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This proposal looks to implement a two-year enhanced Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan to assist University Housing with pest management needs, while reducing pest management costs, reducing students’ exposure to pests and pesticides, and promoting environmental stewardship. The project goals include: (1) Collaboration on a pilot IPM plan between University Dining Services and Terminix to evaluate IPM practices and identify possible ways to reduce pesticide applications in the dormitories food service areas; (2) Developing educational materials for students, parents and others regarding pest management and notifications of any pest related issues (some materials will be used for University-owned apartment residents and others for dormitories) in collaboration with University Housing; The project lead currently has a $30,000 grant from USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to promote school integrated pest management in Illinois. The Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of supporting a matching funds grant in the amount of $30,000 to be used only for activities at University-owned facilities at the Urbana campus.Attached Files:
- Sustainability committee award letter - Integrated Pest Management.pdf
- Sustainability committee award letter - Integrated Pest Management.docx
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Integrated Pest Management.docx
- LOI - Integrated Pest Management.pdf
- Proposal - Integrated Pest Management.pdf
- Response - Integrated Pest Management.docx
- Revised proposal - Integrated Pest Management.pdf
This proposal looks to reduce the usage of water on campus by conducting a study of the “true cost” of water used campus. The project first seeks to determine the quantity of water used and extrapolate the “true cost” of this water. From this point, the project wishes to study the quality of water currently being discharged as “blowdown” with the hope of finding a mechanism of reuse. With this data, pathways of water consumption reduction are expected to be identified. The identification of said pathways will allow for examination of differing methods of water use reduction. Following this, mechanisms of reuse of wastewater in areas such as landscape irrigation will be studied. The project is expected to then result in the ability of water to be reused in whatever locations are most cost-effective. The project itself is not going to result in any tangible change in the short-run, but it is expected to yield data that can be used by campus departments such as F&S for the eventual reduction of campus water-usage. Its goals fall into line with the Climate Action Plan, which outlines a 40% reduction of campus water usage by 2025. Thus, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding a grant in the amount of $10,000.Attached Files:
- Sustainability committee award letter - ISTC Campus Water Use Study.pdf
- Sustainability committee award letter - ISTC Campus Water Use Study.docx
- A First Step Toward Reducing Water Consumption at UIUC Campus.pdf
- LOI - ISTC Campus Water Use Study.pdf
- Proposal - ISTC Campus Water Use Study.pdf
- Response - ISTC Campus Water Use Study.docx
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - ISTC Campus Water Use Study.docx
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This proposal seeks to support a prairie initiative at the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability. The institute will use its greenhouses to begin growing sustainable, native plants for use on campus. Additionally, INRS will design and plant a prairie landscape on the south side of the Natural Resource Building. This prairie will be maintained as a permanent exhibit for the public and featured during their annual open house, Naturally Illinois. A written and video instructional manual will be produced as a
learning tool as an important element of this project, which will assist the campus and others in installing and maintaining other sustainable landscaping projects. This project will thus help meet the commitments made by the campus relating to sustainable landscaping, as part of the Climate Action Plan. The Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding a grant in the amount of $20,000.Attached Files:
- Sustainability committee award letter - Natural Resources Building Prairie.pdf
- Sustainability committee award letter - Natural Resources Building Prairie.docx
- LOI - NRB Native Prairie and Woodland Pilot Garden.pdf
- NRB Native Prairie and Woodland Pilot Garden.pdf
- NRB Prairie Change In Scope.pdf
- Request for Revision of NRB planting project.doc
- Response - NRB Native Prairie and Woodland Garden.docx
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Campus Tree Planting.docx
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Campus Tree Planting.pdf
- SSC revision questions 2013 final 2 .docx
- Change in project scope - Natural Resources Building Prairie.docx
This proposal seeks to develop a list of campus buildings capable of hosting solar energy systems and conducting a detailed feasibility evaluation of five sites for installation of these systems. Solar energy systems may be utilized for the generation of electricity or for the production of hot water for domestic use, and this study will examine both possibilities. Factors taken into account will be the building’s energy use profile and applications, the building characteristics, the surrounding environment, and the visibility to the student body. Additionally, the report will specify equipment and budget needs, as appropriate to prepare the projects for bid and implementation. Solar energy systems larger than those at the University of Illinois exist at over 70 institutions and the University has made a commitment to obtain 5% of total energy from renewable sources from 2015 and 25% by 2025, which will require the installation of solar energy systems on campus. Significant benefits to our education, research and outreach missions are also likely from these installations. Finally, the completion of this feasibility study will help enable the actual installation of these arrays as well as secure matching funds from sources such as the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding a grant in the amount of $9,900.Attached Files:
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This pilot program will take place in the Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 semesters with the objective of creating and sustaining a student weatherization program. The program will involve assessments of campus buildings, which will be performed and reported by teams of trained University of Illinois students. Facilities & Services will receive these weatherization reports and use them internally for project assessment and discussion with relevant teams. A letter of support from Facilities & Services is attached to this memorandum.
