Breaking Through Silos: Fostering Sustainability
The University of Illinois’ commitment to sustainability permeates all areas of the campus. After signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2008, the initial primary focus was placed on cost-saving energy conservation projects. The development of the Illinois’ Climate Action Plan (iCAP) was recognized as an opportunity to bridge efforts and eliminate barriers between student groups, academic units, and campus administration. Today, sustainability at Illinois is not just about saving energy and money; we are providing an example through our leadership to all of our current students and future graduates. We are leading the way for our state to embrace sustainability as a “matter of course.” The university has been awarded recognition for achievements to date, yet plans continue to instill sustainability throughout campus with a multi-pronged approach. Some of the initiatives include sustainable transportation, water conservation, natural landscape, local food, waste management, and renewable energy projects, like the recently approved 20.5 acre solar farm. Successful integration of deferred maintenance projects, energy conservation measures, and iCAP initiatives enable campus to foster sustainability at all levels.
1. Participants will be show ways to analyz campus needs and prioritizing sustainability initiatives.
2. Explore best practices to identifying funding sources and the best methods of utilization for sustainable projects.
3. Dicusss how to implement a comprehensive sustainability program with input from multiple stakeholders.
Carl Wegel, University of Illinois/Urbana Champaign; Morgan Johnston, University of Illinois/Urbana Champaign