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  1. iWG meeting agenda August 28, 2015

  2. iWG meeting minutes August 28, 2015

  3. Jul 9 2015 Minutes

    see file

    Several SWATeam recommendations were discussed.  Also, an update from the Sustainability Council was provided:

    "Review of Council Meeting/Status of iCAP Approval - The Sustainability Council meeting went very well with lots of good discussion. There were not too many serious objections to the iCAP. They would like to see financial information, such as cost-benefit analysis on projects. This information will be included in the study for accelerating our carbon neutrality date. The cover letter from the Chancellor affirming our commitment will include language about the current fiscal climate in Illinois. The Chancellor was keen to be able to reach carbon neutrality by 2035. Other concerns were in regard to the net zero space item and they suggested a space audit be included in the iCAP."

  4. Trans004 Fleet Study recommendation - Supplanted

    F&S sent their response to the iCAP Working Group (iWG) on June 12, 2015, which was then forwarded to the Transportation SWATeam on the same day. The Transportation SWATeam supplanted the Trans004 Fleet Study recommendation with the new Trans007 Campus fleet analysis and Planning recommendation.

    See the new SWATeam recommendation Trans007 Campus Fleet Analysis and Planning here.

    See Transmittal of SWATeam recommendation Trans004 Fleet Study here.

    See iWG assessment of Trans004 Fleet Study here.

    See SWATeam recommendation Trans004 Fleet Study here.

  5. May 21 2015 minutes

  6. April 2 2015 minutes

  7. iCAP Working Group Agenda for 4/2/2015

    Dear iCAP Working Group Members,

    As a reminder, we will be meeting this Thursday at 1:30 (and also next Thursday, 4/9, at 1:30).

    This week we will discuss the timeline for completing our work on the iCAP, and then turn our attention to the 7 attached formal recommendations we've received from the Transportation and Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling SWATeams.  Please review these in advance of the meeting, so that we can discuss them most efficiently.  If you will not be able to join us due to a schedule conflict, please email me in advance if you have any particular concerns.

    Next week (4/9), we'll be joined by Kent Reifsteck and Mike Larson from F&S, and also Scott Willenbrock from the Energy Generation SWATeam, so that we can discuss what the iCAP should say about charting a pathway for clean energy for our campus.

    Thanks,

    Ben

    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. Trans004 Fleet Study recommendation - Submittal

    The Transportation SWATeam submitted a recommendation to the iWG stating, "Perform a general analysis and recommendations regarding the potential to transition the University fleet to renewable fuels. This analysis would review the types and usage of University vehicles, the current and short term expectation for vehicle availability and propose various plans (i.e. conservative, moderate and aggressive) for GHG emission reductions along with approximate fiscal impact for each plan."

    See the SWATeam recommendation, Trans004 Fleet Study, complete with comments from all the Transportation SWATeam members.

  9. Trans003 Sustainable Transportation Coordinator recommendation - Submittal

    The Transportation SWATeam submitted a recommendation stating, "To hire a Sustainable Transportation Coordinator. This individual would ensure the success of the other transportation recommendations from the iCAP and be the key asset within our University to promote reducing single-vehicle occupancy."

    See attached the SWATeam recommendation, Trans003 Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, complete with comments from all the Transportation SWATeam members.

  10. Trans002 Parking Survey recommendation - Submittal

    The Transportation SWATeam submitted a recommendation stating, "We recommend that Parking Services organize a survey to gauge stakeholder interest in alternative parking plans. More specifically, a survey to gather data on how receptive stakeholders would be to parking plans which included a smaller amount of parking days per year to permit alternative commuting modes when this is feasible."

    See attached the SWATeam recommendation, Trans002 Parking Survey, complete with comments from all the Transportation SWATeam members.

  11. Trans001 TEM_DMI recommendation - Submittal

    The Transportation SWATeam submitted a recommendation, Trans001 TEM_DMI, to the iWG stating, "The transportation SWATeam recommends that the data for faculty/staff travel be collected through the campus Travel and Expense Management (TEM) and Division of Management Information (DMI) system. The program should require that faculty/staff (or the unit head) report travel purposes and funding sources when they request travel expense reimbursement via TEM and the DMI manage and analyze the database."

    See attached the SWATeam recommendation, Trans001 TEM_DMI, complete with comments from all the Transportation SWATeam members.

