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Campuses as living labs for integrated sustainability research, education, and practice

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Campuses as living labs for integrated sustainability research, education, and practice

Ximing Cai, Morgan White#, Evan Delucia, Madhu Khanna Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and ...

  • Posted March 15, 2021
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Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability (BS)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This is a flexible B.S. degree that allows students to structure an academic program with room for significant coursework pertaining to environment and sustainability issues. The major offers two ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Sustainable Design (BS)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Sustainable design majors complete course work in graphic and industrial design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. The program combines concrete skills development with opportunities to move between ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Environmental Economics & Policy Concentration

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Focusing on environmental and resource management issues at local, state, national, and international levels, students learn how to assess the economic aspects of resource and environmental issues and find rewarding ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Crop Sciences (BS)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Crop Sciences major is where plant genetics, biotechnology, business, data science, crop production, and sustainability are brought together by results-oriented faculty and students.

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Agroecology Concentration

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Agroecology Concentration addresses ecologically based management of cropping systems, stewardship of the environment, and sustainable food production systems. The intersection between crop plants and their environment is emphasized in ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Agricultural and Consumer Economics (BS)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) applies business and economics principles to food, agriculture, renewable energy, and the environment, both here and abroad. By combining technical knowledge ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Geography (MA, MS)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Geography Department is organized around three major core areas of specialization, each of which features leading experts in their fields: Cities, Space, and Society; Geographic Information Science; River, Watershed ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Geography (PhD)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Geography Department is organized around three major core areas of specialization, each of which features leading experts in their fields: Cities, Space, and Society; Geographic Information Science; River, Watershed ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences (BS)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Designed for students interested in careers leading the conservation, protection, and management of natural and environmental resources or in pursuing advanced education in one of its many disciplinary areas, the ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Sustainability Impacts of Installing Low-Flow Toilets in a University Residence Hall

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This study evaluates the sustainability impact of replacing inefficient toilets with low-flow units in a residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate student initiated this project through the ...


Are estimates of food insecurity among college students accurate? Comparison of assessment protocols

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

A growing body of literature suggests that post-secondary students experience food insecurity (FI) at greater rates than the general population. However, these rates vary dramatically across institutions and studies. FI ...


Student Sustainability Committee Fund

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Using two student fees, the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee and the Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee, the Student Sustainability Committee reviews submitted projects and distribute funding to projects that we deem ...


Revolving Loan Program

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) was established in 2011 as a financing source for utility conservation projects requested by departments with less than a ten-year payback period. The savings from ...


Teaching the health impacts of climate change in many American higher education programs

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Climate change is the greatest threat to global health today and it challenges professionals in many disciplines. Most American university programs lack courses covering the rising deaths and illnesses from ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Using Waste Audit Data to Drive Waste Reduction, Diversion, and Engagement

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Oakton Community College (IL)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Richmond (VA)

Unlike other utilities, such as electricity and natural gas, actual waste and recycling data are more difficult to track. The lack of ready to use data creates challenges in goal ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Student Green Funds: Lessons Learned

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Three campuses will share their experiences creating and working with Green Funds. The panel will review key lessons learned regarding Green Fund structure, function, efficacy, longevity and campus engagement. When ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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STARS Reporting as an Undergraduate Educational Opportunity

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois, a STARS Gold Campus, has a strong focus on expanding its campus sustainability efforts. Since our 2017 report, administrators have made an increased effort to align ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Planning for Campus-Community Resilience to Climate Change in Champaign-Urbana

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This literature study involves a two-prong analysis. The first part (Chapter 2) will involve review of literature, reports, websites of organizations who are involved in sustainability and resilience planning. The ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Sonified Sustainability: Building Deeper Green Coalitions

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

A key to creating truly sustainable institutions is engaging with stakeholders across disciplines and organizations. Some groups - utility services, natural sciences, and environmentally conscious student organizations to name a few ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Expanding the Horizons of Campus Recycling: Addressing Expanded Polystyrene Waste at Three Institutions of Higher Education

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

College and university campuses strive to minimize waste and promote thoughtful disposal practices among campus residents. However, one material that presents unique challenges to sustainably manage is expanded polystyrene (EPS ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Fresh Press Paper Making

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Two students prepare paper at the University of Illinois' Fresh Press Fiber Program.


Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This is a study of the disctintive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to ...


A Bike Ride with the Chancellor

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

A much anticipated fixture in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Earth Week festivities is the annual bike ride with the Chancellor, organized by student organization BikeFaceUIUC. More than 30 students ...


Arbor Day Tree Planting

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

To celebrate National Arbor Day and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's second certification as an official "Tree Campus USA," students, faculty and staff gathered to hear a proclamation ...


