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  1. Sustainability Council Meeting 12-13-22

    The Sustainability Council met on 12-13-22 and discussed the following agenda:

    • Zero Waste
    • Energy Planning
    • Strategic Plan
    • Old Business
      - Sustainability General Education Requirement
      - Sustainable Land Management Committee Report

    The meeting minutes and slide deck are attached. 

  2. SLMC report and invitation to present

    Below is an email exchange between Jennifer Fraterrigo and Adam Davis:

    Hi Adam,


    Madhu mentioned that you agreed to summarize the work and any future plans of the SLMC in a 1-pg report. Once we have the report, we will post it on the iCAP Portal along with the charge letter:


    Would you be available to present the accomplishments of the SLMC at the upcoming Sustainability Sub-Council and Council meetings? I am thinking 5 min would be enough to cover the three responsibilities listed in the charge letter and any related developments, but let me know if more time is needed. The Sub-Council will meet from 11:00 – 12:00 on Thurs, Nov 17 and the Sustainability Council will meet from 2:30 – 4:00 on Tues, Dec 13.





    Hi Jen,


    I’m happy to speak to these groups; five minutes should be fine. I’ve attached the short summary of committee activity and current follow-up activity.






    I attached the report from Adam. I propose we discuss with Madhu next week during the management meeting before posting to the iCAP portal.




  3. Composting and Cover Crops on Dairy/South Farms

    The following is an email conversation discussing a meeting which covers the Dairy/South farms.

    Good afternoon,


    As a reminder, we will be meeting tomorrow at 2:00 PM to discuss moving forward with composting and cover crops at the dairy farm/South Farms. The meeting details are below. If you can no longer participate, please let me know.






    Good morning,

    Nice meeting with everyone yesterday. Do not hesitate to contact me if there are opportunities to collaborate on hypothesis-driven extramurally funded research related to sustainable systems for integrated livestock and crop production. I will be pleased to participate or more likely connect you with appropriate PIs in animal sciences.


    Emily, I will appreciate it if you can direct me to some resources on the COMET program.

    Best wishes,


  4. Sustainability Sub-Council Meeting Minutes 3-30-22

    The Sustainability Sub-Council met on 3-30-22 in preparation of the Sustainability Council meeting. The agenda was as follows: 

    • Introductions
    • Sustainable Land Management (for South Farms)
    • Waste Reduction Strategies
    • Updates – Campus Landscape Master Plan, Sustainability Gen Ed requirement
    • STARS report

    The meeting minutes and PowerPoint presentation are attached. 

  5. Sustainable Land Management Committee Meeting 9-17-21

    The committee convened for the first time on 9-17-21 to discuss priorities and next steps to accomplish the committee charges:

    1. Develop plan for evaluating/inventorying existing sustainable land management practices on the South Farms on non-research land, and for increasing the sustainability of SF land mgt. practices.
    2. Update Agronomy Handbook with relevant, sustainable BMPs
    3. Work with interested tenants on University-owned land to showcase the recommended sustainable land management practices in the updated Agronomy Handbook.

    The presentation is attached. 

  6. ALUFS004 South Farm Management Plan - Successful

    The Sustainability Sub-Council discussed and approved this recommendation at the March 18, 2021 meeting.  The meeting minutes are online at:

    The key next steps are:

    • Form “Sustainable Land Management Committee” with both ACES and non-ACES representation (e.g., iSEE, F&S, UI System, Ag Property Management, Engineering, etc.)
    • Madhu will work with ACES to form this committee, which will focus on incorporating sustainable land management practices on South Farms, extension opportunities, and updating agronomy handbook and recommended set of practices
    • South Farms will ultimately be an example of how to demonstrate sustainability practices and will connect with farmers who are willing and engaged with these practices

    See iWG assessment started for ALUFS004 South Farm Management Plan here.

    See SWATeam recommendation ALUFS004 South Farm Management Plan here.

    For future updates on this effort, visit Sustainable Land Management Committee.

  7. Sustainability Council Meeting 4-28-21

    The Sustainability Council met on April 28, 2021 and discussed the following: 

    • iCAP Dashboard
    • Post-pandemic Implications for iCAP 
    • Student Sustainability Leadership Council
    • Engagement001: General Education Board Sustainability Task Committee
    • Land Management
    • Overview of F&S Energy Management Plan 
    • Energy004: ACES Energy Performance Contract 

    See PowerPoint attached.

  8. Sustainability Land Management Committee Charge Letter

    Madhu Khanna, iSEE Interim Director, sent out a charge letter inviting colleagues to serve on the ISEE-ACES-F&S Sustainable Land Management Committee. As a newly founded committee, it is designed to evaluate and incorporate sustainable land management practices at the University of Illinois South Farms on non-research land and beyond the campus boundaries on some of the University-owned land.

    The letter expanded on the goals of the committee, as well as its responsibilities to drive initiatives forward.

    Read the letter in the attached files below.