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  1. Trash Cleanup 10/19/22 - Data

    The trash pickup on 10/19/22 was a great success, with beautiful weather and a lot of fun, too! We had more than 70 people volunteer, a record turn out. We picked up enough trash to fill an entire dumpster. Most groups helped track and characterize the waste, too. The categories and data are attached.

  2. Trash Cleanup 10/19/22 - Email to participants


    Thank you for attending the Campus Trash Pickup on 10/19! You were among more than 70 volunteers who helped make campus cleaner that day, a record turnout! Additionally, the data you collected about the kind of waste you found helps us characterize University of Illinois’ waste stream, so we can know what outreach we need to carry out in order to decrease waste and litter on campus.

    In just an hour and a half, we collected enough waste to fill an entire dumpster (we had to put overflow trash in blue receptacles, too)! Data highlights include more than 300 plastic straws, cups, and utensils; 225 beverage cans, 35 plastic bags, and countless cigarette butts. This is amazing!

    At the event, many of you had ideas about future trash pickups, such as adding an educational component before or after the event, and more. If you have any ideas and would like help or to collaborate, do not hesitate to reach out to this email! We can’t do this without your help!

    We took a lot of awesome photos from this event, as well. Check out this Box Folder for pictures.

    Looking for more ways to be involved in sustainability?

    Thanks again for joining us during Campus Sustainability Month’s trash clean up. Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas for future events.

    Meredith Moore, iSEE Sustainability Programs Manager

    Emily Dickett, iSEE Sustainability Intern

  3. Upcoming sustainability events - August 2022

    The semester is right around the corner. Welcome back to campus! You are invited to several upcoming climate-related events:

    1. Let’s Talk about Sustainability: iSEE (Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) is hosting a daily in-person gathering from 10-11 AM during the first week of the semester (August 22-26) in the South Lounge at the Illini Union. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Together, we will listen to a brief presentation by a subject-matter expert (agenda below), followed by an open discussion of ideas and questions from attendees. Stop by one morning - or each day next week - and help spread the word! This is a great opportunity to get connected, ask questions, network, and strengthen your interest in campus sustainability.
    • Monday 8/22: Meet iSEE/iCAP with campus sustainability staff
    • Tuesday 8/23: Plastic reduction with ISTC and Champaign County
    • Wednesday 8/24: Student involvement with SSLC (Student Sustainability Leadership Council)/SECs (Students for Environmental Concerns)
    • Thursday 8/25: Sustainable transportation (learn how to register your bike – and more!) with F&S and the Bike Center
    • Friday 8/26: Educational opportunities with iSEE
    1. Urbana Park District's Climate Action Week 2022 will be held throughout next week, August 22-28. Daily events include tours, hiking and lunch & learns. The week will culminate in a main event at Crystal Lake Park on Saturday, August 27, from 1 PM-4 PM. Click the title link to learn more about UPD's Green Initiatives and Programs.
    2. iSEE’s TED Talk: Eco-Edition series: Kick start your commitment to sustainability this academic year on Wednesday, August 31 from 7-8 PM. This month’s Zoom Ted Talk event is hosted by the four co-presidents of the Student Sustainability Leadership Council (SSLC): Jack Reicherts, Danika Ford, Owen Jennings, and Maiah Caise. We will watch a pre-recorded TED Talk followed by a guided, thought-provoking discussion. The discussion will highlight environmental activism and how to get involved in environmental initiatives on campus. All are welcome, whether near or far! Register here.

    Have you signed up for the iSEE newsletter yet? This is the best way to stay up-to-date on all things sustainability. Let me know if you have any questions, and see you soon!

  4. "Let's Talk about Sustainability" Event Agenda

    From: Moore, Meredith Kaye <mkm0078 at>
    Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2022 2:23 PM
    To: Mancuso, Anthony D <tmancuso at>; Wurth Asmussen, Julie Ann <jwurth at>
    Cc: White, Morgan <mbwhite at>; Fraterrigo, Jennifer M <jmf at>; Murphy, Elizabeth A <eamurphy at>; Khanna, Madhu <khanna1 at>
    Subject: "Let's Talk about Sustainability" event agenda


    Hi all,


    We now have confirmation for the “Let’s Talk about Sustainability” event agenda. As a reminder, this will be held each morning (10-11AM) in the South Lounge of the Union during the first week of the semester (August 22-27).

    Monday 8/22 – Meet iSEE/iCAP with sustainability staff

    Tuesday 8/23 – Plastic reduction with ISTC

    Wednesday 8/24 – Student involvement with SSLC/SECS/SSC

    Thursday 8/25 – Sustainable transportation (learn how to register your bike, take the bus, etc) with F&S and Bike Center

    Friday 8/26 – Educational opportunities with iSEE


    The purpose is to welcome students to campus, help them learn more about sustainability efforts on campus and in the community, and engage them in panel discussions on specific topics. Each morning, there will be a brief presentations (10-15 minutes) about a topic by a subject-matter expert, followed by open discussion and questions from attendees. They are not meant to be very formal but instead to spark the curiosity and interest of students and staff, particularly those who are new to campus, and help them find ways to become involved in advocacy and a local culture of sustainability. This event is open to all!


    The Communications Team is in the process of creating a Facebook event for the event; it will also be advertised in the iSEE newsletter next week, EWeek/iNews/GradLinks, and at the Welcome Celebration. Please help advertise the event in your circles as well and let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.


