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  1. F&S Zero Waste Coordinator succeeding as primary coordinator for Dump and Run

    Associated Project(s): 

    Daphne Hulse and Morgan White met on 1/9/23 to discuss the history of UIUC-University YMCA Dump and Run events. Daphne will succeed as the primary coordinator for these future events. Daphne will meet with Marc Alexander (YMCA's Dir of Development and Membership), one of the previous UIUC Dump and Run coordinators, on 1/19/23 to discuss best practices for event coordination.

  2. 1-9-23 Internal Meeting

    Associated Project(s): 

    On January 9, UIUC sustainability representatives met and discussed the following:

    Attendees: Shawn Patterson, Aaron Finder, Pete Varney, Bryan Johnson, Marty Kaufmann, Meredith Moore, Steve Breitwieser, Jen Fraterrigo, Thurman Etchison, Daphne Hulse, Julie Wurth, Tony Mancuso

    Agenda:

    Spring 2023 Overview:

    • Don’t Waste Campaign

      • “Don’t Waste Wednesdays”

          • Split contribution: iSEE, F&S, Housing/Dining, Illini Union, DIA each take one Wednesday per month

          • Task: units share initiatives/success stories on their social media platforms

          • Purpose: establish a shared social media presence around waste initiatives/sustainability

            • Concept of waste can be applied in many contexts: Illini Lights Out (energy waste), Grind2Energy (food waste)

    • Meeting cadence with Coca-Cola:

      • Once a month, end of the month, Tues-Thurs, early afternoon

      • Can increase the meeting frequency ahead of events

    • Big Ten men’s basketball game: next zero waste basketball event:

      • Target date: February 23 (Northwestern) or March 2 (Michigan)

      • F&S: Daphne to lead coordination/execution, F&S CR&C to assist with publicity

      • iSEE: tap into student volunteer network (75-100), assist with publicity

        • Jen: ahead of the game, strategize with Coca-Cola + Daphne on metric tracking (beyond diversion rate). What else can be measured?

      • DIA: venue logistics

      • Coca-Cola: digital/physical signage, giveaway items, t-shirts (tap into sustainability funds, ~$3k used last semester for shirts)

    • On the horizon

      • iCAP Zero Waste Team: creating a football tailgate recycling roadmap for fall 2023

    Discussion:

    • Determining the revenue of water bottles sold at Athletic events:
      • Athletic kiosks should have transactional knowledge of what is sold.
        • Marty can figure out how sustainability can communicate for purchasing data,
    • For Athletics social media for the Don't Waste Wednesdays campaign, Leigh McGuirk oversees it.
    • To host another zero waste game in spring, we need to be cognizant of the Orange Krush, Krush Cancer event which will be one of the Big Ten games.
    • Athletics can support us doing the recycling event at least on the operational side,
      • We probably cannot have the extent of support as we did the first time: Orange Krush area/t-shirt toss won't happen.
    • Think about sorting after the fact - can we get that recovery rate, or is the lift too high?
    • Athletics stance on bringing in reusable cups: you can bring a clear plastic water bottle (empty) into the facility.
      • Seems like its an issue of communication. tim knox had said its 50/50 possibility of getting it in. it’s because they really rely on their door security which can be interpreted in different ways (supposed to be clear, and unsealed. some people brought vodka in).
      • Incentivize bringing it in, but it depends on how much athletics can get that message out on top of everything else.
      • The clear bag policy is sent out when you purchase a ticket from athletics (SFC), but its a question of whether people actually read through it.
  3. SafeTraces follow up meeting

    Sarthak Prasad and Morgan White are meeting with Sterling Laylock from SafeTraces on January 9 from 11 to 12 pm to cover the following:

    • Astronomy Building report findings and potential corrective action
    • Indoor Air Quality Monitoring specific to IT Security
      • UL 2905/UL 2906: Indoor Air Quality Sensor Performance/Sensor Deployment
      • UL Verified IoT Security
      • There is a newer building on campus that has CO2 sensors
        so we can discover what they did and follow that pathway
    • Our ongoing collaborative discussion with the State of Illinois' new Building Infrastructure
      Fund (2nd qtr 2023) where our work with you under iCAP is considered one of the missing pieces 
      of the puzzle.

