting meeting March 30, 2016

  3. iWG meeting agenda February 16, 2016

  4. iWG meeting minutes February 16, 2016

  5. iWG meeting agenda August 28, 2015

  6. iWG meeting minutes August 28, 2015

  7. update from Ben McCall

    Dear SWATeam Members,

    Attached please find what we're calling version 2 of the 2015 iCAP. This is a mostly complete document that represents a synthesis of all of your teams' contributions into a consistent format, together with some additions from the iCAP Working Group and its subcommittee the iCAP Drafting Committee.

    We'd like to ask each of you to read through the entire document -- both so you have a good sense of the context your chapter is placed in, and also because you may well spot problems in other chapters. Please send any comments on other chapters to the relevant SWATeam (email addresses can be found in the headers of this message), or to me for chapters 1, 2, and 9.

    We ask that each of your SWATeams discuss your chapters amongst yourselves, with any other relevant stakeholders on campus (for example, units that would be impacted by the recommendations), and also with your consultation group members (or folks who volunteered to serve on your consultation group).  Please especially note the comments and questions from iWG members and others that are noted in the file.  You should feel free to correct any errors we have introduced, and re-insert any important points we might have inadvertently omitted.  Please also take this opportunity to improve the flow of the language where needed, as we have not attempted to polish the language.

    For consistency, please continue to use active verbs and "should"-type language for Objectives [which represent the items campus will hold itself accountable for], and use "could"-type language for Potential Strategies [which are to be considered as possible ways to meet the objectives, not as objectives themselves].

    Finally, and this is a big one, we'd like to ask you to provide within your chapter a cost estimate for each recommendation, along with the estimated payback (if any) in either financial or emissions terms. 

    These numbers, even if they are rough, will be incredibly useful to the Sustainability Council in evaluating the overall cost commitment of this plan, and also to iSEE and the administration as we prioritize campus efforts in response to the plan.  If there are certain things you need help in generating estimates for, please let me know and I'll try to get you in touch with folks who may be able to help.

    We realize we are asking for a lot, and the timeline is also fairly short.  We really need to receive your revised chapters by January 24, so that they can be reviewed by the iCAP Working Group in time to go out for public comment in February.  That, in turn, is necessary so that we can secure Sustainability Council approval in March, and have the iCAP signed by the Chancellor before Earth Day.

    We can discuss all of this in detail on Thursday morning, but I hope you'll have a chance to read through the document beforehand.

    Thanks so much for all you have already done, and all you are doing to shape the future of our campus!

    Cheers,

    Ben

    <<link to draft file>>

    P.S. Yesterday we had the first meeting of the Sustainability Council (with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans, et al.) and we received very good feedback on the work that you've all been doing!

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    Professor Benjamin J. McCall

    Associate Director for Campus Sustainability Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus-sustainability@illinois.edu

  8. Update from Ben McCall

    Dear SWATeam Members,

    First of all, thank you so much for the very thoughtful input for the revised Illinois Climate Action Plan!  The iCAP Working Group is currently in the process of folding everything together into a consistent format, and reviewing the recommendations.  Our hope is that by the 21st or shortly thereafter, we will have a fairly complete draft to circulate to you for your feedback.  We'll need to ask you for a quick review, as we will be presenting the next draft to the Sustainability Council on December 8th for their comments. [We will hold a public comment period in January, and then we are targeting Sustainability Council approval in March, and Chancellor approval in April.]

    Second, I wanted to encourage your teams (if you have not already done so) to begin whatever process you think makes sense for constituting your Consultation Groups.  I know that at least one team (Energy Generation) has begun this process, but I suspect others have not, since we've been receiving inquiries from interested participants wondering when they will be contacted.

    Third, I'd like to remind you that in some sense the work of the SWATeams is just beginning...we are counting on your teams to make specific recommendations for new policies or actions that campus units should be undertaking to meet our iCAP goals.  I attach the template that should be used for these recommendations; completed templates can be submitted to me via email at any time.  Please bear in mind that formal SWATeam recommendations are public documents that will be posted on the iSEE website.

    Thanks again for all of your help in making our campus more sustainable!

    Cheers,

    Ben

  9. note to SWATeams

    Dear SWATeams,

    The iCAP Drafting Committee is now in the process of synthesizing your chapters into a complete draft of the 2015 iCAP for review by the iCAP Working Group.  Once the iWG has reviewed it, we will share it with all of you to get your feedback as well.

    If you have any further edits to your draft chapters, please submit them by the end of the day on Thursday.  Of course we would welcome additional comments after that deadline if your teams garner new insights, but those should be submitted as separate lists of bulleted comments rather than incorporated into your chapter (where they might get lost in our editing process).

    Thanks for all of your hard work!

    Cheers,

    Ben

  10. October 30 meeting

    iCAP Working GroupThursday, October 30, 2014358 NSRC, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

    1. Discussion with Kent Reifsteck, Director of Utilities & Energy Services Division, regarding campus energy and the Wind PPA
    2. Unmet targets from 2010 iCAP
    3. Overview of iCAP Forum and SWAT Team Recommendations
    4. Discussion of timeline for completing 2015 iCAP
    5. Other business

     

    Attached Files: 
  11. Thanks for a great iCAP Forum

    Dear SWATeam Members,

    What a fantastic forum we had on Wednesday...great turnout and great discussion!  Thanks so much for all your hard work and for the nice presentations!

    As a reminder, the iCAP Working Group has asked that each SWATeam provide a draft chapter for the iCAP by the end of this month (which is coming up fast on Friday).

    The iWG is meeting this Thursday to begin discussing the drafts.  We will likely begin with Water and Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling, since we've already received those two.  [If other teams have sent me draft chapters, I must have misplaced them, so please remind me.]

    The iWG is under a tight timeline to synthesize all of these drafts into a complete document by year's end (and we are hoping to include some public comment opportunities during that period), so I hope you will all be able to meet the October 31 deadline.  [If you need a little extra time, please let me know as soon as possible.]

    Thanks again!

    Ben

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    Professor Benjamin J. McCall

    Associate Director for Campus Sustainability Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

  12. Update from Ben McCall

    Dear SWATeam Members,

    First, I want to formally invite each of you to attend the iCAP Forum from 1-4 on October 22.  Below I append more details, along with an RSVP link.

    Second, I wanted to remind you that your team's recommendations for the 2015 iCAP should be presented by one (or more) of you during this Forum.  Please let me know who will be presenting for your team.

    Finally, please remember that the iCAP Working Group (iWG) requests your recommendations in written form by the end of October, using the format of the example chapter attached to this message.  The iWG will then synthesize the recommendations from all of the teams, along with the public input from the iCAP Forum, into a draft of the 2015 iCAP.  I expect we'll be sharing that draft with you all as soon as it's available to solicit your feedback.

    Thanks again for all of your help as we plan for a more sustainable campus!

    Cheers,

    Ben
     

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