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  1. PWR010 Ethics Video recommendation - Supplanted by PWR014

  2. Sustainability Best Practices Guide

    Associated Project(s): 

    Attached is a draft presentation entitled Sustainability Best Practices Guide.

    Hi all,


    The attached “Sustainability Best Practices Guide” started as a document from a student team in 2021 and has somewhat evolved since then. Do you have any comments or suggestions? This will be posted on the iSEE website, iCAP Portal, and shared with Housing.




  3. Kick off the New Year with our Campus Sustainability Training!

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    Get your semester off to a green start by learning how to live more sustainably and support Illinois Climate Action Plan goals for carbon neutrality and climate resilience! Visit the iSEE website to watch a video with helpful tips tailored to your role as a faculty or staff member. Afterward, take a brief survey to weigh in on campus climate action priorities - and possibly win a prize!

    Julie Wurth • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

    Kick off the New Year with our Campus Sustainability Training!

  4. Sustainability Best Practices Video Update: Results & Data

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    As of December 01, 2021, the Sustainability Best Practices Video has accumulated the following statistics:

    Video Views as of December 01, 2021 at 9:37 AM CST:

    • STUDENTS: 240
    • Total Reach of Videos: 660
    • Surveys: 254 (38% of watches filled out the survey)

    Moving forward, efforts may be directed towards drawing attention, completing a beginning-of-semester (SP22) push before classes begin, and addressing divestment & recognizing student concerns.


  5. Our Bid for ‘Herd Sustainability’

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    In October, iSEE was proud to present a set of new Sustainability Training Videos designed to help students, faculty, and staff incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives and support Illinois Climate Action Plan goals in all their actions.

    Interim Director Madhu Khanna sent out a campus massmail on Oct. 20 — Campus Sustainability Day— asking all members of the campus community to join us in becoming more sustainable and maintaining the University of Illinois reputation as a worldwide leader in commitments to carbon neutrality and climate resilience.

    The videos highlight the extensive progress campus has made as well as specific steps each individual can take to be more sustainable, from recycling to biking to water conservation.

    The Institute tailored videos to individuals’ role on campus as students, faculty/researchers, or staff/administration/community members. All are asked to take a brief survey to let iSEE know what campus is doing right and what should be prioritized. Additional helpful links are included below each video as well. As our narrator says, “Let’s show the world what it means to be sustainable Illini!”

    See the attached file for the iQ Fall 2021 to read this article in its original form. And, view the videos on the iSEE webpage!

  6. Fall 2020: iSEE Quarterly Update (iQ)

    The Fall 2020 iSEE Quarterly Update (iQ) was released with the following message from Madhu Khanna, the Interim Director of iSEE:


    Dear Colleagues,

    Attached, please find attached the Fall 2020 “iQ” – the quarterly update from the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE).

    It has been two months since I became interim director of ISEE.  It has been exciting to see ISEE bring in multimillion-dollar research grants, launch a new research initiative in regenerative agriculture, and help coalesce sustainable agriculture research on our campus during this period.

    Our Certificate in Environmental Writing has engaged students in making insightful contributions to a new issue of Q Magazine. We have also expanded our opportunities for education and scholarly discourse with several online events, including those on nuclear energy and geothermal energy research.

    We formally launched the new Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP 2020) on Oct 20, 2020. This ambitious plan is the result of the hard work of campus sustainability folks who worked hand-in-hand with Facilities & Services and incorporated the vision of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members into a plan for the next five years and beyond — all the way to carbon neutrality no later than 2050!

    I am so grateful to Evan Delucia for his efforts over the first seven years as the first director of our Institute. He has left iSEE as a vibrant part of the Illinois community, and I am working with our outstanding ISEE staff to expand upon the work already begun — as evidenced in this six-page update.

    Please take a quick look at those updates and more in “iQ.” For more regular news, please sign up for our E-newsletter at

    Wishing you a successful end to the fall semester,


  7. eweek announcement

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    Sustainability Training

    The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) and Facilities and Services is excited to release a brief training opportunity to learn more about campus sustainability efforts and the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) 2020! We encourage all campus members to take the training and participate by providing feedback following the video. 

