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The Energy Conservation and Building Standards SWATeam is examining the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan goals and accomplishments in this theme.

By FY20, campus aims to reduce total energy use of existing buildings by 30% from the FY08 baseline. Campus took a large step in July 2015 to curb energy demand by buildings with the implementation of a “Net Zero Growth Space Policy,” which disallows any lease, construction, or renovation project to push total campus square footage past a baseline cap. Energy conservation efforts remain an enormous opportunity to both reduce greenhouse emissions and to save money on campus.

SWATeams report annually on progress made toward Illinois Climate Action Plan objectives in their area of focus. Click to view the Energy Conservation and Building Standards team’s poster from the Oct. 25, 2018, Campus Sustainability Celebration.


Current Team Members
  • Faculty: Bill Rose (Chair), Senior Research Architect, Applied Research Institute (2018-) (Email)
  • Faculty: Yun Kyu Yi, Assistant Professor of Architecture (2016-)
  • Staff: David Boehm, Facilities & Services Associate Director of Operations, Maintenance and Alterations (2017-) Read more about David >>>
  • Staff: Karl Helmink, Facilities & Services Associate Director of Energy Conservation and Retrocommissioning (2014-) Read more about Karl >>>
  • Student: Andrea Martinez Gonzalez, Ph.D. Candidate in Communication (2017-) Read more about Andrea >>>
  • Student: Jamie Wiberg, Undergraduate in Architectural Studies (2018-)
  • SWATeam Clerk: Taylor Holin, Undergraduate in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability (2018-) (Email)

Retired Members

  • Jonah Messinger, Undergraduate in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Fall 2018; moved to EGEN team) Read more about Jonah >>>
  • Marian Huhman, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication (2015-18) Read more about Marian >>>
  • Swarnali Sandal, Ph.D. Candidate in Atmospheric Sciences (2018)
  • Carol Lin, clerk, Undergraduate in Materials Science and Engineering (2017-18)
  • Ashwini Shetty, M.S. candidate in Civil Engineering (2017)
  • Fred Hahn,  Facilities & Services Associate Director of Engineering Services (2014-17) Read more about Fred >>>
  • Dhara Patel, undergraduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2015-17)
  • Alex Dzurick, graduate student in Communication (2015-17) Read more about Alex >>>
  • Diliya Murtazina, student clerk in Mechanical Engineering (2016-17) Read more about Diliya >>>
  • Claudia Szczepaniak, student clerk (2014-2016)
  • Brian Deal, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning (2014-15)
  • Scott Willenbrock, Professor of Physics (2014-15)
  • Claire McConnell, student member (2014-15) Read more about Claire >>>
  • Monica Chhatwani, graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2014-15)


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Illini Lights Out

lightbulb-312459_640 An original effort started by the 2015-16 ECBS SWATeam and taken on by iSEE in the years since, Illini Lights Out is a program to raise awareness of wasted energy from lights left on in unoccupied spaces campus buildings. Since November 2016, brigades of student volunteers have conducted monthly sweeps of buildings surrounding the Main Quad to turn off lights, close windows, and inventory the results. Read more about the program >>>

To volunteer: Grab a friend, and put your names on the volunteer list for an upcoming Illini Lights Out, a program supported by funding from the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC).


Greener Campus Portal

iSEE is certifying Green Offices, Green Labs, and more in an effort to promote behavior change in everyday life on campus. Small steps, taken by many, can make a big impact. Visit the Portal for more info >>>


Campus and community programs, events and tips related to energy conservation