• Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Primary SD area: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Champaign, United States (The)
  • Date of completion: 1 Jan 2000
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Deliverables & Resources
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative -University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Organization(s) making commitment

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Achievement of Commitment

The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) has set ambitious goals to make the campus more sustainable. These include goals for reducing energy and water use, reaching carbon neutrality, building greener buildings, and infusing sustainability into academic curriculum and campus culture.

How this will be achieved

Our campus is on target to meet and even exceed the major goals included in iCAP.
- Reduce energy consumption: 20% by 2015
- Reduce energy emissions: 15% by 2015
- Conserve water: 20% by 2015
- Divert waste: increase to 75% by 2020
- Set green standards for new buildings: LEED Platinum by 2015
- Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
- Integrate sustainability into the campus culture by celebrating Earth Week during spring and Sustainability Week during fall
- Organize an annual teaching workshop for faculty and instructors on how to infuse sustainability into the curriculum

Achieving these goals requires action by numerous units on campus and close collaboration with local government and community organizations. The Office of Sustainability is a campus-level entity responsible for operationalizing the key sustainability priorities of campus. Some of its key partners in the effort include the Sustainability Council, which determines strategic priorities for campus, and Facilities & Services, which has a sustainability coordinator and manages the entire campus operations system. The Office of Sustainability also works closely with the Student Sustainability Committee, University Housing, Campus Recreation and the Champaign County Sustainability Network (CCNet), a campus-community partnership for sustainability.

Deliverable Date
Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) 2015

Resources devoted to delivery
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of student and staff dedicated to sustainable practices
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