Keith Erickson is the Associate Director of Utility Distribution within Facilities & Services on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. He is responsible for the planning, operating, maintenance, and safety of utility distribution systems on campus — including water.
Keith was selected for the Water and Stormwater SWATeam based on his exposure to all the utility systems on campus, and his familiarity with all Illinois and U.S. EPA water system requirements.
One of his greatest hopes for the SWATeam is that its recommendations will be listened to and implemented. At this time, the team is working on making the water running off of University streets and sidewalks into creeks and rivers cleaner and reducing campus’ overall consumption. Keith believes that sustainability is not only important for this University but also society as a whole.
Although Keith feels the challenges of convincing the campus community to commit to goals —and of finding the time and resources to make necessary changes — he also sees big potential in the energetic students, faculty, and staff who are committed to change for the better.