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  1. reusable cups idea

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Johnston, Morgan B
    Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 4:38 PM
    To: Purchasing Waste and Recycling SWATeam; Guth, David Christian; Aubrey, Dawn
    Subject: reusable cups

    Hello Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling SWATeam, David (for the Union), and Dawn (for Dining Services),

    I would like to pass along this information about reusable cups that could replace single-use coffee cups around campus.  What do you think about this product?



    From: Justin Hanseth
    Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 1:34 PM
    To: Johnston, Morgan B
    Subject: Pleasure meeting you at ACUPCC Summit


    Great meeting you in Boston last week at the ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit. 

    You asked for more information about SUSTAIN® and mentioned UIUC may be a good candidate for such a program to reduce waste and increase student engagement on campus.  See attached for more info.

    As a refresher, we make the Starbucks $1 Reusable Recyclable coffee cup sold in every Starbucks store, and I am interested in partnering with a forward-thinking university to pilot a SUSTAIN® campus program.  It sounded like UIUC is a leader in sustainability, so I perhaps it would have an interest in being one of the first campuses in the country to implement a program like ours. 

    Want to connect for a call in the next couple weeks to continue our conversation?  I would love to learn more about the great programs you have developed on campus. 

    My best,

    Justin Hanseth

    Justin Hanseth,  Business Development Lead - Sustain

    MAIN 206 999 6736 - FAX 206 441 2823

    2401 Elliott Ave. 4th Floor, Seattle, WA 98121-3300

    PMI - Aladdin - Stanley - Sustain -

    Sustain® is a registered trademark of PMI. Property of PMI - Confidential - Do Not Duplicate - Do Not Distribute



  2. draft recommendations

    Associated Project(s): 

    Thanks for the excellent discussion on Monday about the first draft of the iCAP section on Purchasing, Waste and Recycling.  I tried to reflect the comments in the attached revised draft, provided in clean and marked versions. 

    Because Casey and I need to prepare a presentation for October 22 on our draft, please send me comments by Monday, October 20 at 9 am.

    Hope you are happy with our progress.  Thanks and best wishes. - Warren Lavey

  3. include Auxiliaries

    Associated Project(s): 

    Good morning, all.

    An issue that came up in my mind that I did not want to bring up yesterday for fears it would derail conversation/take up too much time: I think it is critical that the iCAP and its policies apply to the Auxiliaries on campus – Housing, Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreation, etc. If you think about the State Farm Center and Memorial Hall, and all of the housing and dining halls, they are a *significant* generator/handler of purchases and waste. Does/will the iCAP and its policies apply to them.

    And I think it is great that someone else (Morgan) suggested that our contracts with vendors include items that we want them to address in their bids and work with campus: recycling, use of sustainable/recyclable materials, reporting requirements, etc.

    Great conversation yesterday!

    Until next time,


  4. comments on draft from Olivia Webb

    Associated Project(s): 

    I'd like to add a strategy: to review purchasing policy to curtail unnecessary purchases in general. I would also like to note the previous iCAP strategies in this report: this is important when saying things like "several of the previous strategies are unlikely to be implemented at UIUC". 

    I also think that this sentence-

    On several measures of purchases and waste, UIUC has been performing worse than in the iCAP

    baseline year (2008) – such as more total waste and landfill, and lower weight of recycled commodities.

    should be changed to have better wording, like:

    Compared to the iCAP baseline year (2008), the University has been displaying poor performance on several measure related to purchasing and waste: the total amount of waste sent to the landfill has increased, and the amount of waste diverted to recycling has decreased.

    Finally, I feel that references to UIUC should be changed to "the University", not an acronym.

    If the exact wording will not be adopted in the new iCAP, the last two suggestions are somewhat irrelevant.

  5. draft revisions

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello, SWATeam and Consultation Group.  Here is a draft of our section for the new iCAP, reflecting our discussions, our report last week, and Casey's work.  Please review and send me comments by Thursday at noon.  I will then prepare a revised draft and send it out for your review prior to our meeting next Monday at 4:30 pm.

    Thanks and best wishes.

    Warren Lavey

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  6. comments on draft from Marcus Ricci

    Associated Project(s): 

    I like the revisions, Warren and SWATeam.

    I know that this is late – and I meant to mention it on the earlier draft but forgot – are you making any recommendations for handling C&D waste? Thoughts:

    • Campus and contractors must weigh all C&D waste generated at a worksite (scale is available for free at the WTS) and report to the Capital Projects office (and iSEE, or the STARS reporter)
    • All C&D waste must be disposed of at an approved C&D recycling center, such as MidAmerica Recycling, which accepts it for free (but doesn’t weigh it or provide any receipts)


  7. comments on draft from Junhua Jiang

    Associated Project(s): 

    Warren and SWAT Team:

    Thank you very much for your time and the new version. I think that it is in great shape. I will be available on October 13.

    Best regards,

    Junhua Jiang

    Senior Research Engineer, PhD

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

  8. update

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello, SWATeam and Consultation Group.  Thank you for your comments on the draft report and for providing additional information.

    Here is the report that our SWATeam is submitting to iSEE.  Let's hope that it will be helpful.

    The next step is drafting a revised section of the iCAP.  Let's meet on Monday, October 13 at 4:30 pm (Dilip, can you find a room?).  I'll send around a draft before the meeting.

    Best wishes.

    Warren Lavey

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  9. Materials from iWG

    Associated Project(s): 

    Dear Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling SWATeam,

    The iCAP Working Group met today, and would like to thank you for your report!

    In the hopes that it will provide some assistance as you formulate your recommendations for the revised iCAP, to be presented at the iCAP Forum on October 22nd, we wanted to provide you with some additional files:

    1) A "template" for the iCAP sections that we ask that you use. This was written using Transportation as an example, but it should be easily adaptable.

    2) A "resources" document that summarizes the 2010 iCAP strategies, excerpts from a document that was put together back in FY13 summarizing progress at that time, a set of links to relevant pages on the iCAP Portal, and a list of the questions in the STARS report that are relevant to your team.  The STARS report is how our campus gets "graded" on our sustainability performance, so these questions may inspire ideas for things the campus should be doing.

    3) A table of emissions in your area as determined by the Clean Air Cool Planet calculator, which represents our officially reported emissions.  You can fill this in with your proposed goals, and include it in the template.

    4) A summary of all of our emissions in different categories, for context.

    5) The Clean Air Cool Planet calculator itself, updated for FY2014, in case you wish to dive into how the calculations are performed.

    We hope this information will be helpful to your team.  If there is anything we can do to help you with your important work in the coming month, please just ask!




    Professor Benjamin J. McCall

    Associate Director for Campus Sustainability

    Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  10. iWG agenda packet

  11. comments on draft from Marcus Ricci

    Associated Project(s): 

    Thank you for the great report, Warren (and SWATeam). I am very impressed. I added some comments and sent Warren some data on the building-servicing by the WTS. If you have any questions, contact me.


    Marcus Ricci, MS, MUP
    Building Energy Specialist, Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)

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  12. ink/toner cartridges - options

    Associated Project(s): 

    Several companies in the area provide a $2 credit for each ink cartridge returned.  These companies include Best Buy, Office max, and Office Depot.  ISTC does not get a credit for the toner cartridges but does return them to the company that they purchased them from. - Bart Bartels

  13. Game Day Facebook page live

    The Facebook page for the Game Day Recycling Challenge has been launched.  For the October 25th homecoming game we will be setting up 3 bin stations throughout the stadium for recycling, compost, and landfill.  All collected weights will be reported to the Game Day website for the national competition.  More details to follow.

    Here is the Facebook Page:

    Here is the site for the Game Day Challenge:

  14. emissions from waste question

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello SWATeam,

    Can we talk about the GHG emissions from waste being sent to the landfill(s) please?  Take a look at this complicated emissions calculator.

    The Input screen shows that the landfilled waste is going to a methane capture landfill (“Brickyard”).  The “ACUPCC Reporting” screen shows that emissions from solid waste is NEGATIVE 172 MT CO2e. 

    I wonder.  How much of the methane is actually collected at that landfill?



  15. Request to SWATeam

    Hello waste SWATeam and Ben,

    As you know, the iCAP called for a Zero Waste Policy to be developed, and we have a draft for a CAM policy (attached). 

    I’m not sure a CAM policy is the best solution, so I asked around for information about where campus policies usually reside and I was given the following info.  As the SWATeams are approved to move forward to the next phase, it would be great to have iSEE and the iCAP SWATeam take the lead on getting a formal Zero Waste Policy adopted. 

    Ben, Bart, and I have discussed this over the last few months, and I believe it is most appropriate advancing to campus decision makers through the iCAP process rather than through F&S.  Please let me know what you think.

    Thanks,  Morgan


    Dear Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling SWATeam,   I just wanted to add my $0.02 that I concur with Morgan that it makes sense to pursue the review and approval of a Zero Waste Policy through the SWATeam process, and your team is clearly the right one for this task.  Cheers,  Ben


    I like the idea. If there is an agreement, we can discuss the policy itself in our next meeting. 

