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  1. Education iCAP Team November 2023 Meeting

    The Education iCAP team met on Teams from 1-2 PM on Thursday, November 2nd. The team discussed the Green Career Fair, Sustainability in Study Abroad, Gies College of Business Sustainability content, and the Sustainability Internship Coordinator report. Meeting minutes are attached.

  2. Education iCAP Team October 2023 Meeting

    The Education iCAP team met on Teams from 1-2 PM on Thursday, October 5th. The team reviewed the iCAP Education objectives, discussed area/projects of focus for the year, and brainstormed next steps in relation to projects that are underway. Meeting minutes are attached.

  3. Education008 Accounting for Sustainability in Study Abroad - Successful

    Following is the response from the department:

    Dr. Fraterrigo and Ms. White,

    Thank you for sharing the recommendation from the Education iCAP Team regarding the incorporation of sustainability learning in study abroad programs campus-wide.  We will share the recommendation with the IACSC and plan for a fuller discussion with that group at our May meeting. As soon as the May meeting is scheduled, we’ll confirm a timeline for a formal response.

    We’re happy to discuss further if pushing the response later in May presents an issue.Thank you,

    Kristi and Luis

    See the iWG assessment of the Education008 Accounting for Sustainability in Study Abroad recommendation.

    For future updates, please refer to the Sustainability in Study Abroad project

  4. Zero Waste iCAP Meeting 4/25/23

    On April 25th, the Zero Waste iCAP team met to discuss the State Farm Center Recycling (ZW011) recommendation and brainstorm on the Zero Waste iCAP summary report for the 22-23 FY. 

    Meeting minutes are attached.

    Attached Files: 
  5. Education iCAP Team May Meeting

    Education iCAP Team had its final meeting of the 2022-2023 academic year on Tuesday, April 25th, at 4 PM. The team further discussed initial thoughts on implementation of sustainability to Business College recommendation idea, sustainability workshop recommendation idea, and next steps for sustainability internship coordinator recommendation draft. The meeting recording can be found here

  6. Education iCAP Team April Meeting

    Education iCAP Team had its virtual April meeting on Monday, April 3rd, at 4 PM. Anna Mehl gave updates on Sustainability Economic Analysis project and talked about possible next steps. Afterward, the team discussed sustainability workshop recommendation idea, brainstorming aspects of a potential sustainability workshop/training for incoming students. Meeting minutes are attached. 

  7. Education008 Accounting for Sustainability in Study Abroad - Transmitted

    On 4/10/2023, the Education008 Accounting for Sustainability in Study Abroad recommendation was transmitted to Kristi Kuntz and Luis Canales, at the Provost Office, with the following email. The iWG assessment is attached.

    Dear Ms. Kuntz and Dr. Canales,

    I am contacting you in your capacity as co-chairs of the Illinois Abroad Council Steering Committee. The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) Working Group (iWG) recently approved recommendation Education008 from the Education iCAP Team to incorporate sustainability learning and activities into study abroad programs campus-wide. The team recommends the Illinois Abroad Council Steering Committee work with the Environmental Sustainability and Study Abroad Working Group, and representatives from study abroad programs in each college, to develop policies and procedures for meeting this goal. Additional details are provided in the attached recommendation.

    The Formal iCAP Procedures include a section on campus unit responsibilities upon receipt of a recommendation, and we respectfully request your response to this recommendation by May 5, if possible. If you have any questions regarding this recommendation, please let us know. 


    Jennifer Fraterrigo



    Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)

    iCAP Working Group co-chairs

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    See the Edu008 Sustainability in Study Abroad recommendation.

    Attached Files: 
  8. Sustainability Internship Program Independent Study Documents

    Attached documents were generated as part of an independent study on a sustainability internship program. It highlights similar programs, both at UIUC and elsewhere, as well as some identification of local opportunities.

  9. Education iCAP Team February Meeting

    The education iCAP Team met for its February meeting on Monday, February 6th, at 4 PM. The team had Resilience iCAPTeam chair Stacy Gloss as a guest. Stacy presented the Sustainability Economic Analysis Recommendation of the Resilience iCAP Team, and the team discussed some revisions and educational support ideas for the recommendation. Afterward, the team discussed incorporating sustainability into 100-level courses.

    Meeting minutes are attached. 

  10. Education iCAP Team January Meeting

    Education iCAP Team had its first virtual meeting of the semester on Friday, January 20th, at 3 PM. The team has a new student member: Sydney Wei. Eric Green gave updates on his meeting with the BUS 101 course instructor Aimee Barbeau about implementing sustainability in Business classes. Afterward, after briefly explaining the iWG approved Sustainability in Study Abroad Recommendation to Sydney, the team discussed its goals and recommendation ideas for Spring 2023. 

    For this semester, the new chair of the team will be Eric Green and the vice chair will be Sydney Wei. 

    Meeting minutes are attached.

  11. iWG Meeting Minutes 12-12-22

  12. Education iCAP Team December Meeting

    Education iCAP Team had its final monthly online meeting of the semester on Monday, December 5th, at 5 PM. The team had two guests from GIES College of Business: Gopesh Anand and Sharon Shavitt. The team discussed potential ways to improve sustainability education at the College of Business with the guests. Afterward, the team further discussed the Sustainability in Study Abroad Recommendation draft, which is ready to be submitted to iWG. Finally, the team chair, Jessica Nicholson, gave updates on the Sustainability Gen-Ed project. The meeting minutes are attached. 

