The Illinois Climate Action Plan
In 2008, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This action committed the campus to carbon neutrality by the year 2050. The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) describes a path toward the fulfillment of this commitment.
As the flagship public university in the state of Illinois, the campus has a moral and ethical responsibility to lead, to set aggressive goals, to work to meet them, and to serve as a model for the community, state, and nation. The Plan represents a roadmap to a new, prosperous, and sustainable future for the University. It outlines strategies, initiatives, and targets toward meeting the stated goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Reaching Carbon Neutrality
In 2014, the University of Illinois used 1,076,722 megawatt hours (MWh) of electrical and steam energy, roughly the same amount of energy as 28,000 average U.S. homes.
Each year, campus releases more than 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
To help the University of Illinois become a model of sustainability both in the community and for the world to emulate, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) has developed a three-tiered system for campus sustainability procedures. In June 2014, the Chancellor approved this Procedure for Formulating and Evaluating Campus Sustainability Policies & Initiatives, offering a big-picture process for updating and evaluating the iCAP — and explaining the roles of the Sustainability Council, the iCAP Working Group (iWG), and the Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWATeams).
Sources of Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Imagine for a moment that we have succeeded. Here is a Letter from our Future Chancellor, outlining campus achievements “accomplished” by 2050.
The iCAP on the Road
Each semester, we endeavor to give the campus community and public an update on the progress made toward the ambitious goals outlined in the iCAP — and to gather your feedback and suggestions on how we meet those goals together — through the presentation of an iCAP Forum.
In fall 2016, the iCAP forum took the form of a poster session staffed by representatives from each of iSEE’s six topical SWATeams at the first annual Campus Sustainability Celebration on Oct. 26.
View the 2016 Posters here. (You’ll probably need to zoom in to view details.)
For the very latest details on campus sustainability projects and progress toward goals, visit the iCAP Portal >>>
Delving Deeper into the iCAP
Greenhouse Gas Reports
Please check out the latest report on greenhouse gas emissions for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus on our iCAP Portal. Of particular interest on that report are the annual breakdowns of emissions found on the S-Annual sheet. Those pages can be viewed individually by year below:
****Please note: The FY12-14 figures in the historical reports listed here reflect gross carbon emissions numbers, prior to the 2015 sale of Verified Carbon Units to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The sale of those Units effectively increase the campus’ net emissions by 64,289 metric tons in FY12, 54,386 metric tons in FY13, and 47,902 metric tons in FY14.
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. The iCAP Portal is a repository for summary information about each iCAP project, both to share the information publicly and to assist in collecting information for reporting purposes. Each project page includes a project description, contact names, funding details, location map(s), and more.