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  1. Urbana hosts rain barrel and compost bin sale

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    Discounted Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale Scheduled for this Saturday

    The Cities of Urbana and Champaign along with the University of Illinois Extension will host a truck sale this Saturday featuring deeply discounted rain barrels and compost bins.  The May 25th sale will be held in the parking lot north of the City Building at the corner of South Vine Street and East Green Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    Rain barrels, available for purchase for $55.00, help residents store water for gardening.  This practice helps reduce demand on aquifer water while reducing runoff to the city stormwater system.  Compost bins, available for purchase for $45.00, help residents turn food scrap and landscape trimmings into nutrient-rich compost for gardening while reducing waste sent to landfills.  Associated compost products including kitchen collection containers, compost aerators, and compost thermometers will also be available for purchase.

    Interested residents should park at the City Building or other designated parking areas and line up to make their purchases on foot.  After making purchases residents can load their vehicles in the alley behind the parking lot.  For faster service on the day of the sale, residents can pre-pay for their products online at

    For more information, please contact Scott Tess at 217-384-2381 or

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  2. New Shop Manager Hired for Campus Bicycle Shop

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    James Roedl has been hired as the new Campus Bicycle Shop Manager, replacing Ken Sutto.  James' first day of work is May 28, 2013. Ken's last day is June 14, 2013, giving the two managers roughly 3 weeks of overlap for training and orientation. The shop will remain open during regular hours, Monday-Thursday, 2-6pm and Friday, 2-5:30pm. The Campus Bicycle Shop Manager reports to the Sustainability Coordinator in Facilities & Services (Morgan Johnston), and is funded jointly by the University and The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign. James can be contacted at

  3. kick-off meeting

    The USGBC Illinois Chapter Green Schools subcommittee has worked for a few years on greening K-12 schools.  Now they are initiating a Higher-Education subcommittee, focused on supporting Green Universities and Colleges in Illinois.  During the first subcommittee meeting, we went through this agenda:

    1. Introductions of Meeting Participants - All
    2. Overview of Sub-Committee Mission, Vision and Goals – Paul Matthews and John Brophy
    3. Discussion of Sub-Committee Structure and Team Leaders – Ed Choklek
    4. Questions and Answers Concerning Agenda Items 2 & 3 – Sub-committee Leadership Team
    5. Homework Assignments for future Sub-Committee Meetings – All
    6. Next Meeting Dates – June 17, July 15, and August 19 (3rd Monday of each month at 6:00pm)

    The kick-off meeting had the attached files associated with it. 

    Attendees: John Brophy, Paul Matthews, Ed Choklek, Stephenie Presseller, Vuk Vujovic, Candace Small, and Brian Healy in person. Jennifer Fifield, Allessandra Cairo, Morgan Johnston, Tom Shelton, Tim Gibson, Sajid Mian, Ted Renner, Missy Nergard, Craig Anz and Stella Nicolet by phone.

    The following is list of ideas for covering at future meetings:        Net Zero Waste, Greening Small Construction/Renovation Projects, Tree Campus USA, USGBC Student Chapter Support, Recyclemania, USGBC Membership Benefits to Students, Community Green Initiative, Justifying LEED Certification, LEED for Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance, LEED/Sustainability at Liberal Arts Institutions, Green Career Fairs, Convincing College/University Leadership to adopt LEED NC, LEED ND, and/or LEED EBO&M, 2013 Green Apple Day of Service and the Relevance of LEED and Sustainability for Business and Other Non-Technical Students Across Different Disciplines.

  4. No-Mow Signage

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    The University campus has designated several different areas as No-Mow Zones. There is signage at these locations that explains that the area is a no-mow zone and the benefits of no-mow zones.

  5. LEED Building Signs

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    Each LEED certified building on campus has signage that highlights the green features of that building. All new renovation or construction provides signage with information about the green features.

    For example, the Business Instructional Facility (BIF) has a large electronic, interactive monitor that allows visitors to review each of the green features of the building.

  6. University of Illinois award application for continuous improvement

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was submitted (and later recognized) in the continuous improvement category for the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award in 2013.  It is clear that this campus is serious about meeting our commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.  This was emphasized this year, when “Energy, Environment, and Sustainability” was identified as a top priority for the Urbana-Champaign campus.  Through the many iCAP projects completed and in progress, the campus is becoming a better steward of our financial, human, and natural resources.  Our goal is to be the model of sustainability for campuses across the globe.

  7. Decaying Water Main Infrastructure

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    According to the EPA, about 30 percent of the pipes the United States water infrastructure are between 40 to 80 years old. The aging water system is dangerous to public health and often causes property loss and inconvenience. The University's pipe survey, which looked at the pipe system on campus property to find leaks, will help to combat this national problem at the university level.

  8. Bike fix-it station update

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    From: Neptune, Amelia
    Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:27 PM
    To: Ortiz, Benita Vonne
    Cc: Johnston, Morgan B
    Subject: Bicycle Repair Station outside of Allen Hall

    Hi Vonne,

    As you may recall, earlier in the school year we had discussed that there is some funding for a new bicycle repair station near Allen Hall/CRCE. The original location we proposed near Gregory Drive in front of CRCE was rejected by the Architecture Review Committee, and they have proposed a better location near the bike parking area in front of Allen Hall. I would like to get your OK on this location before we move forward.

    The first attached PDF shows the location proposed by the Architecture Review Committee. As you’ll see in the photos on pages 2 and 3, it is on existing pavement, close to the bike parking, but not blocking a walkway, which I think is ideal.

