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  1. Design drawings being reviewed

    Associated Project(s): 

    The construction drawings for civil and electrical design for the solar farm 2.0 project are being reviewed by F&S, both design review and utilities and energy services, and should be completed in the next two weeks.

  2. Bicycle Registration page updated

    The bicycle registration page on the Bike at Illinois ( to reflect the new changes. The new system will be available to the public from July 20, 2020. This page now contains information about the importance of registration, new bicycle registration system, how to register, and the 529 Shield (registration tag) pick up locations. Due to the pandemic, all the Shield pick-up locations were closed.

    Learn more and how to Register Your Bicycle here.

    Learn about the Benefits of registering your bicycle here.

  3. Design Team results for Uni High

    Associated Project(s): 

    I would like to thank you for the wonderful opportunity. I would also like to thank everyone who attended and gave their encouraging and insightful inputs. It was a rewarding experience to present and get positive feedback. 

    Peter and I, would love to keep working and participating in this process since we are here on campus for another two years. It would be really nice if you would involve us. Excited about that!


    Also, I am attaching the PowerPoint presentation for reference and further use. 


    Thanks once again, and I hope everyone stays safe and healthy. 


    Warm regards,

    Prajakta Gharpure

  4. COVID-19, Climate Change and Health: A Webinar May 19 at Noon CDT

    Join NCSA and LAS for a chat on lessons we can learn on the interplay between climate and human health in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdowns. These findings could potentially help improve air quality and health in areas of poor air quality. Larry DiGirolamo, Don Wuebbles, and Ashish Sharma will cover current observations and review the challenges involved in approaching this research. 

    May 19, 12 PM • Tuesday, Noon Central Daylight Time Barbara Jewett • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

    COVID-19, Climate Change and Health: A Webinar May 19 at Noon CDT


  5. Sustainability Benefits of using iBuy

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    The main purpose to transition to iBuy is it will promote a sustainable process (e.g. no more paper, toner, postage, delivery, etc). Purchase Orders (PO) through Banner have historically been printed and mailed to vendors. For scope, here are Banner PO number over the last four fiscal years FY17 = 7,804, FY18 = 7,368, FY19 = 7,537, and FY20 = 5,669 (2 months remain in the fiscal year). In a conservative estimation, say each PO is 10 pages. This alone would have been 75,370 sheets of paper. This doesn’t consider the toner, postage or delivery emissions. In comparison, iBuy POs FY17 = 2,785, FY18 = 2,618, FY19 = 2,843, and FY20 = 3,179. Years FY17-FY19 were a 74% to 26% ratio. The efforts purchasing has made this year has shown positive movement towards higher utilization of this system as the current ratio for FY20 is 64% to 36%. Putting an exact percentage is difficult because we’re dependent on the systems abilities and the modifications Jaggaer can implement for us. Historically we have been limited in our abilities to work towards a transition to iBuy because of software limitations. 

    We are currently in the process of updating functionality which will enable higher system utilization. Here are some of the updates currently being worked on: 

    ·       Addition of Contracts Plus. Historically, purchase orders which were tied to a contract or solicitation had to be submitted through Banner. The addition of Contracts Plus will eventually replace iCS and everything will be housed in the same system which would eliminate this limitation.

    ·       We’ve also been limited on a method that clearly allows us to process a Standing PO in iBuy. It is technically possible; however, the process is convoluted. We anticipate having the ability to process standing POs by FY21. In FY19, we processed over 3,000 standing POs in Banner. Not all of these will transition to iBuy immediately, but we could potentially see a large reduction here in FY21.

    ·       We’re also in the process of implementing the America To Go  punchout catalog in iBuy which will reduce the amount of restaurant and catering order that will come through Banner. For scope, UIUC spends about $12 million dollars in this market.

  6. Registration Open for iSEE Congress 2020, "The Future of Water"

    Associated Project(s): 

    Join the Institute for its seventh annual fall conference. This year, our modified “teach-in” event will introduce the Illinois campus and community to cutting-edge thinking from highly influential scholars on topics ranging from drought, to the global politics of water, to pollution, public health and biodiversity. Read more and register via the link!

    October 5–6 • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Auditorium Tony Mancuso • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)

    Registration Open for iSEE Congress 2020, "The Future of Water"


  7. Puchase Order approved - Project 529

    The Purchase Order to purchase the Community-Plan of the Project 529's bicycle registration system was approved and the contract was sent to the vendor via email (due to the pandemic) on May 1, 2020. The contract would begin on July 1, 2020 and end on June 30, 2021. Sarthak Prasad will work with the F&S IT department to plan and prepare to use the new system and the bicycle registration fee.

    The trial period for the Project 529 system will end on June 30, 2020.

  8. Map the System 2020 Social Innovation Challenge

    Map the System is a global competition that challenges students to think differently about social and environmental change. Watch this year’s teams pitch change-making ideas in the Illinois campus semi-final for a share of $8,000 in cash prizes and a chance to represent Illinois at the Global Final. Join us to learn and get inspired to social action!  Register:

    April 30, 4–6 PM Valeri Werpetinski • Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership

    Map the System 2020 Social Innovation Challenge