Sustainability at F&S

F&S is proud to be an integral part of helping Illinois realize a sustainable future through implementation of the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) and related projects. Through collaborations with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), F&S continuously works to help campus achieve the Climate Leadership Commitments. Sustainability staff provide leadership, coordination, promotion, reporting, and a point of contact for several sustainability initiatives managed by F&S departments.

The U of I Wins the International Laboratory Freezer Challenge

Winning the “hat trick,” the U of I was honored recently by the International Laboratory Freezer Challenge as one of the top universities at implementing cold-storage best management practices and reducing energy usage for a third straight year. Twenty-one labs on campus combined to save approximately 263 kWh/day, which is the equivalent energy use of nine average households. 

My Green Lab and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) recognized the university’s three-peat with a newly created “winning streak” honor during a virtual award ceremony held at the I2SL annual conference on Wednesday, October 7. Watch the university's award acceptance speech below, featuring campus leadership and some of top performing laboratories on campus. More information about the program is available at

Illinois Climate Action Plan - Recent Project Updates

The Illinois Climate Action Plan Portal is a repository of projects and initiatives for campus sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The latest project updates from the iCAP Portal are shown below.