University of Illinois Urbana Champaign: Reducing Energy Usage by 19% in Four Years

By Stephanie Lage, Assistant to the Director, Office of Sustainability

(This article appears in the May, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) Climate Action Plan (iCAP) has an energy reduction target of 20% by 2015. Conservation efforts have led to a 19% reduction to date! Our emissions reduction goal of 15% by 2015 has already been surpassed with a 16% reduction! And our water conservation reduction goal of 20% by 2015 has also been exceeded with a 16% reduction to date. Beyond operations we are also making an impact in preparing graduates for a changing global market place. Sustainability education can be found in more than 250 courses offered through 43 different departments on campus. The Office of Sustainability organizes an annual curriculum workshop. The instructors that have taken this workshop can reach 6,500 students per year. Creating our Climate Leadership Award video provided us the opportunity to tell our evolving and exciting story in a dynamic platform.   We look forward to sharing the video with our many campus and community stakeholders.