Implementation Profile for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Submitted on September 10, 2008; last updated on November 7, 2011
|Basic Carnegie Classification||RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)|
|Community Setting||Mid-size city|
|USDOE Climate Zone||5|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||Phyllis M Wise|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||Chancellor|
|Main Web Site||http://illinois.edu/|
|Sustainability Web Site||http://www.sustainability.illinois.edu/|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Pradeep Khanna|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Associate Chancellor|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Office of Public Engaement|
|Format of Structure||Center- or Institute-Led|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||30|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Board, Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff|
The Chancellor of the University of Illinois established a sustainability structure with two new campus leadership entities, the Campus Sustainability Council and the Office of Sustainability. These two entities operate in an integrated fashion to provide leadership for the extensive efforts across campus. The scope of their activities is comprehensive, encompassing the academic functions of education, research, and engagement as well as operations of the campus physical infrastructure.
The Campus Sustainability Council, chaired by Chancellor Herman, provides strategic direction and oversight for sustainability initiatives on campus. Relative to opportunities and challenges associated with sustainability, the Council is responsible for fostering campus initiatives to empower tomorrow's societal leaders, reengineer the campus infrastructure and practices, create knowledge and technology, and engage with external constituents. Council members include senior campus leaders and representative of students, faculty, and the local community.
The Office of Sustainability provides operational leadership to campus sustainability efforts. The Office works with colleges and other campus units, e.g., the Environmental Council and student groups, to develop and promote opportunities for engaging faculty and students with the critical environmental, social, and economic issues of sustainability. A campus Sustainability Coordinator, located in Facilities & Services, will develop and lead the physical infrastructure enhancements on campus relating to sustainability.
1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.
Yes: The College of Business Instructional Facility opening in August 2008, will comply with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold requirements. All new construction and renovation over $5 million dollars will be at least LEED silver compliant.
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
Yes: The Urbana campus has joined other leading universities as a partner in the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "Energy Star" program. Energy Star provides information and experience-sharing resources for partner institutions, including guidelines for Energy Management, an Energy Program Assessment Matrix, and a Service & Product Provider Directory.
3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
No: The Office of Sustainability and the Campus Sustainability Council will address how the campus will proceed.
4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
Getting around Urbana-Champaign by bus is easy using the local transit system called the Mass Transit District or MTD. Student fees include a transportation fee so students as well as faculty and staffs i-card work as a bus pass giving them unlimited access to all buses at all times!
5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
Biofuels The Garage and Carpool purchases automobiles according to State of Illinois guidelines. These vehicles are certified under the Federal Clean Air Act. Several of the newer purchases run on E85 or gasoline. Currently, they utilize a 2% biodiesel blend, but anticipate increasing that percentage over the year. They are in the process of purchasing a 2,500 gallon E85 tank.
6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
No: The new Office of Sustainability will take this up as an agenda item.
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
No: The University of Illinois is working to proactively reduce consumption and recycle the waste we produce. The Waste Transfer Station recycles or diverts 50% of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign waste. During FY08, the Waste Transfer Station recycled 2074 tons of paper and cardboard, 41 tons of aluminum cans, 625 tons of scrap metal, 21 tons of plastic, 1300 tons of landscape waste and 325 tons of pallets. In addition to the Waste Transfer Stations efforts, the Campuss Garage and Carpool recapped rather than replaced 25 tires.