      Their primary goal is to improve re-occupancy levels within existing buildings and cause new buildings (public and private) to design more effectively for IAQ/IEQ, especially where private development is receiving state funding and concessions.

      Since it was UL Healthy Buildings (Primary Partner of SafeTraces) that introduced IGT to
      the UL/SafeTraces ecosystem, ULHB will be instrumental in providing the capacity needed
      for our efforts with the state led by Illinois Chief Investment Officer, Joe Aguilar.
    • As discussed with Morgan at the end of our Design Thinking Session, Ikenberry Food Hall
      is being considered as our next project and UL Healthy Buildings ULHB is partnering with us
      on it since natural gas and hydrogen sulfide gas may be impacting IAQ/IEQ.
  4. Weekly Update: final week of semester, WCIA

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, The final week of last semester was, as expected, quiet. Very little traffic but Alex finally finished his Build-a-Bike. He’d been steadily and meticulously working on it all semester. We were able to fix up approximately 30 kids bikes here at CBC and totaled 50 for the event which happened on Saturday 12/17/22. We had 4 people bow out last minute to help for the event (thanks covid), so we had a skeleton crew but still gave away 50 bikes in about 20 minutes. The IMC staff were extremely helpful and stepped up to corral and organize folks when we were getting overwhelmed. Some folks left unhappy, I’m sure, but we still helped out a good number of kids. WCIA showed up just in time to get some footage of families departing with the last of the bikes and our story made the 10p news that night. I’ll reach out to WCIA and see if they can send me a digital copy of the broadcast so we can share that.

    This week I’ll be moving bikes from the warehouse and taking stock of our inventory, sorting bikes for our various programs, and working up some classes for next semester. Next week I’ll be tabling at College of Law orientation/resource fair. Always exciting to meet new/different groups on campus!

     

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 13
    Sales: $190

    Build-a-Bike: $40

     

    Thanks!

     

    Jacob Benjamin
    Campus Bike Center Coordinator

  5. Ford Lightning allotted to Abbott Power Plant and EV charging station installed

    Abbott Power Plant are the recipients of one the new Ford F150 Lightning Electric Trucks.

    There is a charging station in the alley between the plant addition and scrubber where the vehicle can be parked and charged (see photo below). The plug on the truck is on the side in front of the driver side door.

    The key for the new truck is in the control room at Abbott. The key is a FOB that must be in the vehicle to start it. Similar to other new vehicles, the truck is started when the FOB is in the vehicle with you, you press the brake, and then hit the start button. Since it is electric you of course will not hear the motor engage and start, but the car will “come to life” with the dashboard coming on and displaying. The vehicle can now be put into gear and driven.

    NOTE, the vehicle comes equipped with “engine braking” engaged. So, when you take your foot off the accelerator, the electric motor will “reserve” (turn into a generator) and start slowing down the vehicle (and at the same time charge up the batteries).

    Please be careful when driving the truck for the first time and take some time to get accustomed to how it works.

    Attached Files: 
  6. Design Thinking Session Outcomes from the November 10, 2022 meeting

    Here's a short list of outcomes from our Nov 10th Design Thinking Session.

    • There a 2 more Design Thinking Session scheduled for 1st qtr 2023
      • Chicago Archdiocese
      • Cook County Facilities & Asset Mgmt
    • UL Healthy Buildings will become a more hands-on active participant in our iCAP effort to help expand building science expertise specific to the UL Verified Marks to also include the impacts of indoor air particulate, hazardous gases, and building hygiene:
      • SafeTraces Verified Mark for Ventilation and Filtration
      • UL Verified Mark for Healthy Buildings
  7. Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World

    Associated Project(s): 

    Paul Foote shared the following article regarding Green Labs:

    This sustainable labs article shares a look into the current international climate regarding green labs.

