EcoReps help facilitate communication and implementation at the unit level.  We ask each department to designate a staff member to serve as a liaison – an EcoRep – to the Office of Sustainability.

  • What EcoReps Do

    • Work within their unit/department to disseminate information on how to support sustainability initiatives on campus
    • Assist in the collection of their unit/department’s dead pens, dead batteries, and Great Stuff Exchange (GSX) donations
    • Communicate with the Office of Sustainability regarding issues that arise in implementing these programs
    • Attend quarterly meetings (usually at lunchtime) to hear new information, share their experiences and successes, and get answers to questions
    Become an EcoRep

    The ideal representative is someone who has an interest in the environment and sustainability.

    To become an EcoRep, ask your unit/department head and then sign up via or simply sign up below

    Contact:  Kate Yoshida, Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-355-0089

    EcoReps Meetings

    EcoReps Bulb Planting

    Thursday 11/5/2015 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the College of Medicine West Quad (1819 W. Polk St.)

    RSVP:  Kate Yoshida, Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-355-0089

    Your EcoRep
     Find Your EcoRep

    Look up your unit/department page here, then scroll down to see the EcoRep listing.

    Success Stories

    Sustainability Success Stories

    Marvin Cooks @ UIC Bookstore

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    Marvin Cooks, EcoRep

    How were you identified as an EcoRep? 

    I was identified by Loreen Maxfield the Director of Retail Operation to undertake this position. I am truly proud to be associated with this movement.

    How have you been able to incorporate sustainability into the UIC Bookstore? 

    I have been able to incorporate sustainability into the UIC Bookstore by way of Paper, Cardboard, Wooden Pallets, Battery, Ink cartridge and Ink Toner recycling.

    What have been your sustainability successes in the UIC Bookstore?

    My successes consist of implementing an ink cartridge and ink toner recycling program, and the reuse of cardboard boxes within our daily operation.

    How would you advise others at UIC to be more sustainable?

    The best way to advise the UIC community about the sustainable movement in my opinion would be to provide detailed data on the cause and effect related to sustainable issues.

    Would you recommend becoming an Ecorep?  If so, why?

    Yes, I would endorse becoming an EcoRep, as we become more considerate of the sustainable movement, so shall the ways of improvement for the sake of our environment.


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    Marvin Cooks – Greening the UIC Bookstore



    Julie Grismanauskas @ Facilities Management


    Julie Grismanauskas, EcoRep

    How were you identified as an EcoRep? 

    I studied architecture in school and it is an area that is consistently looking to better the surrounding environment.  Construction unfortunately uses a massive amount of natural and non-renewable resources.  It is for this reason architects are constantly looking for way to be more sustainable.  Consequently, my education and deep-rooted interests influenced me to volunteer as my department’s EcoRep.

    How have you been able to incorporate sustainability into Facilities Management? 

    One thing I have had the pleasure of working on was installing bottle fillers onto existing water fountains around campus.  I was helping coordinate a project to install one in most classroom buildings on the East Campus, which was funded by the Sustainability Fee.  I also helped the College of Pharmacy convert all their water fountains to include a bottle filler.  This gives people access to local water as opposed to bringing a store bought water bottle with them which is thrown in the trash every day.

    What have been your sustainability successes in Facilities Management? 

    Last year we had a great turnout for RecycleMania.  I let my department know a bit ahead of time that the next month was going to be RecycleMania and to think about purging any unwanted paper from their office.  Once it was time, I had a big green recycle bin* brought to our office and let it sit there for when people were ready to purge.  I remember that bin getting full numerous times and having to call the recycling crew to empty it.  By the end of the month, we were a regular stop on their recycle list because of all the paper we recycled.  *Julie hosted what we refer to as a Green Tote Parade!

    How would you advise others at UIC to be more sustainable?

    It’s best to start with simple things like printing things double sided if at all, using a reusable water bottle or cup each day, take public transportation or bike to campus if available.  Also, always remember “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.”

    Would you recommend becoming an Ecorep?  If so, why?

    I would recommend becoming a EcoRep whether you are interested in sustainability or not.  If you are, you can contribute your ideas and learn new ones.  If you’re not interested, it may spark curiosity or at least get you informed on why we are so concerned about our environment and what can be done to help save it.  Information is power.

