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Projects Updates for Zero Waste SWATeam


  1. 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:


    • 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: 
  2. 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:


    • F&S Interim Zero Waste Coordinator


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

    SP20 Timeline

    Attached Files: 
  3. 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. 

  4. 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: 
  5. Zero Waste SWATeam Meeting: 15 October 2019

    Attached are the meeting minutes for the Zero Waste SWATeam meeting on 15 October 2019, as well as a document referenced within the document.

    The team discussed the current structure of the conversations around 2020 iCAP renewal and whether that would be the most efficient (in terms of both impact and timeframe) manner to create new objectives.

  6. Reference info for Zero Waste SWATeam

    The attached file and following links are reference materials for the Zero Waste SWATeam, for developing draft objectives for the 2020 iCAP.

    Every few years iSEE submits data to the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), in the Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Reporting System (STARS).  Our campus is STARS gold, and we would like to aim for platinum.  This is a resource as you consider 2020 iCAP objectives.



    You can see from the scores above that some items were not pursued.  If you click on a link above and then choose “Credit Info,” you can see the data requirements for that item. 

  7. 2019 SWATeam Kickoff with Attached Power Point

    Good afternoon!


    It was wonderful meeting many of you at the iWG and SWATeam Kick Off event yesterday afternoon. Thank you so much for attending and for your participation. It will be a great year and your efforts are very much appreciated. Please find the slides and handout attached, and be sure to reach out if you have any questions.


    As a reminder, Sarthak Prasad from the Transportation team mentioned that it would be helpful if you could take this short bike survey.


    Thank you again for your hard work and dedication to making our campus a more sustainable place! I look forward to meeting with you in the near future.





    Meredith Moore

    Sustainability Programs Coordinator

    Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    1101 W. Peabody, Urbana, Suite 338 (NSRC)



    [Power Point from Kickoff is attached, RC]

  8. Collection Containers to Increase Recycling Efforts

    Associated Project(s): 

    As part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s effort to improve sustainability, new recycling and landfill collection containers have been distributed to buildings on the Urbana campus. Eventually, more than 20 buildings will have the containers, which feature three top openings with easily-identifiable and color-coded labels for either “landfill,” “paper,” or “bottles & cans.”


    Collection Containers to Increase Recycling Efforts


    Pete Varney . Facilities & Services


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