    The author’s high level summation quotes green lab leaders as well as comments from NIH and HHS regrading funding and sustainability, and other key topics surrounding sustainable & green labs.

    https://www.the-scientist.com/careers/green-lab-initiatives-take-root-around-the-world-70676

  8. 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. 

  9. LW004 Monarchs Need Milkweed - Transmitted

    Following approval by the iCAP Working Group, Jennifer Fraterrigo, iSEE Associate Director for Campus Sustainability, transmitted the LW004 Monarchs Need Milkweed to F&S Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director, Ehab Kamarah, on 12/15/2022. 

    See the original LW004 Monarchs Need Milkweed recommendation here. 

  10. New iSEE Green Event and Chapter Certifications

    Congratulations to our newest recipients of our Certified Greener Campus Programs as we finish out the semester.

    Green Chapter:

    Alpha Phi Beta (Alpha Chapter), Gold, Recertified December 2022

    Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Gold, Recertified December 2022

     

    Green Event:

    Chancellor's Office for Special Events President and Chancellor’s Holiday Reception, Certified December 2022

     

    Keep up the great work!

  11. Land & Water iCAP Meeting 12/13/2022

    On December 13th, the Land & Water iCAP team met to discuss a new approach to crafting recommendations for next semester; including the creation of a land subcommittee and a water subcommittee.

    Meeting minutes are attached.

  12. Engagement002 Take Action Weblink - Successful

    Madhu Khanna, Director of iSEE, responded to the Engagement iCAP Team on 12/12/22: 

    Dear Engagement Team,

    Thank you for submitting the Engagement002 Take Action Weblink recommendation. We agree that clarifying the Campus Sustainability page on the iSEE website to prioritize “taking action” is an important initiative.

    While we fully support increasing visibility of sustainability best practices and involvement opportunities, we ask that the Engagement team provides an outlined vision of your suggestions on how to consolidate information on the Campus Sustainability Page. Additionally, please provide examples of what type of actions you would like to see by clicking a “take action” link.

    Thank you again for your hard work and we look forward to reviewing your website suggestions!

    Sincerely,

    Madhu Khanna

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    See transmittal and iWG assessment of Engagement002 Take Action Weblink here.
    See original submittal of Engagement002 Take Action Weblink recommendation here.  

  13. Weekly Update: Slow week

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Slow week again. A few more kids’ bikes trickled in, which was good. Our giveaway is this coming Saturday and we’re accepting bikes until Friday evening. A notice went out in E-week and the like so hopefully that’ll bump up our count. I haven’t taken inventory at Urbana for our total count but I’m guessing around 40 between both spaces.

    Tony, former Bike Project staffer and integral member in the creation of the original bike center in 2010 was back in town last week. He came and volunteered a full 4 hours and helped train up some staff, too.

    Our sales last week are at a record low. We had a few people in each day but looks like adjustments only, used innertubes, and no purchases. I’ll dig into the numbers this week to confirm it genuinely is that low and not an error.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 18
    Sales: $5.50

     

    Thanks!

     

    Jacob Benjamin
    Campus Bike Center Coordinator

  14. Zero Waste iCAP Meeting 12/8/2022

    On December 8th, the Zero Waste iCAP team met to discuss a new approach to creating recommendations for next semester. During the meeting, the team created subcommittees based on aspects of the key priorities document and provided feedback on an environmental engineering sustainability project. 

    Meeting minutes are attached.

  15. Engagement003 Sustainability Ambassador Program - Submitted

    The Engagement iCAP Team submitted the attached Engagement003 Sustainability Ambassador Program recommendation to the iWG on 12/8/22. The recommendation states: 

    The Illini Sustainability Ambassador program is meant to have an emphasis in housing but can be applicable in any form across campus. The status would last for one year, with a recertification needed year after year. There will be a one-day introductory training session that covers our own campus sustainability goals (the iCAP). The session includes overview of ILO, Greener Campus Programs, SSC project funding, and highlighting the SSLC and iSEE sustainability event calendars. The introductory session will be at the beginning of the school year, and we will have a celebratory event in April to recognize the people who successfully became sustainability ambassadors. To incorporate the program into housing, there is a checklist of how to make your residence more sustainable (i.e., turning lights off when not in use, eating a vegetarian meal once a week, reusable coffee cup, walking to class, etc.). These actions would contribute to the five hours of volunteering or service that are required to become a sustainability ambassador. 

