Congzhu Ruan's report on Climate Change issues - part one. Part two will be produced in Spring 2015. She said, "Here is the draft of the report,it basically covers all the points but I plan to do some editing (to correct typos and grammar if there's some, perhaps add some new points if I find some!) this winter to make it better."
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Projects Updates for LAS Honors College - Sustainability Partners
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It was a really pleasant experience working with you and Ethel. I appreciate your guide and assistance during the whole semester and I am looking forward to working with you again in the future.
Early wish for Christmas!
U of I F&S Trial Crosswalk between the Business Instructional Facility (BIF) and Wohlers Hall
In recent years, pedestrian safety on-campus has become a growing concern at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I). One such issue was raised by U of I’s College of Business, specifically on the frequency of pedestrians jaywalking between the Business Instructional Facility (BIF) and Wohlers Hall, just south of the intersection at Sixth Street and Gregory Drive. Using funding from the College of Business, U of I’s Facility & Services (F&S) implemented a temporary mid-block crosswalk in the area on September 22, 2014.
In order to assess if this temporary crosswalk should be installed permanently, a survey was created by 2 Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) James Scholars (Sicong Fang and Ethel Liao) with the guidance of U of I F&S employees (Morgan Johnston, Stacey DeLorenzo, and Roland White). The survey collected over 500 electronic responses from the perspectives of pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and bus drivers in the affected area for 2 weeks from October 31 - November 14, 2014. Survey participants included U of I students, staff, faculty, and guests; they were contacted via targeted email newsletters (departmental, eweek, F&S, and CUMTD), official U of I social media channels (Facebook and Twitter for F&S, the College of Business, and CUMTD), and on-site surveying with iPads by the LAS James Scholar students. Questions on the survey were based on a 1 to 5 number scale and allowed respondents to explain why they rated each item as they did. Topics covered included how perceptions on safety, convenience, and traffic flow changed upon the temporary crosswalk’s installation; there was also an area for respondents to suggest other problematic transportation spots on-campus and how the process F&S went through for this crosswalk may be improved for future projects. Final analytics on collected data were done by Sicong with the help of the summarization function in Google Forms.
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The final counts for Fall 2014's Zero Waste Homecoming Football Game are:
- 9,787 pounds composted
- 8,790 pounds recycled
- 15 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions avoided
- 60% landfill diversion rate
- 150 volunteers
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These students are working with Morgan Johnston for LAS Honors College credit in the James Scholar program for Fall 2014.
- Ethel Liao – BIF crosswalk
- Sicong Fang – BIF crosswalk
- Jack Carrera – Bike Census
- Cara Ruan – Communication about Climate Change
- Vicki Prince – tree campus
- Ricki Runions – tree campus