    Meredith Moore • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

    baseline_wifi_black_18dp.png This opportunity is available online.

  8. Ethics training update 3/19/2020

    Associated Project(s): 

    A small task force has been meeting weekly to discuss the content and implementation of the sustainability component within the ethics training. 


    We are proposing to begin the training with four (or maybe three, if we drop one) questions along these lines, with the purpose being to get people’s attention and draw them in; each of these questions contains an interesting fact:


    1. Did you know that the U of I campus currently sends about 55,000 pounds of waste to the landfill each day?


    2. Did you know that some coffee (or other liquid) left in a cup can contaminate an entire bag of otherwise recyclable materials so that the entire bag is sent to the landfill? 


    3. Did you know that every ton of recycled paper saves about 17 trees, 7000 gallons of water, and the energy needed to power the average U.S. home for six months?


    4. Did you know that the U of I campus is committed to net zero emissions by 2050 (or earlier if possible)? (“net zero emissions” should be explained or other wording used)


    (Perhaps use this wording as we introduce the above questions: “some questions for you”)



    Next we provide information from the 2020 iCAP that bears on each of these questions and the fact it contains. (Perhaps use this wording as we introduce this information: “some details you may be interested to learn”) Start with a brief explanation of the scope and aims of the 2020 iCAP (2020 Illinois Climate Action Plan).


    Further information re #1: The 2020 iCAP commits our campus to a comprehensive Zero Waste Program/Plan by XXXX. This is the U.S. EPA definition of Zero Waste:  

    [Zero Waste means the] conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health. … Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

    Zero Waste Campus means sending nothing to a landfill or incinerator.  Add something re how far we currently are from Zero Waste.


    Further information re #2: Perhaps include something here about the practice of checking all

    materials that are placed in recycling containers to make sure there is no contamination. Also some general info re recycling such as this: The 2020 iCAP commits our campus to having recycling bins everywhere they are needed across campus by SP21. (Confirm date in final draft of iCAP.)


    Further information re #3: The 2020 iCAP commits our campus to achieving this goal:


    By the end of SP21, applicable staff will have been educated on proper sustainability goal metrics, standards, and policies; at least 50% of purchases of products like office paper, cleaning products, computers, other electronics, and freight/package delivery services must be sustainable to meet campus standards by FY21, and 75% by FY25. (Note: this wording is from an early draft of the iCAP.)


    Perhaps this is a good place to include more information about the benefits of recycling and about what can currently be recycled on campus.


    Further information re #4:

    Explain here the iCAP target of zero GHG emissions. Explain what this means and some of its implications, using the wording from the 2020 iCAP. Use wording in “Targets” section of Energy SWATeam’s contribution to iCAP). Add something re how far we currently are from achieving zero GHG emissions.


    Next – and after enough information about current steps and goals has been provided - extend an invitation to reflect about what each of us on campus can do or are already doing; also how the campus can do better. (Another option discussed: move this invitation to the end of the training and combine it with the invitation to be involved.)


    Next:  A section on laws, policies, resources, information with lots of links.


    Last: invitation to people taking the training to be involved. 


  9. PWR014 Sustainability Ethics Training - Successful

    Following the completion of iWG assessment for PWR014 Sustainability Ethics Training, the recommendation was transmitted to Dr. Evan DeLucia, Director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, who agreed that this is a great recommendation. Collaboration between the Zero Waste SWATeam, iSEE Communications team, and the University Ethics Office will result in training questions and videos to be included in the annual Ethics Training for staff and faculty.

    See iWG assessment of PWR014 Sustainability Ethics Training attached.  The iWG recommends: "Council: We would like to pilot this as an optional, five minute addendum to the annual Ethics Traning. SWATeams: Work with the ethics office and iWG to recmmend questions by the end of October 2019."

    See SWATeam Recommendation PWR014 Sustainability Ethics Training here.

    For future updates, see Sustainability Training Best Practices Video. 

  10. Meeting Minutes for iWG Meeting July 2, 2019

    These are the meeting minutes of the July 2, 2019 Illinois Climate Action Plan Working Group.  Several SWATeam recommendations were assessed in this meeting.

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