    Thank you!


    “There are a lot of dreamers – dreaming is very important, but it’s really the dreamer and the doer. You’ve got to be the doer.” –Will Steger  

    Sustainability Programs Manager 

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)
    1101 W Peabody Drive (Suite 382), Urbana, IL, 61801
    217.333.0119 | mkm0078 at


  5. 2021 Campus Sustainability Celebration!

    All are invited to the 2021 Campus Sustainability Celebration and appreciation event! Meet and network with your peer sustainability advocates and hear about exciting campus sustainability progress! Since the event is in person, please be prepared to wear a mask and show your Safer Illinois app or equivalent status. If you can't make it in person, watch the livestream on YouTube! >>>

    October 20, 1–4 pm • National Center for Supercomputing Applications lobby, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana

    Julie Wurth • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

    2021 Campus Sustainability Celebration!

  6. Trash Cleanup 10/15/21

    October is Campus Sustainability Month and there are many events to get involved and make a positive difference toward our campus sustainability efforts. On Friday, October 15, we are hosting our second trash cleanup event. We will meet at the pavilion on Engineering Quad at 3:30 p.m. and disperse from there to pick up trash across campus. Resources will be provided. Stay for as long as you are able, and bring a friend. Everyone is welcome! It will be fun!

    Check out more events during Campus Sustainability Month on the iSEE website: 

  7. Saskia Sassen, "When Corona Virus Meets the City"

    Saskia Sassen, "When Corona Virus Meets the City"

    Climate migrations are often characterized as moving people from low to higher income countries, or from rural to urban areas (particularly into slums or low-income neighborhoods).  However, climate change will endanger cities across the globe.  Is this a realistic concern and what impact could it have on migratory flows? What role will cities play in climate migrations (for good or for bad)? 

    February 9, 12 PM • Zoom Registration Link

    Maria Dorofeeva • Center for Global Studies

  8. Mini-Talks on the Economics of Sustainability

    You're invited to the first ever Mini-Talks webinar from the Center for the Economics of Sustainability ( on October 28th! Join us during the lunch hour for four bite-sized talks on cutting-edge research in sustainability economics. Register here by October 26th. 

    Mini-Talks on the Economics of Sustainability

    October 28, 12–1 pm • Register by 10/26 • Online/Zoom

    Isaac Wisthuff • Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

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  9. MillerComm Lecture

    Interdisciplinary climate scientist to present MillerComm Lecture

    As part of Earth Week 2019, world-renowned climatologist Jonathan Overpeck, the dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, will present “The Big Dry: New Drought Projections for the Southwest, Great Lakes and Beyond” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Spurlock Museum's Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory, U. The lecture is free and open to the public.

    Tony Mancuso . Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)

  10. Keeling Lecture

    Climate expert Kerry Emanuel to deliver 2019 Charles David Keeling Lecture

    As part of Earth Week 2019, MIT’s Emanuel will present "Severe Thunderstorms and Climate" at 5 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U. He will focus on an environmental prerequisite for severe storms: Convective Available Potential Energy, a measure of the potential energy in moist atmospheres that can be released explosively. Event is open to the public.

    Tony Mancuso . Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)

  11. Climate Change lecture

    Climate Change: The Science, Why We Should Care and What We All Can Do

    Join us for an important discussion on our worlds important and most pressing subject: climate change. Donald J. Wuebbles is an expert in atmospheric physics and chemistry and the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois, helps us understand the science, why we should care, and what we all can do. Find more information on our registration page.

    Amanda Christenson . Cooperative Extension Service

  12. Biodiversity and Conservation lecture

    Solving the World’s Challenges: Biodiversity and Conservation

    This panel presentation at 3 p.m. on April 9 will be an opportunity for people to come together in the Funk ACES Library (second floor) to learn about and discuss research related to one of the world’s major challenges. Three experts from across campus will each discuss their research related to biodiversity and conservation. A short reception with light refreshments will follow a Q&A. . Funk ACES Library

  13. Environmental Town Hall

    Environmental Town Hall will be Sept. 14 at Beckman Institute

    A Champaign County Environmental Town Hall will be from 3 to 4:15 p.m on Sept 14 in the Beckman Institute Auditorium, Room 1025. The event will include a panel discussion on the Future Energy Jobs Act, as well as renewable energy, clean jobs, and other environmental issues, and time for questions. Please register at

    Robert Goldman . Science Policy Group & Union of Concerned Scientists

  14. Archived - previous project description

     The Office of Sustainability strives to build a culture of environmental stewardship on campus.  Building and developing this culture requires constant engagement with the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike.  The OS attempts to participate in every possible engagement activity offered to make an effort to influence behavior. The OS annually implements or participates in the following events:

    • Quad Day
    • Sustainability Week – National Sustainability Day
    • National Food Day
    • Faculty – Staff Expo
    • Wellness Fair at Faculty-Staff Seminar
    • Earth Week
  15. Announcing registration for Congress

    Registration open for major conference on campus

    As water and land for agriculture decrease and our climate changes, how do we feed the estimated 9 billion people who will populate the Earth by 2050? From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment will gather 22 leading world scholars on campus to explore the issues. Register today for iSEE Congress 2014 — "Feeding 9 Billion: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture."

    Anthony D Mancuso • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment