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Land and Water SWATeam (Proposed)

Project History


The Land & Water SWATeam is a newly established team that covers the majority of the objectives for the former ALUFS and WSW SWATeams, with the exception of the Food objective. This group will focus on land use, agriculture on campus, carbon sequestration, water, and stormwater issues outlined in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). The goals for the group include conserving potable water, sustainably handling stormwater, and reducing emissions from on-campus agriculture and land use. 


This team focused on the objectives found in Chapter 4 of the 2020 iCAP:

4.1 Reduce potable water consumption to 721,500 kgal/year by FY24, which is a reduction of 45% from the FY08 baseline. 

4.2 Implement the Resilient Landscape Strategy recommendations by FY42.

4.2.1 Increase the number of trees on campus by 1,500 by FY24 and by 3,000 by FY30.

4.2.2 Increase the number of ground-level pollinator friendly landscaping areas on campus by 50% from the FY19 baseline by April 2024.

4.2.3 Double the number of on-campus green infrastructure installations from 24 to 48 by FY24.

4.3 Use cover crops in at lease 20% of the South Farms acerage by FY24.

4.4 Monitor soil health by collecting soil analyses for all South Farms land parcels by FY24.


Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Mallory Mahen

    Project Leader:

    Ashlynn Stillwell and Momcilo Markus

    Team Members:

    • Art Schmidt
    • Reid Christianson
    • Betsy Liggett
    • Eliana Brown
    • Allen Parrish
    • Brent Lewis
    • Jamie Ellis
    • Aviv Zelniker
    • Victoria Reidenbach
    • Marcus Benoff