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Community Efforts

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) has created its own campus initiatives, such as the Certified Green Office Program, and outreach events, such as its annual Congress, and support of other yearly events like conferences, Sustainability Day and Earth Week. But the Urbana-Champaign campus has numerous other events and programs in place that showcase the community’s passion for sustainability, energy conservation and the environment — some of which receive support from iSEE. Here are a few (if you have others you would like to see included in this list, please email us):

 

Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0

Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0 is a grassroots residential and commercial group purchasing program for solar.

Offered by the City of Urbana, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Champaign County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever.

Learn more and sign up at http://solarurbanachampaign.com/

 

Champaign County Sustainability Network

iSEE has continued its partnership with the Champaign County Sustainability Network (CCNet), an organization that helps promote discussions on sustainability in the county — and beyond. CCNet’s original relationship on the University of Illinois campus was with iSEE’s predecessor, the Center for a Sustainable Environment; the Institute has kept working with CCNet — and hosts some of the group’s monthly brown-bag lunches in the iSEE Conference Room.CCNetFinal

In the organization’s own words, “CCNet is designed to provide a forum where business leaders and citizens can learn about new technology, ideas and business models associated with the emerging trend toward sustainability. It … seeks to build local knowledge and networks and to highlight local talent, resources and innovations. It seeks to position our community as a leader in sustainability while improving the quality of life for the citizens of Champaign County.”

To learn more about CCNet and its events, click here. Future CCNet events, such as the monthly brown-bag lunches and the Green Drinks gatherings, may be found on the Illinois Sustainability Calendar.

 

Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge

The University of Illinois, the cities of Urbana and Champaign and several partners participate in the Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge. The Challenge invites commercial building owners and managers to benchmark a year’s energy use, then track and improve energy use throughout the following year, all with US EPA’s free online tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Local building compete against one another to see who can achieve the greatest energy reduction.

A few years ago, iSEE used student volunteers to help businesses in this endeavor. Volunteers trained to use the app and then assist local businesses in the process of using the web application for the Challenge.

More information here.