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  1. 3/22

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 4070 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $619 in energy costs. This also prevented 4.9 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 552 gallons of gasoline being consumed. That's a huge impact!

     

  2. 2/23/24 Event

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 3,686 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $560.80 in energy costs. This also prevented 4.4 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 500 gallons of gasoline being consumed. That's a huge impact!

     

    The next Illini Lights Out event is on Friday, March 22nd, and you can sign up using this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here!

  3. Illini Lights Out Event 2/9/24

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 3,668 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $588.50 in energy costs. This also prevented 4.7 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 532 gallons of gasoline being consumed.

  4. 1/26/2024

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 2,995 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $455 in energy costs. This also prevented 3.7 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 412 gallons of gasoline being consumed.  

  5. Illini Lights Out event 12/1

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Fridays event, 8,987 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $1,367 in energy costs. This also prevented 11 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 1,236 gallons of gasoline being consumed. That's a huge impact!

     

  6. Illini Lights Out Event 11/3/23

    Associated Project(s): 

     At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, over 250 volunteers turned off 4,832 light bulbs that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $735.16 in energy costs. This also prevented 5.9 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 665 gallons of gasoline being consumed. 

  7. Illini Lights Out Event 10/13/23

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 6,020 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $915.91 in energy costs. This also prevented 7.238 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 828 gallons of gasoline being consumed.

  8. Illini Lights Out 9/29

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 6,059 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $921.85 in energy costs. This also prevented 7.434 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 833 gallons of gasoline being consumed. That's a huge impact!

    The next Illini Lights Out event is on Friday, October 13th, and you can sign up using this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here!

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  9. Illini Lights Out Event 9/15

    Associated Project(s): 

    On Fridays event, 2443 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $371.69 in energy costs. This also prevented 2.94 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 336 gallons of gasoline being consumed.

  10. April 21, 2023 Illini Lights Out

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 4,145 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $631 in energy costs. This also prevented 5.07 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from the consumption of 570 gallons of gasoline. That's a huge impact!

    Friday's event was the last Illini Lights Out event of the semester. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here! You can also find iSEE on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

    iSEE is hosting a TED Talk: Eco-Edition series event on Thursday at 6 pm on the topic of climate change engagement. Sign up here!

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  11. March 24, 2023 Illini Lights Out

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 4,539 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $691 in energy costs. This also prevented 5.55 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 6,139 pounds of coal being burned. That's a huge impact!

     

    The next Illini Lights Out event is on Friday, April 21st, and you can sign up using this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here! A lot of fun events are coming up during April to celebrate Earth Month, and this newsletter will keep you updated about all of them. You can also find iSEE on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

     

    If you want to learn more about energy conservation, join iSEE's energy conservation challenge! This challenge provides you the tools to track your energy usage and tips to conserve energy further. Fill out the interest form here!

     

    iSEE is also hosting a TED Talk: Eco-Edition series event on Thursday at 6 pm on the topic of environmental hazards and community resilience. Sign up here!

     

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

     

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

     

    Thank you again!

  12. February 24, 2023 Illini Lights Out

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 4,850 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $738 in energy costs. This also prevented 5.9 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from the average car driving 14,717 miles. That's a huge impact!

    The next Illini Lights Out event is on Friday, March 24th, and you can sign up using this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here!

    If you're interested in learning more about energy, specifically renewable energy, please sign up to attend iSEE's TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series tomorrow, Monday, February 27th at 6pm using this link!

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  13. iSEE Quarterly update for Winter 2022

    Greetings, Colleagues,

     

    I hope the start of 2023 is going well. I’m reaching out today to send you iSEE Quarterly update for Winter 2022 from the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.

     

    For more up-to-date news from iSEE, please sign up for our E-newsletter at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/5031776.

     

    IN RESEARCH

     

     IN EDUCATION & OUTREACH

    • Registration is open for iSEE Congress 2023 — “Addressing Crises of a Planetary Scale: Lessons from Pandemics and Climate Change.”
    • The Fall 2023 Critical Conversation is expected to bring together stakeholders to discuss climate-smart commodities.
    • iSEE’s Environmental Leadership Program for Spring 2023 is already more than past the midway point; check out our student blog for some perspective on the immersive learning experience.
    • Read a Certificate in Environmental Writing (CEW) success story in former Q author and CEW recipient Zack Fishman.

