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  1. 10/16 Zero Waste SWATeam Meeting

    Attached are the meeting minutes and chat from the Zero Waste SWATeam meeting on 10/16.

    Discussed were the following topics:

    Reducing Food Waste

    • Post-consumer food waste prevention
    • Post-consumer food waste recovery

    Vending Machine Alternatives to Single-use plastics

    Plastic Recovery

    Single Use Plastics

    Illini Union Shadowbox attachment

    Food Literacy Project

     

  2. links for resources

    The Zero Waste SWATeam met 10-02-2020 to discuss the iCAP 2020 objectives for Zero Waste, and one of the topics was regarding the new objective for implementing a Food Literacy Project in campus dining halls. Team members identified a few resources that could be helpful in implementing this project:

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jiec.12923

    https://dining.harvard.edu/food-literacy-project

    "Modelling nutrient flows in a simplified local food-energy-water system": https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344918300818

     

     

  3. 10/2 Zero Waste SWATeam Meeting

    Attached are the meeting minutes and chat log for the Zero Waste SWATeam meeting on 2 October at 4PM.

    Also attached are resources for the conversation surrounding vending machine alternatives. 

    The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

    • Introductions
    • Announcements
      • Sustainability Celebration Information
        • Student member involvement
      • SSC Working Group Meeting Invitation
    • iCAP 2020 Objectives Assessment
      • Team Members assigned objectives.
      • Deadline for member contributions is 10/9 at noon.
    • Refresher
        • America To Go Sustainability criteria

          • SWATeam can provide help in determining appropriate sustainability criteria to include.
        • Vending Machine Single Use Plastics Alternatives Discussion
          • Working through various points of consideration.
          • Tabled discussion.
      • SWATeam charge letters

      • ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program - Successful

        Dr. Evan DeLucia, Director of iSEE, sent Meredith Moore the following email: 
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        Good morning, Meredith

        I’ve had a chance to review the iWG recommendations and discuss them with iSEE leadership. Both recommendations, the Environmental Leadership Program and Student Sustainability Ambassadors are creative, will provide students with new opportunities to engage in sustainability learning, and will have a positive impact on our iCAP goals.

        The iWG should be aware that we are launching test modules as part of the leadership program this fall semester. iSEE has hired a coordinator to develop several learning modules, likely full day programs, on topics such as ‘environmental communications’ and ‘effective interviewing strategies’. We will use these modules to recruit faculty into the program, build partnerships, evaluate financial expenses, and evaluate student interest. If all goes well, these modules will serve as the components of full program. Once we have a better sense of the curriculum, we can also initiate fund raising activities.

        The ambassadors program has real promise to advance campus’ iCAP goals and to more fully engage students in sustainability activities. That said, iSEE is not prepared to launch this program at this time. Not for lack of merit, but rather for lack of bandwidth. To properly launch the leadership program mentioned above is a significant undertaking and we want to make sure we do it well. While iSEE is not prepared to launch this program at this time, we will take an initial step to explore its viability by discussing the proposed course offering with NRES.

        Please extend my thanks to the iWG and the SWATeams for their dedication to making Illinois more sustainable.
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        iSEE is working on developing a plan for implementing this program.

        See transmittal of ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program here.
        See iWG assessment of ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program here. 
        See SWATeam recommendation of ZW001 of Student Sustainability Ambassador Program here. 

      • ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program - Transmitted

        Following the completion of the iWG assessment for ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program, the recommendation was transmitted to Evan DeLucia, Director of iSEE, on June 9, 2020.

        See the iWG assessment ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program attached. 
        See the SWATeam recommendation ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program.

         

        Attached Files: 
      • ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program - Submitted

        The Zero Waste SWATeam made the following recommendation on 4/3/2020: 

        We are recommending a pilot program for what we are calling the Student Sustainability Ambassadors initiative. The main idea is to have teams assigned to buildings – one team per building - on campus with student volunteers playing a central role in these teams. Other members of each team: the Building Manager, one or two Zero Waste Contacts in each building (i.e. staff or faculty volunteers in each building from a list of campus contacts that the ZW Coordinator will put together with a view to promoting ZW.)

