Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)

The Gelvin Gardens provide an oasis of natural beauty gracing the entrance of the Krannert Art Museum. The gardens, originally designed by landscape architecture professor emeritus Terry Harkness, are maintained by KAM Council Gelvin Gardens volunteers led by Master Gardener Gloria Rainer. The space offers a peaceful place to enjoy flowers, fauna and sculpture work. The gardens are found at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) is the strategic plan for campus sustainability. The iCAP gets updated every five years through a public input process, with collaborative discussions from students, faculty, staff, and community members. F&S has been a proud contributor to the iCAP since the first one was developed and approved in 2010. We are excited to continue this effort with the release of the latest update: iCAP 2020!

History of the iCAP

  • The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign formally committed to sustainability in February 2008, when Chancellor Richard 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 Robert Easter on May 10, 2010.
  • The iCAP Portal was established in May 2012 to track and share updates on campus sustainability progress.
  • Chancellor Phyllis 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 Barbara Wilson approved the 2015 iCAP and 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.
  • The current version, iCAP 2020, includes 56 specific SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based) objectives, organized into eight themes: Energy, Transportation, Land & Water, Zero Waste, Education, Engagement, Resilience, and Implementation. The latest updates on this effort are listed above, from the iCAP Portal project updates available at and at the iCAP page on the Insititute for Sustainability, Energy, & Environment (iSEE) website.

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Sustainability staff provide leadership, coordination, promotion, reporting, and a point of contact for several sustainability initiatives managed by F&S departments.

Red Oak Rain Garden bridge

Waste Transfer Station

The Waste Transfer Station is at the center of campus waste management and recycling activities. The station supports the overall campus goal to reduce the amount of material entering the waste stream.

Waste Transfer Station

Utilities & Energy Services

Utilities & Energy Services (UES) is continuously upgrading to provide safe, reliable, environmentally compliant, cost-effective energy and other utilities to support campus.

Tour group at Abbott Power Plant