Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.93
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date May 16, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Micah Kenfield
Sustainability Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sonified Sustainability Festival

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Description: This series of sustainability-themed programs, which run throughout the academic year and in different campus venues, celebrates ecological music and arts. It culminates during the spring semester with all-ages live music festival featuring original instruments made from found and repurposed materials. Events past and current include Nov. 12, 2015, concert featuring composer, sculptor, and educator Douglas R. Ewart, who makes instruments using found materials; a Feb. 18, 2016, concert with Tom Nunn, who builds original musical instruments using recycled and repurposed materials; an April 16, 2016, festival featuring hybrid musical instrument sculptor Ken Butler (whose work was on display in April-May 2016); an Oct. 20, 2016, concert featuring Eric Leonardson, who performs with the Springboard, an instrument he built to exp lore the sonic potential of coil springs and other materials; an April 20, 2017, concert featuring instrument builder/designer Cooper-Moore’s handcrafted instruments constructed from found and repurposed materials; and an April 22, 2017, Earth Day festival.

Outcomes: Not only do the concerts and artists help educate the community on the possibility of more sustainable music, but the festival each spring is accompanied by an information fair providing greater visibility of local projects, programs, and organizations working toward a sustainable future.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Campus Engagement
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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