  16. Engagement005 DIA and Green Sports Alliance - Submitted

    The Engagement iCAP Team submitted the attached Engagement005 DIA and Green Sports Alliance recommendation to the iWG on 12/8/22. The recommendation states as follows:

    The 2020 Illinois Climate Action Plan calls for the university to increase the visibility of campus sustainability efforts by joining the Green Sports Alliance through the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics by summer 2021. While the DIA has not formally joined the Green Sports Alliance, Facilities & Services became a member of the GSA in June 2021, and GSA presented at the October 2021 Illinois Green Infrastructure & Erosion Control Conference. Other Big Ten Institutions involved in the GSA are Indiana University, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, The Ohio State University, The University of Iowa, The University of Michigan, and The University of Minnesota(Swanson 2022).

    University of Illinois Athletics is a role model for college sports. Formally enrolling in the Green Sports Alliance will bridge the gap between organizations/colleges on campus, as well as leading sustainable efforts along with other Big 10 Schools.

  17. Engagement004 ADV498 Sustainability Campaign Partnership - Submitted

    The Engagement iCAP Team submitted the attached recommendation Engagement004 ADV498 Sustainability Campaign Partnership to the iWG on 12/8/22. The recommendation states: 

    The Engagement Team recommends that we implement two sets of campaigns (one designated for students and the other for faculty/staff) that will promote iSEE’s message across campus. Our team has compiled a set of advertising campaigns that were created by this year’s ADV 498 Capstone class to use as advertising materials around the campus. Furthermore, we request that iSEE’s Communication team uses these materials and campaign methods for each term (Spring 2023-Fall 2023 and Spring 2024-Fall 2024). The iCAP Engagement Team can stay involved in this effort if need be. Please see attached documents for Ad Campaign plan.

  18. LW004 Monarchs Need Milkweed - Submitted

    The Land and Water iCAP Team submitted the attached LW004 Monarchs Need Milkweed recommendation to the iWG on 12/7/22. The team also submitted a supplemental map (attached) of proposed milkweed locations. The recommendation states as follows:

    The Land and Water iCAP Team recommends the plantings of milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, A. incarnata, A. tuberosa), across the UIUC campus in order to support migratory Monarch Butterfly populations. Plantings could be introduced into existing landscape beds and/or smaller milkweed specific planting beds, as well as in designated low mow zones and prairies.

  19. ZW009 Project4Less Expansion - Submitted

    The Zero Waste iCAP Team submitted the attached ZW009 Project4Less Expansion recommendation to the iWG on 12/7/22. The recommendations states as follows:

    We recommend that University Housing Dining Services works with Project 4 Less to divert wasted food to those in need. Project 4 Less packages pre-consumer food waste (untouched food) from LAR dining hall each week and Housing coordinates the food’s delivery to local food pantries, such as Wesley Food Pantry. Meals are then provided to community members experiencing food insecurity. Project 4 Less is currently only working out of LAR dining hall, and there is much more food to be recovered, such as from Ikenberry, ISR, and PAR dining halls.
    Similar to how Project 4 Less currently collaborates with Housing at LAR, we request that:
    ● Housing stores and sets up materials (cold carts, boxes) before packaging events
    ● Housing saves and stores the food that needs to be packaged
    ● Housing arranges the transportation logistics (perhaps stops could be added to existing routes)
    Ultimately, we recommend that Housing work with Project 4 Less to expand beyond LAR. Project 4 Less has the capacity to provide volunteers as part of a gradual expansion to other Dining Halls.

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