        The focus of each team: all aspects that are relevant to whether a building is being operated sustainably with attention to the actions of people in the building. This includes reducing waste, increasing recycling, sustainable purchasing, natural landscaping, energy use, amount of printing that is done, and so on. A large focus will be placed on relating these components to the iCAP goals and objectives.

        Student Sustainability Ambassadors will speak with people who work in the building about issues they notice and about how they use the building. They will work to quantify waste/energy/resources used/etc. in their assigned building. They will help to inform people in the assigned building about all matters pertaining to sustainability including issues at the campus level, in particular the goals of iSEE and F&S. They will also work to provide solutions to problems they identify in their buildings.

        Attached is the SWATeam recommendation ZW001 Student Sustainability Ambassador Program with comments from the Zero Waste SWATeam.

      • Zero Waste SWATeam Meeting: 27 March 2020

        Attached are the meeting minutes from the Zero Waste SWATeam meeting on 27 March 2020.

        The agenda is as follows:

        March Formal Recommendations

        • America To Go Catering Sustainability Criteria
        • Aluminum Vending Machine Replacement
        • Student Sustainability Ambassadors

        April Agenda

        Recommendations for next round of submissions?

        • Any pertinent topics?
        • Staff/faculty Ethics training update?
        Attached Files: 
      • Zero Waste SWATeam Meeting: 6 March 2020

        Associated Project(s): 

        Attached are the meeting minutes from the Zero Waste SWATeam meeting on 6 March 2020. 

        The agenda for the meeting was as follows:

        Updates

        • Finder, Sustainability Catering (America To Go)
        • M. Liberman and R. McKim Student Sustainability Ambassadors

        March Recommendations Selection

        • Student Sustainability Ambassadors
        • America To Go Sustainability Criteria
        • Aluminum Vending Machine Conversion

        Future Recommendation Ideas

        • Plastic Bag Recycling
        • Plastic Bag Ban
        • Elimination of Single-use Plastic from Food Providers
        • Glass Recycling 
        • Solar Panel Recycling/Reuse Program
        • Sustainable Utensils and Dishes
        Attached Files: 
      • Zero Waste SWATeam Meeting: 7 February 2020

        Associated Project(s): 

        Attached are the meeting minutes for the Zero Waste SWATeam meeting on 7 February 2020.

        The agenda was as follows:

        Introductions

        • F&S Interim Zero Waste Coordinator

        Updates

        • 2020 iCAP
        • Student Sustainability Coordinators
        • Sustainability Ethics Training
        • SP19 Recommendations Update: PWR 018 (iBUY Catalogue Modification)

        SP20 Timeline

        Attached Files: 
      • Zero Waste SWATeam: Student Sustainability Coordinators

        Below is a summary of the idea for Student Sustainability Coordinators:

        Appointed Student volunteers will be responsible for promoting Sustainability and Zero Waste policies and practices within their assigned unit. Students would work with the Zero Waste Coordinator and unit Zero Waste Contacts (who are selected by the Zero Waste Coordinator) in order to achieve and implement their goals and project ideas. 

        To see more ideas, reference the attached document, providing a few more details. Note that this discussion is in its preliminary stages. 

      • 2020 iCAP October Final Objectives: Zero Waste SWATeam

        Attached is the final draft of the recommended 2020 iCAP objectives from the Zero Waste SWATeam. 

        Any meeting minutes from October 2019 or November 2019 may reference the following categories: 

        • Food waste: Reducing & Diverting Food Waste
        • Education
        • Purchasing
        • Increasing Recycling Rates
        • Reducing Consumption
        • Increasing Reuse Rates
        • Source Reduction
        • Builsing Cleaning and Maintenance

        There will be a revised version by the end of the 2019 Fall Semester after iWG gives feedback for the SWATeams to revise.

        Attached Files: 

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