Sustainability Award Issued

The Parking Department has been awarded money from the Student Sustainability Committee for the installation of solar lighting in parking lot E37. This lot, in addition to several buildings this lot provides access to, has been an ongoing point of concern for the students using them, especially in the months when sundown is earlier in the evening. The darkness in the area does not provide minimum lighting to be able to operate safely and securely in this lot. The use of standalone solar-powered lights for parking is an innovative solution that allows the system to remain off-grid while improving illumination for the lots - which in turn improves campus safety. There are currently no other universities in Illinois utilizing solar-powered parking lot lighting, allowing the University of Illinois to lead the way in one aspect of sustainability.