Students will be trained to complete audits in order to obtain baseline data and make recommendations for weatherization improvements to Facilities & Services. Audit data will be entered into Excel spreadsheets, for example, to allow for of quantitative and qualitative analysis of results.
Audit areas will include building envelope, lighting, water, and waste. Follow up audits will be conducted to evaluate the program’s success. Information from these audits will create a valuable body of information to guide future sustainability initiatives.
Details in this plan are drawn from similar successful programs at the University of California at Berkeley and Colorado University at Boulder.
- The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) will provide $20,000 in funding in order to:
- Provide for a student intern to assist Facilities & Services in running the program.
- Pay student teams to conduct assessments Meet miscellaneous costs, as needed, including expenses to assess successfulness of implemented recommendations, tools, equipment, etc.
Facilities & Services will provide:
- A member of either the Maintenance or Energy Services division to supervise and provide resources to the intern coordinating the program.
- Workers and materials necessary to implement improvements.
- Student Weatherization Assessment Program Plan.pdf
- Weatherization Memorandum of Understanding.doc
- Building List - Final.xls
- Position Description for James Hoffer.doc
- Project Management Plan Draft.docx
- Sustainability at University Housing.docx
- Training Manual.docx
- Weatherization Intern Opportunity.doc
- Weatherization Group Documents.pdf
This proposal looks to further the University’s commitment to local food consumption through continued support the Sustainable Student Farm (SSF). The SSF began in 2009 with a grant from the Student Sustainability Committee to begin producing locally grown vegetables for the University of Illinois community. In the first season, the SSF produced nearly 25,000 pounds of produce and generated approximately $25,000 in revenue, primarily through sales to University of Illinois Dining Services for use in the University dining halls. The exceptionally hot summer of 2010, combined with the high time/labor demand of high tunnel construction and farm expansion, led to a disappointing harvest for the second growing season. This year, the SSF has enjoyed its first winter harvest season due to three new high tunnels. Through these season expansion techniques, along with increased mastery of farming practices, the SSF expects to have a bountiful and successful growing season. Funding for this proposal will bridge the gap between last season’s financial shortfalls and the revenue generated in 2011. The SSF will continue to work to increase crop revenue and educational outreach. As the University’s only current capacity for producing local produce for campus, the SSF is an essential component of increasing campus sustainability. Continuation of the SFF is essential to meeting these goals. Thus, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding a grant in the amount of $10,000.Attached Files:
- Sustainability committee award letter - Student Farm 2011 Grant.pdf
- Sustainability committee award letter - Student Farm 2011 Grant.docx
- 2011 Final Report.docx
- Loan from Student Sustainability Committee Revised.docx
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Student Farm 2011 Grant.docx
This proposal seeks to install a geothermal system at the Evergreen lodge and Retreat Center. The Evergreen Lodge is a 2828 sq. ft. structure used as lodging facilities for retreat center guests. The installation will result in energy savings of ~ $2,000 annually and provide the University with experience in handling geothermal installations – none of which are currently installed at the University. This project is also being supported by grant funds from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities. Committee funds will be utilized for purchase and installation of equipment, such as a ground source heat pump unit, as well as drilling of borehole heat exchange pipes. Additionally, Allerton park has agreed to install an on-site educational display about geothermal energy. The Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding a grant in the amount of $18,000.Attached Files:
