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Agriculture, Land Use, Food, and Sequestration


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The Agriculture, Land Use, Food, and Sequestration SWATeam is examining the Illinois Climate Action Plan goals and accomplishments in this theme.

By FY20, campus aims to reduce emissions from on-campus agriculture, food procurement, and land use by 30%. Dining already procures 28% of food from sources within 150 miles of campus – including 95% of all the produce grown on the Sustainable Student Farm.

Going forward, campus will undertake several studies to precisely determine where and how emissions are created from its 6,368-acre landscape to aid in designing strategies for further reduction. By FY25, campus also hopes to purchase 40% of its food supplies from local vendors.

SWATeams report annually on progress made toward Illinois Climate Action Plan objectives in their area of focus. Click to view the Agriculture, Land Use, Food, and Sequestration team’s poster from the Oct. 26, 2016, Campus Sustainability Celebration.


The 2016-17 Team


Retired Members

  • Neal Merchen, College of ACES Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Animal Sciences (2014-15)
  • Brett Stillwell, Architect, Capital Planning, Facilities & Services (2014-15)
  • Dawn Aubrey, Associate Director of Housing Dining Services, Read more about Dawn (2014-15)
  • Carol Strohbeck, University Housing Assistant Director of Dining Services, Equipment & Facilities Read more about Carol (2014-15)
  • Alexandra He, student Read more about Alexandra (2014-15)
  • Amanda Jacobs, student (2014-15)
  • Maggie Thomas, student (2015-16)
  • Rob Klein, clerk, Agriculture Leadership Education (2015-16)


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