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Comments Jun 1, 2018 8:31 am

Biomass Boiler Goal.  Recommend that boiler be only a research activity. The goal of the energy enterprise is to provide responsible, reliable and ready energy to support world-class research and education.  Utility Master planning evaluated the capital and operational costs for biomass boilers in our region.  It is much more costly and would increase the fuel delivery truck traffic by a factor of 8 even if there was a daily supply nearby or require very large storage silos if a season boimass supply was developed.    Biomass Energy seems to be economically immature unless located in an area with heavy forestation.

Reply to at 8:31 am Feb 19, 2018 9:11 pm

The goal of carbon neutrality should be pushed up to 2030 or sooner. Cornell University has committed to carbon neutrality by 2035, the University of Florida, the University of California system, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh by 2025, and Duke University by 2024.

As a land grant university, we have the opportunity to be at the forefront of sustainability research and application. The longer amount of time left between now and carbon neutrality, the further we fall behind compared to other universities, and the less diligent our administration will be to accomplish the goal. A tighter deadline will put Illinois into action to achieve neutrality.


Reply to at 9:11 pm Feb 19, 2018 1:30 pm

Although iSEE is the logical place to provide focus for Energy and Sustainability thinking on campus, the PPT shown (2/19/17) does not reflect the breadth of the E&S education, research and outreach activity at UIUC. I'd stress the role of the Student Sustainability Committee in on-campus and student engagement, for example, and the vast majority of E&S education is provided through undergraduate majors and graduate degrees from across campus - CEE in Engineering, ESES in LAS, NRES in ACES, etc. - which aren't mentioned. The strategic plan should include input from a wider variety of UIUC E&S persepectives.

Reply to at 1:30 pm