- Sustainability committee award letter - Allerton Geothermal Project.pdf
- Sustainability committee award letter - Allerton Geothermal Project.docx
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Allerton Geothermal Project.pdf
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Allerton Geothermal Project.docx
- Response - Allerton Geothermal_Feb 2010.doc
- Allerton Geothermal Letter of Inquiry_Dec 2009.pdf
- Allerton Geothermal Proposal.pdf
- Allerton Geothermal Proposal_April 2010.pdf
This proposal seeks to install web-based display system for campus building energy consumption. The initial system will include information from 25 buildings as well as the Abbott power plant. Data will be available in real-time for buildings that have real-time metering, and monthly for other buildings; utilities included will be steam, chilled water and electricity. This project will also leverage funds from other project partners to make upgrades to building metering systems to provide real-time data for display and campus energy management use. Breakdown of funds is as follows: up to $50,000 for software purchase and install, up to $6750 for software maintenance, and up to $100,000 (this last portion in matching funds) for metering upgrades in initial buildings. Once the program is in place, ECI will work with project partners to arrange to display information on new or existing in-building displays as well as add information from other buildings. The Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding a grant in the amount of $156,750.Attached Files:
- Sustainability committee award letter - Energy Displays and Metering.pdf
- Sustainability committee award letter - Energy Displays and Metering.docx
- Building Metering Status.xlsx
- Energy Dashboard Agreement.pdf
- InStep Energy Dahsboard Proposal_06_08_11.docx
- Potential List of 25 Buildings for display project.xlsx
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Energy Displays and Metering.docx
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Energy Displays and Metering.PDF
- SSC LTR Energy Displays and Metering_FINAL.docx
In 2008, $50,000 was awarded to Facilities and Services to install occupancy sensors in 272 rooms across 10 highly-visible campus buildings. Where in use, the automatic lighting controls reduce energy usage by 30% (total savings of $11,900/year plus inflation) and greenhouse gas emissions (by 88,000 lbs CO2, 323 lbs of NOx, and 1,079 lbs SOx per year). The sensors are a daily reminder to students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the University of Illinois’ commitment to sustainability.Attached Files:
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In October 2010, the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) wrote a letter to the Office of Sustainability at the U of I recommending that the wind turbine project receive $500,000 in funding with following conditions:
1) That all funds provided by the SSC be returned in full if the project is postponed, cancelled or placed on hold.
2) That all funds provided by the SSC for be expended by December 31 st, 2011 and that a final report of all work completed and accounting of funds spent be provided to us by that date as well.Attached Files:
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Water conservation initiatives have generally taken a back seat to energy conservation at the University of Illinois. Campus Recreation has proposed a comprehensive upgrade of restroom facilities in all three of their buildings, with the potential of reducing water consumption by almost 6.5 million gallons annually. This work would be highly visible to students and in a fellow student-fee supported unit. Thus, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of proving upto $30,000 in incentives at the rate of $0.30 per $1.00 spent.
