Sustainability Days

Attend events. Post your experience. Win prizes.

September 14-18 will mark the UIC’s eighth annual Sustainability Days, five days of activities to help the campus learn how to conserve resources and build a more sustainable community. For a chance to win prizes, play our social media photo contest. See official rules all the way at the bottom of this page.

September 14: Recycle

Campus Electronic Recycling Collection (CERC)

Lot south of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S Halsted

The Office of Sustainability will help you recycle your department’s old electronics. Simply fill out the OBFS paperwork, bring them to us, and say “sayonara, broken electronics”!

An event so popular, we are repeating it on September 21 near Student Center West. See here for details.

Sign the Recycling Pledge


Did you know UIC’s recycling rate is over 45% (more than 2x the rate in 2010)? Take the pledge to help make Recycling at UIC an even bigger success (and be entered again for prizes – just post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter what you pledge to do using @SustainableUIC)!

September 15: Eat Local

Farmers’ Market

11:30AM – 2:30PM
Lecture Center Plaza (AKA the “Quad”)

Get your week’s fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads, pastries and more from farmers and vendors located in the Chicago region.

Heritage Garden Tour & Free Tasting


Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

The Heritage Garden interns will show you what’s good and growing at UIC. After the tour, they will have veggies and herbs for you to take home!

Heritage Garden Recipe Contest

Come up with a great recipe with herbs and vegetables from the Heritage Garden and post your recipe and photo to social media and be featured on the Heritage Garden recipe webpage! . Make sure to tag SustainbleUIC in your post! (Do NOT take plants from the Heritage Garden, please. The awesome HG interns will actually give you some plants if you come on the tour!)

September 16: Reuse

Great Stuff Exchange

10AM – 2PM

SCE West Concourse

Bring reusable-but-unwanted office supplies to the Exchange, or stop by to pick up items for free!  Open to all.  See the great stuff exchange page for rules and more details.

Free Coffee Coupon


Cafe Descartes, Student Center East

Bring your reusable coffee mug to the Great Stuff Exchange and we will give you a voucher for a FREE 12oz COFFEE at Cafe Descartes. We reward you for doing your part in reducing waste! There is a limited number of vouchers. We will begin to give them away at 10AM until supplies last. You must show your I-card in order to get the free coffee coupon.

UIC Beach Cleanup and Party

3PM – 4:30PM

12th St. Beach

Help cleanup the closest beach to UIC, meet leaders in Chicago’s water movement, and have fun in the sun at a beach party.

September 17: Conserve Energy

Smart Grid Activities

Noon – 1PM

Lecture Center Plaza

UIC Smart Grid interns will play “Eco Pong” on the quad to test your knowledge of energy conservation and the smart meter!

UIC Urban Forum

9AM – 5PM

UIC Forum

Energy Networks: How do we Power a City? Featuring Howard Learner, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center; Cynthia Klein-Banai, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, University of Illinois at Chicago; Said Al-Hallaj, Chairman/CEO, AllCell Technologies; and John Flavin, Executive Director, Chicago Innovation Exchange. 2:30PM

Order Energy Conservation Light Switch Stickers


As part of the multi-year Unplug! campaign to reduce energy consumption on campus, email to order stickers for your  office, department, or residence hall. Please provide your name, department, campus address and mail code.  Stickers will be delivered via campus mail. Stickers should ONLY be placed above or below light switch cover plates. Please let us know how many stickers you would like. Post a selfie of you putting on the stickers!

September 18: Walk, Pedal, Ride

PARK(ing) Day

11AM – 4PM

Parking Lot J, Taylor & Paulina Streets

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good.  Come enjoy a temporary public park made from transformed UIC parking lot spaces, complete with outdoor yoga at noon and bike maintenance checks form 11a-2p.

Bike 2 Campus Day

All Day


Ride your bike ANYWHERE on September 18 and log your trip with a helmet selfie! (“Helmet Selfie”? yup. That’s a picture of you with your bike helmet!)

BONUS ACTIVITIES to win prizes!

This enters you into a separate raffle for prizes!

  • Take the Bike Safety Quiz at and post a screen shot of your GOLD-LEVEL certificate to social media (or email it to us at You can take is as a cyclist or motorist!
  • Watch our Bike Locking Video on youtube and leave a comment with one bike safety nugget of information you learned from the video. Make sure to use #SustainabilityDays!

Social Media Photo Contest

Did you know these used to be banners that hung around the quad and streets surrounding UIC? We can't use them anymore, so instead of throwing them away, we turned them into bags!

Did you know these used to be banners that hung around the quad and streets surrounding UIC? We can’t use them anymore, so instead of throwing them away, we turned them into bags!

For a chance to win a UIC upcycled banner bag and other awesome prizes, simply follow these steps:

1) Participate in the activities listed above, not including the bonus activities. The more you participate in, the greater your chance to win!

2) Prove that you were at the event by posting a selfie tagging SustainableUIC and using #SustainabilityDays. Make sure to like/ follow us on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram to be noticed!

3) Multiple random winners will be chosen beginning September 21.

Please check our photo disclaimer.