Thanks to funding from the University of Illinois Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) and Michael Westjohn, Allerton was able to install another solar array!
We chatted with Josh Frerichs, a senior in Urban Studies and Planning, who was instrumental in getting the SSC grant.
Q: Can you give a brief overview of what the SSC is?
JF: The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) is a university-based organization that funds sustainable projects led by students or staff. These funds are collected through two student fees to provide around $1.1 million annually toward green projects around campus or University-owned properties.
Q: Why was the Allerton solar panel project appealing to you?
JF: The Allerton Solar Project was appealing to me because the goal was aimed towards a more sustainable, cleaner future for Allerton Park. My concentration is sustainability and I enjoy working with nature so it felt like a great opportunity to get involved.
Q: Would you share your thoughts on Allerton in general? Had you been here before? Any insight you would share with other U of I students who haven’t made the trip?
JF: Allerton is a great natural haven away from campus. I’ve been out several times for various reasons, but most recently this Spring semester to hike some of the trails. It was beneficial to get off campus to relax. The day was warm and the trees were beginning to bloom. Highly recommend visiting the gardens and trails that Allerton has to offer.
Q: Other thoughts on the project in general you want to share?
JF: This project has been a huge learning experience for me and I’m glad that I could help to create a healthier future for the community. To preserve our natural systems and maintain a healthy world around us is crucial. That’s why projects such as this solar array can play their part in moving us towards a better future for all.