Sustainability Days

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, pick up a Sustainability Days Bingo card at any event and get your card stamped. #WhootWhoot

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”!

Sign the Recycling Pledge Online: All Week

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)!

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! Come up with a great recipe and be featured on their recipe webpage! 

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.

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!

Order Energy Conservation Light Switch Stickers Online!


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.

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 on both sides of campus, complete with outdoor yoga at noon and bike maintenance checks form 11a-2p.

Bike 2 Campus Day

All Day


Ride your bike on September 18 and log your trip at for a chance to win a UIC upcycled banner bag!


Ride your bike from home to UIC, or ride your bike around UIC, or just ride your bike around town. Either way, RIDE YOUR BIKE!


Let us know how much you rode. Go to and select UIC, provide your contact information, and enter in the number of rides each day. (A “ride” can be from Rogers Park to UIC, or maybe just from SCE to SCW. We want to know how many times you got on that bike!)


Cross your fingers and wait for that email from us letting you know that you won! Winners will be announce the week of September 21.