Sustainability Days

Attend events. Do activities. Post your experience. Win prizes.

September 14-18, 2015 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: RECYCLErecycle logo

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 into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post your pledge to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays.
Use the Pepsi Dream Machine
Pepsi credit 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 into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post a photo of what you recycled in the DreamMachine to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #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 landfill garbage 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 into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post a photo of what you recycled at the Big Bellies to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays.

September 15: Eat Localeat local logo

EVENTS
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 get featured on the Heritage Garden’s recipe webpage!   To be entered to win an Aveda Prize Pack, just post your recipe to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays. (Do NOT take plants from the Heritage Garden, please. The awesome HG interns will actually give you some plants when you join us on the tour!)

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post your recipe to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays.

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 into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post a photo of your food from the cafes to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays.

September 16: Reusereuse logo

EVENTS

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.

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. Help clean up all the trash that could’ve easily been reused. (Count how many disposable coffee mugs, or straws, or plastic water bottle you see- it’s scary!)

ACTIVITIES

Bring your reusable mug and get FREE COFFEE
 Beginning at 10am on September 16, 2015, bring your reusable coffee mug and your I-card to the welcome table at the Great Stuff Exchange and we will give you a voucher for a FREE 12oz coffee at Cafe Descartes in Student Center East. 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. While supplies last.

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post a photo of your reusable coffee mug to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays.

Fill your water bottle at a refill station
There are many places on campus that offer filtered water bottle refilling stations. These bottle fillers provide a rapid fill of water and saves money spent on plastic water bottles, saves the environment from plastic bottle pollution and saves energy to produce plastic disposable bottles.

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, post the current number of water bottles saved at that station to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays. (The number can be found towards the top of the refill station)

Go grocery shopping with reusable bags
Recently, Chicago banned the use of plastic bags at major retail stores. Why? Because plastic bags are a huge environmental disaster and pollute our water ways. How many times have you got to the check out and they put it in a plastic bag before you even pay for it! See more at reuseit.com.

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post a photo of you toting your reusable bags to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays.  

September 17: Conserve Energyconserve energy logo

EVENTS

Smart Grid Games

1:30PM – 3:30PM

Lecture Center Plaza

UIC Smart Grid interns will have fun games on the Quad! Play “Eco Pong” on the quad to test your knowledge of energy conservation and the smart meter or give new life to an old notebook! Smart Grid Interns will help you upcycled the unused pages of your old notebooks. You bring the old notebooks, they’ll supply the rest.

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. This panel discussion is at 2:30PM.  See here for full agenda.

ACTIVITIES

Use energy conservation Lights Off stickers
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.

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post a photo of you turning off the lights to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays. 

Find the Energy Dashboard
Find a display on campus showing UIC’s Energy Dashboard.To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, just post a photo the dashboard to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays. 
Exercise with the ReRev machine
At the Student Recreation Facility, you will find work-out equipment that is not powered by coal, or nuclear, or even wind or solar. It’s powered by YOU! Rerev says, “Kinetic energy from your workout is converted to DC (Direct Current) and sent to the ReRev System which turns the DC current into AC (Alternating Current), the form of electricity used by homes and businesses. The electricity can then be used to power the building!”

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, post how much energy you generated to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays. 

Spread the word about smart meters
As opposed to the old meters, the new smart meters have a digital reader that makes it easier for data to be collected. Prior to the smart meter installation, workers went around and made an estimate on the meter’s reading and the consumer was charged based on the estimate. At the end of the year based on how accurate that reading was the customer received a refund for being overcharged or he/she was required to pay the difference of what the meter reader didn’t catch. With this new technology the usage is sent directly to the utility companies, like ComEd, once a day with a wireless radio. This means customers are getting charged the correct amount and workers don’t need to go around reading meters. However, if workers ever need to go check meters in person the digital meter makes it clearer to read. Read more at our Smart Grid page.

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, post a fun fact about smart meters to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays.

September 18: Walk, Pedal, Ridewalk pedal ride logo

EVENTS
PARK(ing) Day

11AM – 3PM

Parking Lot J, Taylor & Paulina Streets

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform parking spaces into temporary parks for the public good.  Come enjoy outdoor green space complete with outdoor yoga at noon and bike maintenance checks from 11AM-2PM. Feel free to bring your own blanket, chairs, brown-bag lunch, and games! (BYO Mat for yoga!)

College of Cycling Bike Ride

details coming soon!

ACTIVITIES

Bike 2 Campus
Ride your bike ANYWHERE on September 18, 2015.  Don’t own a bike? There are several bike share stations (Divvy) located across campus. Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing system that has 4,760 bikes and 476 stations across the city. A Divvy Membership is only $55 a year for UIC students! Just visit our Divvy page to get your discount code.

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, post a helmet selfie to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays. (“Helmet Selfie”? yup. That’s a picture of you with your bike helmet!)

Bike Safety Quiz
Take the Bike Safety Quiz at www.BikeSafetyQuiz.com. You must “go for the gold”!  You can take the quiz as a cyclist or motorist!

To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, post a screen shot of your GOLD-LEVEL certificate to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays. (No social media? Simply email it to us at sustainability@uic.edu.)

yoU-Lock It video
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! To be entered into the Office of Sustainability’s Social Media Photo Contest, post a photo of a properly locked bike to Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram tagging @SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays.

 

Social Media Photo Contest

#BannerBags #Upcycled

Raffle Prizes! Did you know these used to be banners that hung around the Lecture Center Plaza and streets surrounding UIC? We can’t use them anymore, so instead of throwing them away, we turned them into bags! #BannerBags #Upcycled

For a chance to win a UIC upcycled banner bag and other 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, the greater your chance to win!

2) Prove that you were at the event.
Post a selfie tagging SustainableUIC and using the hashtag #SustainabilityDays. You must like/ follow us (UIC Office of Sustainability) on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram.

3) Get Raffle E-Tickets.
Earn 5 raffle e-tickets by going to exciting events and posting your experience to social media.
Earn 1 raffle e-ticket for participating in each awesome activity and posting your experience to social media. Don’t worry if you can’t do it on that day- you can do the activities when you have time this week.
“Raffle e-ticket”. As we are the Office of Sustainability, we will not be issuing paper raffle tickets. Instead, we’ll be keeping an electronic tally of your posts. (According to our count, if you attend every event and participate in all the activities- that’s 60 raffle e-tickets!)

4) Multiple winners will be chosen at random beginning September 21, 2015. The Office of Sustainability will contact you via social media if you are a winner

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