University of Illinois Facilities and Services
July 6, 2017
Most days, the engineers, mechanics, pipefitters, and steamworkers of Abbott Power Plant operate in the background on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign, ensuring electricity is ready for over 43,000 students and the faculty who teach them. But increasingly, Abbott workers are stepping into the forefront as teachers themselves, helping the community learn about generating and conserving energy.
The staff of Abbott regularly assist with research projects and open their doors to U of I classes, including the newest massively open online course on energy and the environment, "Energy, Environment, and Everyday Life".
Up to 1,000 people visit Abbott in any given year. This includes hundreds of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, middle and high school students, adult education students, legislators, and service groups.
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