SEDAC wins Illinois Sustainability Award

Sustainability AwardOn October 23rd, 2018 SEDAC received an Illinois Sustainability Award for its work to reduce energy consumption across Illinois.  Learn about the award winners here


Since 2004, the University of Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) has been reducing the energy footprint of the State of Illinois through design assistance, outreach, research, and education. Housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, SEDAC is a public-private partnership with 360 Energy Group. Its vision is a world in which all people have access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy.

SEDAC has provided technical assistance with energy savings to more than 2,700 public and private facilities and communities in 94 Illinois counties, and has offered quick advice to over 5,500 callers. Energy efficiency measures implemented from SEDAC recommendations have led to cumulative savings of 2.4 billion kWh and 117 million therms. This represents savings of nearly $300 million for Illinois businesses, public sector facilities, and communities, helping to create or sustain 2,700 jobs. These energy efficiency measures have also improved the safety of facilities and the health of users, through improved air quality, increased comfort, and greater code compliance. 

SEDAC also educates and inspires people to become more sustainable and pursue careers in energy efficiency. They have presented at over 500 workshops, webinars, course lectures, and other events throughout the State of Illinois, reaching 25,000 facility managers, students, engineers, community leaders, architects, and others. SEDAC has trained 90 student interns, many of whom are engaged in the clean energy industry worldwide. 

SEDAC conducts cutting-edge research on emerging innovations that can reduce energy consumption, and partners with energy consulting firms, utilities, state entities, and other energy efficiency organizations to transform markets, making energy efficiency and clean energy choices more viable and accessible.