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EPA SmartWay Affiliate (In Progress)

Project History

Description

The University of Illinois became an Affiliate of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® Transportation Partnership in June 2020, after University Housing’s Dining Services joined SmartWay in 2013. The SmartWay program aims to reduce global freight emissions by providing strategies for shippers and carriers to adopt more sustainable practices, and Affiliates help spread the word about sustainable supply chain transportation efforts and grow the SmartWay Program. 

® SmartWay is a registered service mark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Background

The Univeristy of Illinois is leading the way as the first higher education institution to join SmartWay.  We are happy to discuss our efforts with other schools interested in supporting the reduction of freight emissions.  

"As the first-ever academic institution to register in SmartWay, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign leads the way for universities and other institutions to work as shippers in SmartWay and engage with their carriers and suppliers to improve freight efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions from goods movement while also helping enhance our nation's energy security,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. 

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Morgan White, F&S

    Project Leader:

    Sinead Soltis, F&S Sustainability Intern

    Team Members:

    • Aaron Finder, Purchasing Division
    • Julie Townsend, University Contracts
    • Barb Childers, Illini Union Document Services
    • Travis Molitor, F&S Stores and Receiving
    • Abby Culloton, Engineering undergrad volunteer
    • Dan Hiser, F&S Transportation
    • Warren Lavey
    • Dave Guth, Illini Union
    • Tod Petrie, Illini Union Bookstore
    • Erik Riha, Illini Union
    • Todd Moeglich, Illini Union

    Prior Contacts:

    • Dominic Piazza
    • Julie Townsend, Contract Services
    • Ryan Johnson, Purchasing
    • Barb Childers, Illini Union Document Services

Dates

  • Proposed by Warren Lavey
    Investigated February 26, 2020
    Investigated by Abby Culloton, GFX Student
    Approved June 19, 2020
    Approved by Avijit Ghosh, Comptroller
    Started May 1, 2013
    Started by Dawn Aubrey, University Housing

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