Illinois Climate Action Plan

The university committed to sustainability when it signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2008, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050.  In 2010, Illinois was the first Big Ten institution to submit a climate action plan to ACUPCC.

The iCAP: A Climate Action Plan, provides interim target dates for actions leading to carbon neutrality, enhanced sustainable curriculum for students, expanded research, and programs to track those efforts.  The 61 page document details the university’s carbon footprint with a campus emissions inventory, isolating the separate sources and describing the strategies and recommended actions for each source to meet future emission reduction goals, including developing renewable energy sources.  There are more than 300 projects related to the iCAP to date.

The iCAP seeks to end the use of coal combustion on campus by 2017, implement a “no net increase in space” policy, establish new buildings operating as net energy neutral providers or energy providers, and adopt a zero-waste policy, as well as many other endeavors. The iCAP also sets interim targets within the decade and future decades for reduction of building energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation, and potable water usage.

iCAP Themes

The Illinois Climate Action Plan covers a wide variety of topics related to sustainability.  These have been categorized into the following themes:

  • Education

  • Energy

  • Funding

  • Land and Space

  • Outreach

  • Procurement and Waste

  • Reporting Progress

  • Research

  • Transportation

  • Water