Morgan/Ben, I am supportive of the idea of a web based bulletin board for available supplies and equipment. I think it would be a great tool for units to use. I do think the proposed site would need to explicitly state that all supplies and equipment are for University business use only and no private use is allowable. I also believe such a website should require login credentials to ensure only University employees have access to and use the system.
I think it’s a great idea for a special Freecycle sub team to address the website to move forward. OBFS could potentially sponsor a project for this but I know it would then probably be years to get the project approved, resourced, and just started. This is based on the fact our Property Accounting office is currently sponsoring a level 3 ITPC template to assist units by providing a system and tools to complete the biennial physical inventory. I doubt our office would be able to get another project started until that biennial project is close to conclusion in 2 years.
FYI – I know that UIC Sustainability staff have also suggested a similar website as has previous UIUC student sustainability efforts. So, I wonder if some collaboration between campuses could get a website working for all University campuses with the same amount of effort. Let me know if you need any contact information for sustainability staff at UIC. I’d be happy to help with any questions or to clarify any information above.
Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Senior Associate Director
University Property Accounting and Reporting
University of Illinois
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Champaign, IL 61820