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The goal of this project is to construct a green roof atop the Link Gallery between the School of Art + Design and the Krannert Art Museum. This project will be implemented primarily by students and faculty of the School of Art + Design and will be in a highly visible campus location. It will help reduce energy costs at the facility and provide rain water for the surrounding gardens. As Facilities & Services is expected to cover half the cost of resurfacing the roof, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of partially funding the proposal in the amount of $63,900.Attached Files:
- Sustainability committee response letter- A+D Green Link Supplementary Funding.pdf
- Sustainability committee award letter - KCPA Green Roof.pdf
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - KCPA Green Roof.pdf
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - A+D Green Link Supplementary Funding.pdf
- Art and Design Green Link Supplementary Funding Request.doc
- KCPA Green Roof Letter of Inquiry.pdf
- KCPA SSC Green Roof FINAL.pdf
- Response - KCPA Green Roof.doc
This proposal looks to contribute to the campus wide effort of promoting more sustainable landscaping by creating a Prairie Garden comprised of plant species characteristic to east-central Illinois to surround the Deloitte Auditorium in the courtyard of the Business Instructional Facility (BIF). The Prairie Garden will provide carbon sequestration benefits, aid in management of water runoff, increase biodiversity, and reduce the use of carbon-intensive maintenance equipment. Replacing the current overgrown sedge meadow with low-height, low-growth, native sustainable botanicals will lead to less management needs and greater student engagement with increased access and aesthetics. The Prairie Garden will be highly visible to the thousands of weekly visitors to the BIF, sending a message about the importance of and commitment to sustainable practices. Such education will be furthered through informational signage and orientation of new students. The College of Business and College of Business Class of 2010 will provide the remaining $10,540 expense of creating the Prairie Garden. Further, the College of Business will assume responsibility for ensuring the success and continued maintenance of the project, and the grant will be paid back to the Committee if the project is inadequately maintained and the restoration effort is abandoned in the next five years. The improvements to the Business Instructional Facility courtyard will provide highly visible, tangible evidence of the campus commitment to responsible sustainable behavior. Thus, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding the fully requested amount of $10,000.
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Bike parking is essential for supporting green commuters as well as raising awareness and supporting biking on campus. In 2009, the SSC funded $10,600 for standard bike parking at three popular locations on campus, Freer Hall, the Undergraduate Library, and the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building. Later in 2012, SSC provided $225,000 in order to replace old donut-hole bike parking with U-loop parking at the Armory, the Main Library, the Foreign Language Building, and other high-traffic areas on campus.Attached Files:
- Sustainability committee response letter- Bicycling Infras….pdf
- SSC Final Allocation Approval - Bicycling Infrastructure.pdf
- 2010 Proposal Bike Parking.doc
- 2010 Proposal Hazelwood Path.doc
- Bike Parking Award Extension.docx
- Bike Parking Award Extension.pdf
- Bike Parking Letter of Inquiry.pdf
- Fall 2012 Project Status Update Bike Parking on Campus 2 of 2.docx
- Hazelwood Bike Path Letter of Inquiry.pdf
- Response - Bike Parking.doc
- Response - Hazelwood Bike Path.doc
The College of ACES Seeks funding for the installation of energy/shade curtains in the Plant Sciences Laboratory (PSL) Greenhouse. The goals of this project are to decrease the energy usage to heat and cool the greenhouse rooms, increase natural light quality in the greenhouse rooms, and decrease energy usage by the application and removal of whitewash. Additional project benefits are that the retrofitted greenhouse rooms will be of higher value for research and teaching purposes, by allowing increased use of higher-quality natural lighting, and enabling better lighting control.
Project costs includes the installation of energy shade curtains at the cost of ~$12,000 per room (for nine rooms), in addition to electrical work and new control systems and software. Total costs for the project are anticipated at $120,000, will be financed through this loan. In addition, the Committee will provide a grant of $5,000 for an associated sub-metering project to quantify project benefits.
This proposal looks to continue to develop a student run farm at the Horticultural Pomology Farm on the southeast corner of Lincoln and Windsor. As a partnership between the campus horticulture program and students, the farm will significantly contribute to campus food needs by supplying produce to University food service operations. This will allow the campus to move toward a more sustainable agricultural model and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with food transportation. Student volunteers and Crop Sciences employees will harvest, process and deliver fresh crops to University Dining Services, which will pay the prevailing market rate for the produce. This model should allow the project to bring in adequate funding in the near future, and the requested funds will be used to propel the farm to achieve self-sustaining operations in 2011. Further, a sign will inform the community of the farm’s presence and open houses will be held to introduce students and staff to this sustainable agriculture operation. This continued and expanded project will provide tangible evidence of campus commitment to responsible sustainable behavior. Thus, the Student Sustainability Committee is in favor of funding the fully requested amount of $25,000.