Sustainability Celebration Repair Demos Needed

As mentioned in a previous post, the Illini Gadget Garage will have an information table at the upcoming Campus Sustainability Celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom here on the UIUC campus, from 4 to 6 p.m. See the Facebook event for the celebration on the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE) Facebook page.

Besides being present to explain more about the project, we’re hoping to be able to sit down with a few folks during the event for “do-it-together” troubleshooting and repair so that celebration attendees can get a feel for how our process works.

So if you’re a student, faculty or staff member with plans to attend the celebration, you have a small electronic device or appliance that needs some repair or troubleshooting, and you don’t mind others observing work that’s done on your item, contact us at illinigadgetgarage@gmail.com to inquire about being part of a demonstration that day. We can only work with a couple of people on demonstration projects during the limited time of the event, and there are some space and other restrictions to consider, so email and provide some basic information on the device and issue you’re having. If we can’t accommodate you during the sustainability celebration, we’ll work with you to set up an alternative time for you to come into our physical location to work on your device.

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Fall 2016 Hours, Upcoming Events

The renovations to make our physical location, INHS Storage Building 3 (SB3), are completed, and while we’re still in the process of rearranging and sprucing up the interior, we do have fall open hours scheduled. We’ll be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 1 PM and Wednesdays from noon until 3PM. Please note there will be no open hours during the week of Oct. 3rd. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Pardon our dust while we slowly work to make the interior of the building more inviting! Note that there are some metered parking spaces in the graveled lot adjacent to the building, and an accessible parking space on the building’s east side. You can access the graveled lot/yellow pole barn area either from Oak Street, Hazelwood drive, or from Griffith Drive. If you take the bus to the corner of Oak and Hazelwood, follow the sidewalk leading west from Oak Street; this will join to a sidewalk that leads straight back to SB3. Our lovely new signs will be up on the north and south sides of the building soon to help you locate us. When all else fails, just look for the pole barn with the large antenna attached!

We’ll also continue to host pop-up clinics at various locations around campus. We’re planning have a table at the upcoming Campus Sustainability Celebration (Oct. 26) at Alice Campbell Alumni Center from 4-6PM as well as at the Urbana America Recycles Day Celebration on Nov. 19 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Anita Purves Nature Center. We’re working on having sign-up available for pop-ups at these events–check this site, our calendar, and social media for details in the near future on these special events, and for other pop-ups.

While our project team is exploring business considerations, including membership fees, to make this effort financially self-sustaining after our seed funding from SSC is spent, for now all services remain free for UI students, faculty and staff. The America Recycles Day celebration pop-up will also be free and available to the broader community. We want to spread the word about this project and get people comfortable with the idea of repair and considering the impacts of the products they own and our “throwaway” culture. If/when any fees become part of our operations, we’ll post that information on this page then. Until then let’s celebrate the opening of our physical space and product stewardship with free assistance!

If you’d like to make a donation to the SEI Various Donors fund to support the continued efforts of the Illini Gadget Garage in the future, see http://www.sustainelectronics.illinois.edu/SEIdonation.html. Be sure to note “Illini Gadget Garage” in the “Comments or Other Instructions” field on the form. Thank you!