  13. Edu008 Sustainability in Study Abroad - Submitted

    The Education iCAP Team submitted the Edu008 Sustainability in Study Abroad recommendation to the iWG on 12/6/22. The recommendation (attached) states:

    The Illinois Abroad Council Steering Committee (IACSC) with the Environmental Sustainability and Study Abroad Working Group will charge the Directors of each college’s study abroad program with assigning a member to this study abroad sustainability working group. Further, each Director should be charged to meet with the  Environmental Sustainability and Study Abroad Working Group once per semester, at minimum. Through involvement in this working group, these representatives will gain the background needed to develop a collaborative effort to address climate-related impacts associated with study abroad. This would elicit a set of best practices and policy for all college-based international programs office in the areas of program orientation, re-entry programming, program policies regarding travel, community engagement, short term faculty led programming, environmental awareness and education. Continued support from iSEE and ongoing consultation with iSEE will be appreciated. As the program evolves, public updates on the iCAP portal will be of benefit to all stakeholders.



  14. Education iCAP Team November Meeting

    The Education iCAP Team had its online November meeting on Monday, November 7th, from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. The team worked on drafting a new Sustainability in Study Abroad recommendation. The team will continue to revise the recommendation and have it ready for iWG to review at their December meeting. Meeting minutes are attached. 

  15. Campus Sustainability Celebration - 10/17/22

    The 2022 Campus Sustainability Celebration was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated! The PowerPoint presentation is attached, and the agenda for the event was as follows:

    • 3-3:15 PM – Welcome
      • Jennifer Fraterrigo, on behalf of Director Madhu Khanna (iSEE)
      • Chancellor Jones
      • Vice Chancellor Susan Martinis (OVCRI)
    • 3:15 – 3:30 PM – Holistic initiatives
      • Plastic reduction (Jen)
      • Clean energy/Solar Farm 3 (Morgan)
      • Greener Campus Program (Meredith)
    • 3:30 – 4:40 PM – iCAP Team presentations
      • Energy
      • Transportation
      • Land and Water
      • Zero Waste
      • Education
      • Engagement
      • Resilience
    • 4:40 – 5 PM – Student groups (SSLC, SSC) – Jack Reicherts and Maiah Caise
      • Closing remarks by Jennifer Fraterrigo (on behalf of Madhu Khanna)
    • 5 – 6 PM – Celebration - refreshments, roundtable forum with each iCAP Team, student tabling session  
  16. Education iCAP Team October 2022 Meeting

    Education iCAP Team had its online October meeting on Monday, October 10th, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. The team worked on the Campus Sustainability Celebration slides, discussed a potential action idea on listing courses that focus on other aspects of sustainability than environment, and talked about inviting people from various departments to discuss Sustainability in Study Abroad Recommendation. Meeting minutes are attached. 


  17. Urban Biodiversity Master Plan Student Support

    Biodiversity Plan intern Gabriel Harper-Hagen is looking for students and student groups to help him develop two iNaturalist surveys for the project. Here is the detailed explanation from Gabe:

    The survey will act as a pilot for future surveying around campus and the broader community. We will have two surveys: one focused on animals and one focused on plants. This is because of the different methods of surveying each. The surveys will benefit from as many students that would be interested in this for either one (Or both). The survey will attempt to efficiently gather data about the diversity of plant and animal species found on campus to create a baseline for what is present and to help identify gaps on the campus where diversity may be lacking. If successful, I hope to expand the model to other parts of the community including the park districts to have larger community based BioBlitz seasonally to keep track of the diversity in the area and measure success of the biodiversity plan. 


    As far as students can help, we need enough people to survey the area efficiently in a reasonable amount of time. The student groups and individual students would be helping in an initial survey that focuses only on the campus. My thought is that a date will be set for each of the two surveys where the participants can join to go over brief instructions on identifying plants with iNaturalist, adding them to the project, and explaining the purpose of surveying. iNaturalist allows for specific project data to be collected within a region which is then peer reviewed. Ideally, there will be some experts (students or professors if appropriate) that join for each survey to help with logistics and identification. I hope this will not only be a useful database for our campus to utilize, but also a fun learning experience. 


    All iCAP students and environmental student groups are encouraged to participate. If interested, please email Gabe ( and Resilience iCAP Team clerk Asli Topuzlu ( 

  18. Edu007 Big Ten Career Fair - Transmitted

    Following the completion of the iWG assessment of Edu007 Big Ten Career Fair, the recommendation and assessment were transmitted to Jim Hintz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Inclusion, and Belonging.

    The iWG assessment is attached. 
    See the submission and recommendation of Edu007 Big Ten Career Fair. 

    Attached Files: 
  19. Education Team Returned Recommendation Meeting Notes

    The Education iCAP team had a virtual meeting from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM on Friday, September 23rd, to talk about two returned recommendations.

    EDU_006 Sustainability in Study Abroad Recommendation: The Education team decided to move on with this recommendation by broadening it on implementing sustainability across all study abroad curriculum. The team will discuss this further at its upcoming October meeting on 10/03 and draft a new recommendation that will build off the original one. 

    EDU_005 Sustainable Scholars Program Recommendation: The Education team decided to postpone this recommendation and not consider it for now due to not having enough necessary information defined. The team also thinks that it is too early for this recommendation due to the lack of general sustainability education on campus. The team will get final thoughts about this recommendation from all team members at the October meeting. 

    Meeting minutes are attached.