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  12. Agenda for meeting

    Associated Project(s): 

    UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

    Sustainability Working Advisory Team on Transportation

    Date:                12-17-14

    To:                   Sustainability Working Advisory Team on Transportation

                            Wojtek Chodzo-Zajko, Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health

                            Bumsoo Lee, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

                            Richard Langlois, Senior eLearning Professional, CITES

                            Peter Varney, Director of Transportation and Automotive Services, Facilities & Services

                            Grace Kyung, Student Member

                            Justin Licke, Student Member  

    From:               Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko

    Re:       Agenda for Friday December 19, 2014, 1:00 pm meeting 128 Freer

    1.         Feedback from Pam Voitik (F&S) – Appendix One

    2.         Feedback from Michelle Wahl (Parking) – Appendix Two

    3.         Discussion of version 2 2015 iCAP Report (pgs. 26-30) - attached

    4.         SWAT strategy cost estimates

    5.         Other items

  13. air travel info

    Associated Project(s): 

    Dear Transportation SWATeam,

    After extensive discussions with experts at University Payables, we have come to the conclusion that the apparent increase in air travel emissions in recent years may be due to the fact that the new TEM system more accurately captures air travel purchases than the previous systems did.  Payables is confident that the numbers for FY14 are accurate, but really does not have confidence in the earlier numbers because air travel was often reimbursed to travelers together with other travel expenses and may not have been captured in previous reports.

    My recommendation for the iCAP would therefore be to de-emphasize the apparent increase in air travel emissions, and instead explain that the new TEM system has greatly improved our ability to quantify these emissions.  Perhaps our objectives in the air travel arena should be formulated relative to a new FY14 baseline.

    Cheers,

    Ben
     

  14. Update from Ben McCall

    Dear Transportation SWATeam,  [Sorry for the barrage of emails...this is the last one for this morning!]

    I met with Michelle Wahl from Parking late last week, and she had some very useful comments on the iCAP draft that I thought I should share with you:

    1) She mentioned that in years past, she used to receive "idling reports" on her vehicles, which must have been equipped with some sort of system that tracked when the vehicles were idling.  This raised the question of whether such technology could be deployed widely on our fleet, rather than focusing only on "class 6 and above trucks" (neither of us knew exactly what that means).

    2) She was concerned about the financial aspects of providing additional opportunities for people to purchase less than full-time parking privileges in lots with wait lists...this is probably something that deserves further discussion.  If Parking allows someone to drop their full-time parking pass for a particular lot and instead purchase less than full-time for the same spot, their revenue will decrease.  This is concerning because Parking is legally required to be self-supporting -- they cannot receive any subsidy from campus, nor can they make a profit.

    3) She recommended adding a recommendation that parking rates be increased to provide a dis-incentive for single-occupancy vehicle use. 

    This would also be essential if the number of parking permits sold were to decrease, as Parking's costs are essentially fixed. Raising rates would be a challenge because they are subject to collective bargaining, but it has been successfully done on other campuses (including UIC). 

    Having an explicit call for this in the iCAP might help provide ammunition for such efforts.

    4) She recommended some investigation of the subsidy that Parking currently provides to MTD.  At present, Parking pays over $500K per year for this, ostensibly to support the buses that run to the "shuttle lot" (E-14, I think).  But this amount greatly exceeds the total revenue that Parking receives from selling permits in the shuttle lot.  She thought it was worth making sure that the amount Parking is contributing towards the MTD is the appropriate amount, because any funds that could be "saved" there could be directed towards other sustainability-related initiatives within Parking.

    5) She pointed out that there are now 18 "Level 1" charging stations for electric vehicles on campus, and Parking has plans to install some "Level 2" charging stations in 2015.  She thought it might be worth showcasing this work on page 29 of the current draft, and I am inclined to agree.

    Cheers,

    Ben

  15. update from Ben McCall

    Dear Transportation SWATeam,

    Morgan and I had a very nice discussion with Pam Voitik at F&S late last week, and I wanted to brief you on some of the key points as they relate to the iCAP revisions.

    1) F&S is in favor of hiring a full-time "Active Transportation Coordinator," and having that person report to the Transportation Demand Management Coordinator (Stacey DeLorenzo).  "Active Transportation" (as you probably all know, but I didn't!) is industry lingo for all transportation except single-occupancy-vehicles.  So this person would be responsible for mode shift, the Bike Plan, and so forth...basically the last two bullet points in item #6 on page 30 of the current draft.

    2) Pete Varney and his team would be the sensible locus for efforts related to shifting the fleet more towards EVs and bicycles, and exploring renewable fuels for the fleet.  [The second and third bullet points in item #6 on page 30.]

    3) The first bullet point, about air travel, is outside of the scope of F&S, and should perhaps be a focus of iSEE or another entity in the domain of the Chancellor or Vice Chancellors.

    4) The Campus Bicycle Plan is essentially finalized now, but F&S is working on ascertaining exactly what entity should formally approve it. 

    Pam's suggestion is that it should be approved by the campus leadership (rather than by F&S), but the responsibility for implementing it should be with F&S.  This would give the Plan more authority/heft than if it were approved by F&S alone. There is reason to hope that this approval will be finalized before the iCAP.

    Cheers,

    Ben

     

  16. Parking Department Information

    Associated Project(s): 

    Michelle Wahl is on board regarding attendance at our next meeting. I'm attaching some basic cost information regarding costs of constructing/maintaining spaces on campus that she has provided. She is willing to provide more information, if requested. However, it might be beneficial for her to meet with the group to discuss what is desired rather than having her shotgun us with financial information. - Pete

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