     

    IN CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY

    • Our Grind2Energy video explored how dining hall food waste produces energy and fertilizer; its release spurred coverage by The News-Gazette and WCIA-TV.
    • iSEE’s new, more comprehensive Student Action webpage offers listings for iSEE jobs, volunteering, and student organizations to join.
    • Illini Lights Out fall semester featured RECORD totals: more than 640 volunteers turned off 20,303 bulbs, saving the campus as much as 35,000 kWH, $3,090, and nearly 25 tons of GHG. Spring dates: Jan. 27 (130+ volunteers, 5,043 bulbs, 8,700 kWH, $760, 6.2 tons of GHG), Feb. 10 and 24, March 24, and April 21.
    • At the November Zero Waste basketball game (see video) more than 280 pounds of beverage containers and other recyclables were diverted from the landfill. The next Zero Waste basketball game March 2 seeks 100 volunteers. iSEE partnering with F&S, Housing, Athletics, and Union for a #don’twasteWednesdays twitter campaign all spring. FALL PLAN: a ZW football tailgate.
    • A new Waste Transfer Station video shows the great work by Facilities & Services — but also the need for all campus community members to pre-sort their recyclables to prevent them from becoming landfill waste.
    • Greener Campus certifications in the new year: One new office (Visit Champaign County!), one new chapter (Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority), and nine new events (including Illini Lights Out) certified in January.
    • Read our article about the sustainable features of Campus Recreation and our feature about the new beekeeping club on campus.

     

    Thanks for reading, and best wishes for the remainder of the spring semester!

     

    Best,

    Madhu Khanna

     

     

    Madhu Khanna

    Pronouns: she, her

    Alvin H. Baum Family Chair & Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment

    ACES Distinguished Professor in Environmental Economics

    Co-Director, Center for Economics of Sustainability

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    1301, W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

     

     

     

  14. February 10, 2023 Illini Lights Out

    Associated Project(s): 

    At Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 3,694 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $562 in energy costs. This also prevented 4.5 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 4,996 pounds of coal being burned. That's a huge impact!

     

    The next Illini Lights Out event is on Friday, February 24th, and you can sign up using this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here!

     

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

     

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  15. January 27, 2023

    Associated Project(s): 

    At last Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 5,043 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $767.27 in energy costs. This also prevented 6.17 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 694 gallons of gasoline being consumed. That's a huge impact!

    The next Illini Lights Out event is on Friday, February 10th, and you can sign up using this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here!

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  16. December 2, 2022 Illini Lights Out Data

    Associated Project(s): 

    At last Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 4,204 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $639.62 in energy costs. This also prevented 5.14 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from the average car driving 12,757 miles. That's a huge impact!

    Friday was the semester's last Illini Lights Out event, but there will be five more events in the spring. Stay up to date with the dates of these events and other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute of Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here.

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  17. November 11, 2022 Illini Lights Out Data

    Associated Project(s): 

    At last Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 5,602 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $852.32 in energy costs. This also prevented 6.85 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, the same as the greenhouse gas emissions from 771 gallons of gasoline being consumed. That's a HUGE impact!

    There is one more Illini Lights Out event this semester on December 2nd, and you can sign up at this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute of Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here!

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  18. October 14, 2022 Illini Lights Out Data

    Associated Project(s): 

    At last Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 5,042 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $767.12 in energy costs. This also prevented 6.16 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, the same as the greenhouse gas emissions from the average vehicle driving 15,300. That's a HUGE impact - this is the most lights shut off since I've become involved with the program in August 2021!

     

    There are two more Illini Lights Out events of the semester:

    • November 11
    • December 2

    Sign up for one or more of them at this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute of Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here! iSEE is also hosting a campus trash pickup this Wednesday the 19th. Meet at Alma Mater at 4p m and bring your friends!

     

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here.

     

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  19. September 23, 2022 Illini Lights Out Data

    Associated Project(s): 

    At last Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 2,600 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $395.58 in energy costs. This also prevented 3.2 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, the same as greenhouse gas emissions from consuming 358 gallons of gasoline. That's a big impact!

    There are three more Illini Lights Out events of the semester:

    • October 14
    • November 11
    • December 2

    Sign up for one or more of them at this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute of Sustainability, Energy, and Environment newsletter here! There are a lot of fun events coming up for campus sustainability month in October, such as a clothing swap, trash pick-up, and plastic reduction challenge. This newsletter will give you details for all of these events and more.

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other iCAP objectives here and read the entire iCAP here

    Illini Lights Out is a certified Green Event! Click this link to learn how to green-certify your own event.

  20. September 9, 2022 Illini Lights Out Data

    Associated Project(s): 

    At last Friday's Illini Lights Out event, 2,291 light bulbs were shut off that otherwise would have been left on all weekend, saving $348.56 in energy costs. This also prevented 2.8 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, which is the same as the greenhouse gas emissions from the average car driving 6,952 miles. That's a big impact!

    There are four more Illini Lights Out events this semester:

    • September 23
    • October 14
    • November 11
    • December 2

    Sign up for one or more of them at this link. Stay up to date with other sustainability-related events and news by signing up for the Institute of Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) newsletter here!

    Illini Lights Out addresses objectives 2.2 and 2.2.2 of the iCAP, or Illinois Climate Action Plan, to increase energy efficiency and reduce building-level energy. Find out about other Illinois Climate Action Plan objectives here and read the entire iCAP here

     

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