Sustainability Fee


  • In 2011, the Board of Trustees approved the UIC Sustainability Fee (formerly known as the Green Fee) as an initiative to improve the quality of campus operations, reduce UIC’s environmental impact, and generate awareness about environmental and sustainable issues by creating opportunities for students’ involvement.

    Paid for by all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the Sustainability Fee is a $3 per semester fee.  The Sustainability Fee funds small, short-term projects, helps to subsidize larger, long-term projects on campus, and helps fund student travel to sustainability-related conferences. Funding from this fee is administered by the Sustainability Fee Advisory Board (SFAB) comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff.


    Questions, comments, or need help thinking of a potential project?  Contact the board here.

  • Approximately $120,000  is available per academic year to fund proposals that aid in establishing a sustainable campus environment by expanding such areas as composting, landscaping, and transportation initiatives while also reducing waste and conserving resources.  Funding proposals must address the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, social equity, and economic benefit – and align with the goals of the UIC Climate Action Plan.

    Who can apply

    All UIC undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and registered student organizations are eligible to apply. If needed, the SFAB will help provide access to campus resources and personnel to approve projects. SFAB can also suggest other entities that may provide funding or assistance.

    Application process

    Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry before submitting a final proposal.  The Letter of Inquiry allows the committee to pre-screen proposals for appropriateness and feasibility. LOIs  should describe the project, its appropriateness and campus impact; furthermore, it should provide a rough estimate of the breakdown and total cost of the project, including expected completion and cost savings, if any.

    The Fall 2016 application is currently open; the deadline for the Fall 2016 is September 19th, 2016.  The SFAB will notify all applicants via email if they have been selected to submit a full proposal; this is due on November 11th, 2016.  The applicant will be required to meet with a SFAB member prior to submitting a final proposal.

    After the full proposal is submitted, grantees will be notified by the end of the semester.

    The Sustainability Fee Advisory Board is a board comprised of students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), staff, and faculty that meets bi-monthly during the academic year. Interested in being on the board?  Contact

    Funding Criteria

    In addition to the quality and completeness of the proposal, the committee will evaluate projects based on the following criteria:

    High visibility and educational exposure on campus

    Promotion of renewable energy

    High incidence of student involvement or employment

    Long-term cost benefits

    Interdisciplinary collaboration and research

    Additional aspects of project that can add value:

    Direct energy and sustainability impact

    Budget effectiveness, cost sharing, and leverage of external funds

    Likelihood for success


    Education and outreach


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