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  1. Sustainable Issues and Opportunities for Handling End-of-Life PV Modules

    According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar power is the fastest-growing energy source in the U.S. and this growth will continue to rise. At the moment, only a few states have adopted solar PV end-of-life handling policies. Thus, a lot of modules may end up in landfills. The panel discussion will be on barriers, policies, and sustainable opportunities for end-of-life PV modules.

    Sustainable Issues and Opportunities for Handling End-of-Life PV Modules

    October 22, 9:30–11 am

    Jennifer Martin • Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

     This opportunity is available online.

  2. Grind2Energy

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    Grind2Energy: Turning Campus Food Waste into Fuel

    The 49,000 students educated at the University of Illinois can generate a lot of food waste. Most of it winds up in a landfill. But for students with a dining hall plan, food waste is ultimately turned into energy, helping the campus reduce its carbon footprint.

    With the "Grind2Energy" system, food scraps are ground down and ultimately run through an anaerobic digester at the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District, producing methane that is used for fuel to power the plant. The system was installed at Florida Avenue Residence Halls last fall, and others are in the works.

    "Hopefully this small piece will be part of a bigger system down the road," said Thurman Etchison, Assistant Director of Housing Dining Services for Equipment and Facilities.

  3. Sustainability Webinar: Large Summer Festival Going Zero Waste

    James Carter - programming & operations manager with Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) - will discuss how they implemented a dramatic waste management transformation, created educational opportunities, and presented community-collaborative art programming. The operational goal? To become a zero waste event with 90% landfill diversion over three years.

    April 9, 12–1 PM Elizabeth Meschewski • Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

    Sustainability Webinar: Large Summer Festival Going Zero Waste

     

  4. Seeking participants who are passionate about sustainable consumer products

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    Seeking participants who are passionate about sustainable consumer products

     

    We are seeking individuals who are willing to participate in a short 30-minute conversation about sustainable and consumer lifestyles. Participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. If interested, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/LukTEJpRcY5Y8EY3A

     

    Angel Han • In Affiliation with Cozad

  5. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    I did not carry out any zero waste activities this past week. I have a phone call with Morgan and Shantanu Pai coming up on Tuesday to go over zero waste coordination.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

  6. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    I did not have any zero waste activities in the past week. Morgan has organized a phone meeting with me and Shantanu Pai on January 14 to discuss zero waste coordination.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

  7. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, I had some emails with the Office Depot representative to set up a time to talk about options for used toner cartridge pick-up. I also had some emails with Morgan to set up a time to meet or have a phone call with Shantanu Pai.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

  8. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, I reviewed the Zero Waste SWATeam's responses to the iWG comments on the iCAP objectives that the team had submitted.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

  9. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, I reviewed the Zero Waste SWATeam's responses to the iWG comments on the iCAP objectives that team is working on. I also contacted Morgan White to see if I should draft the SSC semester report for the fall semester or if that task will fall to the new Zero Waste Coordinator.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

     

  10. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, I reviewed and provided comments on the Zero Waste SWATeam's objectives for the 2020 iCAP. I sent them to Morgan so that she can integrate any of them that are useful into the F&S feedback to iWG. I let Julija Sakutyte know that I sent the comments to Morgan instead of back to to Zero Waste SWATeam.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

  11. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, I

    • Reviewed iWG Feedback Summary.
    • Heard from the Office Depot representative. We are finding a time to discuss toner cartridge recycling on campus.
    • Started writing my comments on the Zero Waste Objectives Review document that Julija Sakutyte distributed to the Zero Waste SWATeam.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

  12. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, Julija Sakutyte put me in touch with Tim Stark to discuss input on the new iCAP. I had suggested that addressing the issue of transporting recyclable materials from the point where they are generated to centralized collection points would help boost departments' participation. I know we've touched on this issue in regards to EPS and glove recycling and had an inquiry about getting toner cartridges as well. I've reached out directly to Tim to talk about the best way to frame the suggestion for iCAP.

    I have also received the Zero Waste SWATeam objectives from Julija and will review them by the team's Dec. 2 deadline.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

     

  13. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, I read through the recommendations that the Zero Waste SWATeam submitted for the new version of iCAP.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

  14. 2020 iCAP October Final Objectives: Zero Waste SWATeam

    Attached is the final draft of the recommended 2020 iCAP objectives from the Zero Waste SWATeam. 

    Any meeting minutes from October 2019 or November 2019 may reference the following categories: 

    • Food waste: Reducing & Diverting Food Waste
    • Education
    • Purchasing
    • Increasing Recycling Rates
    • Reducing Consumption
    • Increasing Reuse Rates
    • Source Reduction
    • Builsing Cleaning and Maintenance

    There will be a revised version by the end of the 2019 Fall Semester after iWG gives feedback for the SWATeams to revise.

    Attached Files: 
  15. Weeky Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, I had a phone conversation with Meredith Moore about composting on campus. I also reviewed the Zero Waste SWATeam iCAP recommendations and submitted a comment regarding the need for transportation resources for departments to enable them to move recyclable materials to centralized collection/drop-off points.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

  16. Weekly Updates for Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hi Pete and Shawn--

    This past week, Morgan put me in touch with Meredith Moore to set up a time to discuss tiny scale composting. We have a phone call set up for this coming Tuesday.

    Best regards,

    Marya Ryan

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