    The second PDF shows the specifications of the newly designed repair stations so you know what it would look like. The new design is much smaller and (in my opinion) more attractive than the existing repair stations we have elsewhere on campus. The blue color of the existing stations is no longer available, so our plan is to match the color of the adjacent bike parking, in this case black.

    Please let me know if Housing has any objections to this location, or would like to meet there in person to discuss it further. Once I have your approval, we’ll move forward placing the order and installing this summer.  Please let me know if there are any questions.

    Thank you,



    Amelia Neptune

    Campus Bicycle Coordinator

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    1501 S. Oak, Champaign, IL 61820


  9. herbicide to be sprayed

    From: Marlin, John C
    Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 4:37 PM
    To: Welch, Ryan B
    Cc: Johnston, Morgan B
    Subject: Grass herbicide for Florida Orchard

    A container of Assure II is now at the S. Lincoln grounds Barn.  I left it with Eric who put it in the location with the chemicals.  There is a note taped to the top with my name on it and saying it is for Ryan Welch for Florida—Orchard.

    I am supposed to mention that the herbicide needs to have a little crop oil mixed in as per the label.  Also the person who sprayed last time said to make sure your guy knows there are a couple ground hog holes in the field.

    The targeted grass is quackgrass.   The prime target areas are fairly obvious and need the most attention.  The worst area is just south of the mulched area and extends quite a way up the hill.  It should probably be done first in case we run out of mix.   Then there is a large swath just to the west of the trees going most of the way up the field. 

    Attached is a copy of the Assure II label. 

    I will need a little warning in order to remove some marker flags from the field.   Use my cell as well as email, as I do not always see my email in a timely manner.   We can be ready about any time you can schedule it.    

    The spray can come a couple feet  into the edge of the mulched area.   I will put pink flags along the edge.  If possible use a machine with some extended spray arms to minimize the number of prairie plants that will be ridden over by wheels.   The bar on the sprayer that did the roundup last year had wide wheels and the spray bar was only as wide as the machine.

    The weather channel predicts next Tue and Wed as 10% chance of rain.



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  10. The Illinois Energy Enterprise

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking to the future and developing a strategy to meet the evolving energy needs of the campus. After several years of addressing deficiencies in utility production, distribution, and monitoring, the campus is proactively shaping its energy enterprise. The university is uniquely positioned to serve as a large-scale laboratory to test theories and potential technological advancements through collaboration with faculty members, researchers, and industry partners.

  11. Art and Design bike racks funded

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    To Davie Akins, Please proceed with the bike parking upgrade on the west side of Art and Design, per the previous discussions we have had.  The SSC funding will contribute $11,849.50 from CFOP: 1-629514-814006-xxxxxx-191200-814BIK. - from Morgan Johnston

  12. Funding request submitted to SSC for FY14

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    F&S requested $30,266 funding from the SSC for the Campus Bicycle Shop for fiscal year 2014.  The funding was awarded, contingent on not requesting additional funding in future years.

    According to the funding award letter, "Because SSC grants are intended as seed or bridge funding, this grant was approved with the understanding that this project will not seek SSC funding in future years."

  13. Traffic Skills 101 Course to be Offered on May 4, 2013

    Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) will be offered May 4 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the C-U Mass Transit District, 1101 E. University, Urbana. The course is designed to give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques will be covered. The curriculum is fast-paced and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. It is recommended for children and adults over the age of 14.

    Pre-registration is required. Contact Cynthia Hoyle at or (217)278-9059.

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  14. Free Cycling Savvy Course to be Offered April 25, 2013

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    Another Cycling Savvy course will be offered April 25. The course will take place in the Natural Resources Building, Room 101, 615 E. Peabody, Champaign, IL. There’s no charge for Cycling Savvy, which is open to anyone 15 years and older. No amount of cycling experience is required.

    Cycling Savvy will use a guided discussion, photos, illustrations, animations, and videos to educate attendees about safe and effective biking. The course will be divided into three sections: Knowledge of the Law, Knowledge of Bicycling Safety, and Knowledge of Traffic Cycling Problem Solving. Knowledge of the Law will cover the legal rights and responsibilities of cyclists. Knowledge of Bicycling Safety will discuss the causes of bicycle crashes and how to avoid them. This portion will also show that cycling is safe. The third portion, Knowledge of Traffic Cycling Problem Solving, will assess several traffic cycling situations and how a savvy cyclist negotiates such situations.

    More information is available at

    Register for the course at

  15. suggestion for community gardens

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    In 2013, the Student Sustainability Committee received this project suggestion: "Community gardens built on the farmlands at Orchard Downs would benefit direct participants, households, and the community. Main participants in the project would be university students, local residents, and children from an after-school program nearby. The participants would not only benefit from the food produced, but the agricultural knowledge, environmental consciousness, and community interaction associate with working on a community farm.

    The gardens will be designed in a biointensive way, meaning they will be organic agricultural plots that focus on yielding maximal produce on a small plot and maintaining the quality of the soil. The gardens may be implemented in greenhouses, hoop houses, or outdoors depending on the seasonal limitations decided upon in the final designs of the garden.

    Students can register to do volunteer work at the community garden that would be counted toward course credit. Students and their relatives can also request plot to farm on, from which they can use  the produce themselves or sell it to school organizer of the program."

    Housing Services has already established community gardens, which have been in effect since at least the 1990s.