The Student Sustainability Committee first became a reality back in 2002 after a passionate group of UIUC students gathered together in an effort to create a more sustainable campus. The initial main goal was to create an initiative to advance alternative energy projects on campus, but it later developed into something much greater. The students ultimately decided that the best way to accomplish this goal was to initiate a student fee and form a committee […]
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97% of scientists agree that not only is climate change real, it is accelerated by human contribution. The Student Sustainability Committee definitely agrees with the science. Please join SSC on Thursday the 27th at 7:00 PM in 112 Gregory Hall for a free preview screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s newest film, BEFORE THE FLOOD, before its national debut. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/177947295986443/. Hope to see you there!
I met with Marco Tijoe, a biological physics major who coordinates campus Styrecycle. Styrecycle started Styrofoam recycling on UIUC’s campus for the first time after receiving SSC funding in 2014. They have emulated a very successful program that’s eco-friendly and self-sustaining. Marco showed me the collection box that contained large Styrofoam boxes, which were used as coolers to ship equipment to the life science lab. Styrecycle has established a partnership with Community Resources, Inc. (CRI) […]
When most people think about clean energy, many just think wind and solar. However, the truth is that with the rapid increase in technology and innovation within the last few decades, the possibilities for renewable energy have increased exponentially. Biodiesel, for instance, is one that many people are not familiar with but should be because it is leading the way in clean fuel production. Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be made from […]
Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting with Eric Benson, who is one of the founders of the incredible project that is Fresh Press here at UIUC. If you dont already know, Fresh Press is an agri-fiber paper-making lab on the Illinois campus that explores how a collaboration of farmers, artists, designers, and academics can revitalize a manufacturing industry in the Midwest. They collaborate with the Sustainable Student Farm (SSF) and the Woody Perennial Polyculture […]
Justin is a sophomore student in NRES who applied for SSC funding last year to set up an aquaponics system. He and his partners ordered the aquaponics kit and set up the system in the south quad greenhouses behind ACES library. He invited me to take a tour to learn more about aquaponics. As he opened the greenhouse’s door for me, a warm breeze gushes out. The room is set to a temperature as a […]