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Root to Roof Program (In Progress)

Project History

  • 9/23/2021

    SSC received semester report for Spring 2021 for Root to Roof on 9/23/2021. Please see attached. 

  • 7/7/2021

    The SSC approved $3,520 in funding for this project at Illinois in Fall 2020. This project expires 12/16/2022.


Root to Roof is a program established to educate students about the sustainability and availability of urban wood for the design and fabrication of furniture, outdoor installations, homes and buildings. It does this through harvesting waste timber from campus and the City of Urbana and milling it to become usable lumber.

Milling material locally produces hundreds of pounds of CO2 annually compared to tens of thousands to buy the same material from all over the USA. This also allows the Root to Roof program to utilize otherwise useful material for beneficial projects instead of that very same material being shredded into mulch. This creates a net gain of carbon sequestration locally.

As this program expands it will be setting progressive goals for sustainability and urban wood utilization through selling wood back to the F&S Mill and Carpentry shops for use campus wide and using this material to fabricate indoor and outdoor items for campus use.


This is a Student Sustainability Committee supported project.

No description has been provided yet.

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Lowell Miller

    Project Leader:

    Lowell Miller