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Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge

Published Date:October 30, 2013

The cities of Urbana and Champaign along with several partners are preparing to launch the Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge.  The Challenge is designed to engage businesses in our community to reduce energy consumption in their buildings. The local business will be using a web application to benchmark and track their energy use.  The CSE is seeking student volunteers to help businesses in this endeavor.  Volunteers will be trained to use the app, and will then assist local businesses in the process of using the web application for the Challenge.  Training is expected to occur before Thanksgiving Break.  If you are someone who would like to connect with others in the community and especially local businesses, we want you!  To sign up for this opportunity, please register at

Published Date: October 30, 2013

Six-Week Public Seminar Series on Fresh Water Availability and Use

Published Date:August 26, 2013

Fresh Water Availability: Confronting the Immense Challenge


Water is fundamental to all forms of life. Humans use enormous quantities of water for agricultural, industrial, recreational and household purposes. Consequently, fresh water supplies are diminishing. Global population, which is presently just over 7 billion, is growing rapidly. According to a 2013 declaration by over 500 water researchers, the majority of the predicted 9 billion people on Earth will have severely limited access to fresh water within one or two generations.

WHAT? Experts will cover a range of topics. The first four seminars will address fresh water issues at global, national and local levels; the last two, household best use practices. The seminar dates, topics and speakers are as follows:

November 3    Central Illinois Industrial Water Use: II. Agriculture                        
                        Methods for reducing agricultural nutrients entering rivers and streams                        
George Czapar, Director, Center for Watershed Science,                          
                        Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute,                          
                        University of Illinois

November 10  
Individual Water Conservation Practices for Work and Home                        
                         Methods whereby individuals can conserve water indoors and                         
                         outdoors through behaviors and technology
                         Scott R. Tess,Environmental Sustainability Manager, City of Urbana

November 17  Individual Storm Water Management Practices                       
                        From rain barrels to rain gardens-ideas for managing storm water                       
                        at home
Sandra Mason, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension

WHEN and WHERE? Seminars will be held from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 West Green Street

All are welcome to this free seminar series.

Published Date: August 26, 2013

Illinois named to Princeton Review Green Honor Roll!

Published Date:August 21, 2013


For the first time, Illinois has earned a place on the 2014 Princeton Review Green Honor Roll, achieving the highest possible score.The Princeton Review tallies information from over 800 schools on sustainability practices and Illinois is one of only 22 to be named to the Honor Roll!
Criteria for the Green College Honor Roll broadly covers three areas: 1) whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable, 2) how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges, and 3) the school's overall commitment to environmental issues. The survey includes questions about the school's energy use, recycling, food, buildings, and transportation as well as academic offerings and sustainability-related action plans.

To learn about Sustainability on our campus, please visit the iCAP Portal

Published Date: August 21, 2013

Illinois Earns Gold for Green

Published Date:June 7, 2012

Governor Quinn and the Green Governments Coordinating Council have recognized the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Gold Level Compact School within the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact program. This designation serves as a signal to our community and peer institutions that the University is a leader in higher education sustainability.

“We have made sustainability a top priority on our campus, in our facilities, in our research and teaching, and in our use of all of our resources and our engagement with the community around us and with the state. It is an honor to get recognition for our efforts.” – Chancellor Phyllis Wise

The University began participating in the Compact program at a Gold Level in 2010 and has retained this level of participation through continued progress towards campus sustainability goals and initiatives.


Published Date: June 7, 2012

Chancellor's Statement on Sustainability at Illinois

Chancellor's Statement on Sustainability at Illinois

Published Date:February 18, 2010

Check out Chancellor Easter's recent statement on significant advances in Sustainability at Illinois!

Published Date: February 18, 2010

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