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Sustainability Fellows Program

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is considering a continuation of this program in Fiscal Year 2015, asking faculty to support research into various campus sustainability projects. Stay tuned to this page for updates if the call for proposals goes forth.

Anyone interested in pursuing such a project should contact iSEE Associate Director for Campus Sustainability Ben McCall.

Below is what the call looked like for FY 2014 under iSEE's predecessor, the Center for a Sustainable Environment (CSE):

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Center for a Sustainable Environment / Facilities & Services
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:00PM

The Center for a Sustainable Environment (CSE) is seeking proposals from faculty to support research activities related to specific Facilities & Services (F&S) sustainability projects. These projects are directly related to the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), which describes the various initiatives planned to achieve the campus sustainability goals.  F&S is offering the selected projects as living learning laboratory opportunities for campus faculty. Faculty selected for this program will earn the name “Sustainability Fellow” for one academic year, one month’s summer salary, and in some cases funding for a graduate research assistant during the same academic year.

Sustainability Fellows will be selected through a competitive process, based upon proposals submitted by interested faculty. Selection decisions will be announced during Earth Week, on April 22, 2013.

The CSE provides organizational leadership for the numerous sustainability initiatives underway on campus. For example, the CSE works with campus units, student groups, and community partners to develop and promote engagement activities and enhance communication about sustainability. Since developing the 2010 iCAP, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed hundreds of projects to tackle the broad range of sustainability issues that face our campus and our world involving its community, outside experts, faculty, students, and staff.  

The F&S strategic plan states “We will stimulate the development, testing, implementation, and demonstration of environmentally and economically sustainable practices and technologies.” F&S supports the university’s education, research, and outreach missions by improving the physical conditions of the buildings, infrastructure, and grounds; reducing energy emissions through education, smart grid technology, and the use of renewable energy sources; and reducing waste through efficient use of resources. This goal ties into the campus sustainability goals through various projects and initiatives.  Five iCAP projects have been selected for the Sustainability Fellows program, and a full list is available online at

The Sustainability Fellows program is designed to engage faculty throughout campus in the sustainability efforts occurring with the existing and future infrastructure on campus.  The goal of this Request for Proposals is to help create a living learning community where faculty and students can become involved in an open-innovation ecosystem related to campus buildings, land, and energy.  There are two levels of participation.

1) Sustainability Fellow Advisors - paid one month's summary salary (proposal form)

2) Sustainability Fellow Reserchers - paid one month's summary salary and the salary for one 50% graduate research assistant (proposal form)

For full proposal details, please click here (pdf)

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