Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff,

Our campus recognizes the urgent need to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. We do this to help mitigate climate change and to be better stewards of the environment. We intend to serve as a model for campuses and communities around the world, while educating the next generation of sustainability leaders.

We have made great strides in the sustainability of our campus operations in recent years, and I am excited to present the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), building on these successes. It reaffirms our commitment to become carbon neutral as soon as possible, no later than 2050 and perhaps as early as 2035.

This plan requires the dedicated and sustained efforts of our faculty, students and staff to identify and implement the best sustainability solutions for our campus. Many of these solutions will require strategic up-front investments but will save money in the longer term.

Given the current budget uncertainty, we have a responsibility to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of any solutions. But we must consider all of our options.

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) has a web page with suggestions for how you can get involved, and I invite you to attend the iCAP Forum on the plan at 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Illini Union Room A.


Barbara J. Wilson
Interim Chancellor

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