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. Each day focuses on a different theme of sustainability featuring an exciting event and awesome activities. 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

September 14: RECYCLE

EVENT
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.

ACTIVITIES

Sign the Recycling Pledge
Did you know UIC’s recycling rate is over 45% (more than 2x the rate in 2008)? Take the pledge to help make Recycling at UIC an even bigger success!  To be entered for prizes just post your pledge to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using @SustainableUIC and #SustainabilityDays!
Use the Pepsico Recycling Machine
Points for prizes can be earned while helping veterans by using the PepsiCo bottle recycling Dream Machine located next to Dunkin Donuts on the second floor of Student Center East. Visit here to find out more. To be entered for prizes just post a photo of what you recycle at the DreamMachine to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using @SustainableUIC and #SustainabilityDays!
Recycle a bottle or can in the outdoor Big Bellies
The Big Belly solar compactor recycling bins are placed in outdoor areas near the Lecture Center Plaza. These Big Bellies help UIC reduce our carbon footprint because they have sensors that tell us when they are full- so we only have to send the garbage/ recycling truck when necessary. They also compact the refuse to make pick-ups very infrequent. (This was funded by the UIC Sustainability Fee!) So go ahead and throw your glass, metals, and plastics in it! (Not #6).
To be entered for prizes just post a photo of what you recycle at the Big Bellies to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using @SustainableUIC and #SustainabilityDays!

September 15: Eat Local

EVENT
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

3:30PM

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!

ACTIVITIES

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!)
Eat at the All-You-Care-To-Eat Cafes
UIC’s All-You-Care-To-Eat dining facilities (East Café – SCE or Dining Hall – JST) boasts many sustainable features such as using antibiotic-free dairy, sustainable seafood, and cage-free eggs, among others.  Our dining facilities are the few places on campus where composting happens.  Last year, UIC collected and composted over 120 tons of food scraps! Composting is better for the environment because instead of rotting away in the landfill, producing methane, a powerful green house gas and contributor to climate change, the organic food materials decompose quickly into useable fertilizer!

To be entered for prizes, just post a photo of you eating at any of UIC’s All-You-Care-To-Eat dining facilities to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using @SustainableUIC and #SustainabilityDays!

 

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

10AM

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.

ACTIVITIES

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

ACTIVITIES

Order Energy Conservation Light Switch Stickers

Online

As part of the multi-year Unplug! campaign to reduce energy consumption on campus, email sustainability@uic.edu 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

Everywhere

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!)

ACTIVITIES

Take the Bike Safety Quiz at www.BikeSafetyQuiz.com and post a screen shot of your GOLD-LEVEL certificate to social media (or email it to us at sustainability@uic.edu). 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) Go to as many events and participate in as many activities listed above as you can. 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! Each time you post that you were at an event gets you 5 raffle tickets!

3) Do each activity. Don’t worry if you can’t do it on that day- you can do the activities when you have time this week. Each time you post an activity on social media, you get 1 raffle ticket.

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

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