    Regards,-Dilip Chhajed------------I'm in. - Warren Lavey


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  16. Introduction by Ben McCall

    Associated Project(s): 

    Intros. Ben McCall, Bart Bartels, Morgan Johnston, Olivia Webb, Guy Urugo (clerk), Dillip C. (faculty in business admin, Supply change management, Remanufacturing research, Happy to be here), Warren Lavey (wife with med school, Lawyer by training, Doing environmental progr work, American clean skies foundation in Washington, Focus on purchasing and using them to spur more clean markets and the sustainable leadership council), and Matt Murphy (Intern with green purpose in champaign).

    Delighted that you've agreed to serve. Intro to iSEE. And SWATeams. Ben charged with figuring out how to make the icap happen. Quickly realized that it is impossible to have one person make much of an impact at all. So these six teams. Long term vision is these teams will provide recs to campus. Who do the recs go to and who decided what to approve. Discussion at vice chancellor and chancellor level happening now. So step one initial teams to evaluate where we are. And once it is decided where these teams report and how this process will work. The teams will be renewed to continue on.  Core team of six with a surrounding consultation group around campus. They wouldn't necessarily be involved on the heavy lifting that this group would do. Too large a group is hard to get anything done and too small is too difficult. And also public sessions for whole campus to come and give advice and feedback.  Right now fairly limited scope of SWATeam charge. We have missed a number of interim waste management goals already so Ben is declaring we will count everything before or by 2015 as a 2015 goal.  A report of assessing where we are. Lavey - do we also have possibility of providing an action plan or expertise to bring our recs to adoption. Right now the team doesn't actually have authority to make those recs. but when the reporting / political issues are resolved, the long term program. Is there framework for developing data and reporting with respect to carbon footprint.  Bart-It is a component in our annual report to acupcc. It is in there and only based on the weights going off campus which may not be very complete.  Dillip. What format of a report? Are there milestones? BJM needs to report on it at earth week and he doesn't want to invent what to say. He wants a team of experts to present that. Vision is that one of the faculty members will serve as a chair of the group. How to move forward is up to this group.  Dillip says he should have read the icap first. BJM says there isn't a whole lot in there. Goal of 75%. Ricci report says we are at 84.5% now. That includes animal waste. But what is our personal waste diversion rate? Discussion ensued about Marcus' report. Janet Milbrandt hasn't responded about being on the team.  Lavey asked if there is any push on the vendor side. Bart said yes related to nitrile gloves. Explained the program Seth Rients started. If we charged an extra $1.80/box we could recycle them.  Lavey. What about recycled content of what we are buying? has there been one.  Bart had a conversation about recycled content paper. Ben noted that the BOT won't let us use recycled content paper for official business cards and letterhead.  Office award program could include sustainable 30% recycled content. BJM said they have an intern.  Ken Merrill told Bart they buy less than a truck a year at Central Stores.  Warren asks about the scope of their work. Smartway system seems like it fits within the context of saving energy and purchasing. But it is not prolly the way you think about Zero waste? Can we look at the sustainability of our suppliers? BJM encouraged to think about the charge as broadly as you can. But keep in mind we have a fairly limited scope at this time. Avoid "should" and use "could."   Olivia. We are a group of very passionate and highly connected people with a good opportunity to move this forward. How open is the admin to changing this doc formally? Or are they? Five year revision is appropriate. Updating the document? Great support for that. How ambitious should the goals be? We won't know how far we can go until we try.  At a turning point. The iSEE is a direct action of the chancellor. A manifestation of her personal interest. Not easy. Need to build consensus.  Dillip. How easy will it be to get the data. ISEE can certainly help. Feel free to ask for what you need and guy and BJM will help figure out how to get it for you.  Bart. The decentralized nature of campus presents some difficulty. Ex gloves where are they getting it? Easier to ask vendor.  Purchase process.  The glove program is a pilot. Bart thinks that most of what we want to do will start with pilots.  Discussed chair and selected Warren. Olivia said we could also share the workload of setting agendas. BJM said yes the activist approach is needed, but there needs to be a nominal leader.  Olivia asked if we could make a list of issues. Bart read through Marcus' list of priorities. We recycle only #1 and 2, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard.  Olivia asked, What about specific items that are problem areas for purchasing? Is there a critical area for purchasing? BJM there is a lot of space.  Food. Locally sourced food. That's a different SWATeam working on that.  Cleaning products. Bart thinks There's a state program.       


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