About the SSC
The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) is a student-led organization charged with the distribution of two student fees – the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee and the Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee. With the ultimate goal of making the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a leader in campus sustainability, the SSC reviews, recommends, and funds projects that increase environmental stewardship, inspire change, and impact students.
|Committee Member||Role||Email (@illinois.edu)|
|Jonah Messinger||Vice Chairperson – External||SSC-ViceChairExternal|
|Julia Marsaglia||Vice Chairperson – Internal||SSC-ViceChairInternal|
|Julija Sakutyte||Communications Project Coordinator||SSC-Communications|
|Jack Reicherts||Communications Project Lead||SSC-Communications|
|Lucy Nifong||Communications Project Lead||SSC-Communications|
|Natalie Hill||Communications Project Lead||SSC-Communications|
|Emma Loew||Community Outreach Lead||SSC-CommunityOutreach|
|Caitlin Bloomer||Professional Development Lead||SSC-ProfessionalDevelopment|
|Maria Maring||Student Outreach Lead||SSC-StudentOutreach|
|Aditya Bhansali||Education & Justice Working Group Chairperson||SSC-EducationAndJustice|
|Mallory Mahen||Education & Justice Working Group Chairperson||SSC-EducationAndJustice|
|Brinn McDowell||Energy Working Group Chairperson||SSC-Energy|
|Joshua Woolf-Senoff||Energy Working Group Chairperson||SSC-Energy|
|Xanthe Huspen||Food & Waste Working Group Chairperson||SSC-FoodAndWaste|
|Cinderella Teng||Land, Water, & Air Working Group Chairperson||SSC-LandWaterAir|
|Boming Yang||Transportation & Infrastructure Working Group Chairperson||SSC-Transportation|
Faculty Members (non-voting)
|Jessica Brinkworth, Ph.D.||Faculty Member||jfbrinkw|
|Brajendra Kumar Sharma, Ph.D.||Faculty Member||bksharma|
|Kevin McSweeney, Ph.D.||Faculty Member||mcsween|
|Andrew Stumpf, Ph.D.||Faculty Member||astumpf|
|Yun Kyu Yi, Ph.D.||Faculty Member||ykyi|
Ex officio Members (non-voting)
|Creen Ahmad||Chairperson, ISG Committee on Environmental Sustainability||ISG-EnvironmentalSustainability|
|Gina Lee-Olukoya, Ph.D.||Director, Student Engagement||golukoya|
|David Guth||Illini Union Representative||dcguth|
|Lisa Peacock, P.E.||Facilites & Services Engineer||peacock4|
|Morgan White||Facilities & Services Sustainability||mbwhite|
|Ximing Cai, Ph.D.||iSEE Representative||xmcai|
|Eric Green||iSEE Representative||ewgreen|
|Meredith Moore||iSEE Representative||mkm0078|
SSC Administrative Support (non-voting)
|Admin Staff||Role||Email (@illinois.edu)|
|Lita Vega||Marketing Intern||SSC-Communications|
Former Committee Members
Check back as we update the listing of former committee members.
Governing Documents & Yearly Reports
The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) traces its origins to a small group of passionate Illinois students that were fighting for the use of clean energy on campus in 2002. As the students advocated for more student body engagement and voice in regards to energy issues on campus, their efforts eventually evolved into something much bigger. The students decided to pursue the formation of a university green fund.
The first student-initiated fee was a $2 per semester fee called the Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee (CET), which was approved through a student referendum. The intent of CET was and still is to provide renewable energy as a portion of the campus energy portfolio and to reduce carbon emissions. The fee is used to purchase cleaner energy technologies for campus, including solar, wind, hydrogen, and geothermal projects; energy efficiency; and renewable energy from non-University producers.
Students successfully campaigned for a $5 per semester refundable student-initiated fee called the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee (SCE). The fee was approved by a referendum of the student body and by the Board of Trustees. SCE was installed to help establish a sustainable campus environment by financing initiatives such as green buildings, engagement of the University community, recycling, energy efficiency, and environmentally responsible purchasing.
The SSC approves the first projects to be funded using the CET and SCE fees!
The student body passes a referendum to raise the SCE fee from $5 to $14 (per semester, per student). The measure was passed with a 77% approval rate and firmly established Illinois as having the largest sustainability funding pool of its kind in the United States.
The SCE Fee is made non-refundable with the caveat that it is reduced to $12.06 (per semester, per student).
Students passed a referendum to renew both the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee ($12.06) and the Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee ($2.00). The motions passed with an 82% and an 87% approval rate, respectively.
Today, the Cleaner Energy Technologies fee remains at $2.00 and the Sustainable Campus Environment fee remains at $12.06. These two fees allow SSC to allocate $1.1 million annually to projects that work toward the University’s sustainability goals as laid out in the Illinois Climate Action Plan.
Since its inception, SSC has allocated a total of $15.5 million toward funding 306 projects that have made an impact in sustainability!