The relationship between corporate social responsibility, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment: Case of Pakistani higher education

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Despite significant economic and social importance, corporate social responsibility in Pakistan has not been examined extensively yet. Many universities in the globe have also incorporated this corporate concept into their ...


5.9 MW Solar Farm (20.8 Acres)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The 20.8-acre solar farm, designed, built, and operated by Phoenix Solar South Farms LLC, produces around 7.86 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, approximately 2% of the FY15 electrical demand ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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30 KW Rooftop Array: Wassaja Residence Hall

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

A 30 kW solar PV array was installed on Wassaja Hall in December 2015. The system doesn’t have a storage component, so the solar energy gets used immediately as ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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15 kW Business Research Council Laboratory Solar Test Bed

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Business Research Council Laboratory solar test bed provides the Illinois Center for Smarter Electricity Grid (ICSEG) with a research platform to collect data, test, and validate vulnerability solutions for ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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11 kW Ground Mount: Allerton Park

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Robert Allerton left the Allerton Park to the University of Illinois for education, research, and as a public park. Students in ENG 315: Learning in Community – Allerton Park built an ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2016
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The State of Campus Green Funds in 2016

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

In 2013, AASHE published the How-To Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation. Green funds have evolved since the original publication, identifying a need to review and discuss new green fund trends ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Getting Real About Climate Change: Grading Your University on What It's Actually Doing

  • The City College of New York (NY)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

We've been graded by our schools all our lives - now, we're going to grade them. Is your school doing its part to end the climate crisis, or is ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student perceptions and definitions of sustainability

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The term sustainability encompasses a variety of concepts and therefore many disparities and misconceptions exist. As the University of Illinois and many other higher education institutions begin prioritizing sustainability, understanding ...


Business Instructional Facility Solar Array at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Big Ten Prospectus: Aligning Sustainability with Collective Mission Level Priorities

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Iowa (IA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

With higher education facing ongoing budget cuts, top to bottom reviews of programs and policies, and critical questions regarding the value of a college education, we—as sustainability professionals—must ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Utility-Scale Solar Farm for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is proud of its sustainability initiatives, and Facilities & Services (F&S) is honored to support the campus wide Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). The ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Why is true sustainability so hard to achieve? Behind every environmentally friendly practice is a web of consequences, trade-offs, feedbacks, and barriers — and this undergraduate minor administered by the Institute ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Environmental Chemistry Option

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This option is designed to provide a background in environmental chemistry that is sufficient breadth and depth to prepare a person to work as an environmental chemist in the public ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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A New Model for Collaborative and Effective Campus Sustainability Decisions

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

An AASHE member and ACUPCC signatory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. In 2014, we developed a new model to engage both ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Tested Techniques - Increase membership, organize engaging events & raise funds for your student group

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The workshop will focus on tested techniques used by student group leaders at the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign to engage the student body in the sustainability movement. Even though ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student Involvement in Revolving Loan Funds: A Case Study

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois Champaign Urbana has the largest student-funded green fee pool in the nation. The funds from this fee are allocated by an appointed committee of ten students ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Framework for Integrating Sustainability Education, Research, Engagement, and Operations through Experiential Learning

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • CHA (NY)

This paper summarizes the University of Illinois' four-step strategy for experiential learning, integrating research, education, engagement, and operations. As a first step in this strategy, a task force created a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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How to (Not) Build a Wind Turbine

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

On-campus wind energy is a strategy often considered by institutions in plans to reduce carbon emissions, hedge against volatile energy costs and meet renewable energy goals. However, such projects can ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Taking stock of iCAP: promises, promises, promises

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Most member institutions of AASHE are also signatories of the American Colleges and Universities President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). ACUPCC requires signatory institutions to conduct a climate assessment, prepare a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student Green Fee Management and Project Implementation

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Carnegie Mellon University has instituted environmental education across its curriculum over the past five years. The latest course addition, "The Environment Today," was spearheaded by student organizations at Carnegie Mellon ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building iCAP: The University of Illinois Climate Action Planning Experience

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

We need visions of the future in order to plan. With a clear vision, campus leaders can guide our Universities toward becoming healthier, cleaner, safer, and more prosperous places. Most ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Spotlight on Sustainability: A Student Lab Theatre

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Hundreds of small theatres and classrooms across the United States, and hundreds more around the globe, rely heavily on high-wattage incandescent theatrical lighting equipment to illuminate the platform or stage ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A New Paradigm for Campus Electronic Waste

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

State institutions of higher learning are saddled with insufficient budgets, antiquated laws and policies that make it difficult to deal effectively and equitably with the problem of electronic waste. It ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable E-Waste Education and Research

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This presentation provides a review of two recent electronic waste (e-waste) education and research initiatives as part of a Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: Sustainability Vision for Higher Education

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Many universities are undertaking sustainability initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of their activities, but a major challenge is defining what would be required for an institution to become sustainable ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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