Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)

The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) is the strategic plan for campus sustainability, and it gets updated every five years through a public input process, with collaborative discussions from students, faculty, staff, and community members.

History of the iCAP

  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign formally committed to sustainability in February 2008, when Chancellor Herman signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment with Second Nature, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050. 
  • Illinois was the first Big Ten university to submit a climate action plan to Second Nature. The 2010 iCAP was approved by Interim Chancellor Easter on May 10, 2010.
  • The iCAP Portal was established in May 2012 to track and share updates on campus sustainability progress.
  • Chancellor Wise approved the Formal Procedures for Campus Sustainability in June 2014, creating the Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWATeams) and the iCAP Working Group.
  • Interim Chancellor Wilson approved the 2015 iCAP.
  • Interim Chancellor Wilson signed the Resilience Commitment with Second Nature.  Second Nature renamed the American College and University Presidents' Climate commitment as the Carbon Commitment. As a signatory to both commitments, this campus is a signatory to the "Climate Leadership Commitments" at Second Nature.