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    Julie Grismanauskas – Greening Facilities Management


  • Current Initiatives

    CUB Energy Saver


    CUB Energy Saver

    CUB Skin for WebtoolsUIC’s Office of Sustainability is teaming up with the Citizen’s Utility Board (CUB), to bring you the UIC Energy Saver Competition.  All UIC students, faculty, and staff are invited to compete for a grand prize of 6 months FREE electricity paid for by CUB.  The employee that saves the most energy by March 1st, 2015 will win 6 months of FREE electricity covered by CUB! A second prize will be awarded to the EcoRep whose department has the most amount of signups- a $50 gift card!

    See the resources needed to win the CUB Energy Saver Competition! Running until March 2015.  Sign up and start saving here:

    UIC CUB Energy Saver presented to EcoReps February 2014

    Display the CUB Energy Saver poster around your office/ break rooms/ mailrooms.


    Elevate Energy

    Elevate Energy

    Elevate Energy

    The Office of Sustainability is partnering with Elevate Energy, a local non-profit that promotes smarter energy use for Chicago homeowners.  Elevate Energy helps homeowners make smarter choices about energy.  We encourage the UIC community to see below or check out the Elevate Energy brochure to find out how Elevate Energy can help save you energy and money!   Elevate Energy: 1. Helps residents find a better electricity rate.  Are you aware of ComEd’s Residential Real-Time Pricing program?  This program takes advantage of smart meters to provide hourly pricing.  It’s saved customers an average of $100 each year since 2008, collectively saving $13 million 2. Assists residents in using the Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) program.  This program helps residents make home energy improvements that have been shown to cut energy bills by an average of $400 per year!  Residents can have an individual energy assessment, or join with neighbors, where a certified and vetted contractor will find affordable improvements that maximize savings. 3. Offers expert advice. Speak with an Elevate Energy advisor by visiting their website or calling 1.844.922.1222.


    Solar Chicago

    Solar Chicago

    Solar_Chicago_Logo_on_WhiteUIC is participating in the outreach of Solar Chicago to help employees simplify the process of researching installation options for your home, while helping the City and surrounding communities achieve local and statewide sustainability goals.  The City of Chicago, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF),  has launched Solar Chicago to bring solar electricity for homeowners into the mainstream. Chicago was recently designated the Earth Hour Capital of the United States by WWF for its sustainability efforts, including its focus on lowering costs for residential solar electric systems.  Solar Chicago will continue these efforts to help expand the local solar market by pooling the power of the community to make solar easy and more affordable than ever for homeowners in the program area.

    Lower Cost:

    A discounted price achieved (25%) by pooling the purchasing power of groups, and an additional incentive rebate that provides increased savings as more people contract for solar electricity on their homes. After vetting several solar companies, a volunteer community evaluation committee has selected the team of Juhl Renewable Energy Systems and Microgrid Solar as Solar Chicago’s installation partner.  Serving individual customers in a group through Solar Chicago allows these companies to reduce their costs- savings that they will pass along to participants with residential solar pricing starting at $3.49 per-watt- more than a 25% discount off the average cost of going solar. The Juhl Renewable Energy System/ Microgrid Solar team also includes the experience of local electrical contractor/ installation partners Ailey Solar and Kapital Electric.  Collectively, these solar installation contractors have completed over 300 residential solar projects in the last 12 months totaling more than 1.2 megawatts!  In addition to the significant qualifications they bring to the Solar Chicago program, the Juhl Renewable Energy Systems/ Microgrid Solar team will also offer financing solutions to homeowners through Admirals Bank.

    Next steps:

    1. Sign up.  If you have not signed up for Solar Chicago, please visit the program website to register.  Once registered, you will be connected with Juhl Energy/Microgrid Solar to schedule your site evaluation and receive a proposal.  Please note that registration does not obligate you moving forward.

    2. Learn more.  Join the program sponsors and the Juhl/Microgrid team to learn about the basics of residential solar and have your questions answered at an upcoming workshop this summer.  Event details can be found on the News page of the program website.  If you are unable to attend, a pre-recorded webinar will also be posted for your review.

    3. Spread the Word.  Solar Chicago pools the purchasing power of groups to make solar more affordable.  More participants means a better deal for you and more clean, reliable solar power for your community. In addition to the standard discounted program pricing, if the group collectively installs a minimum of 100 kilowatts of new solar capacity, the Juhl/Microgrid Solar team will provide each homeowner with an additional cash incentive.  If the group collectively installs more than 400 kilowatts of solar, the incentive rebate will double! It’s that simple.  Solar Chicago’s technical advisors are available to answer any questions you have throughout the program. More participants mean a better deal for you and more, clean, reliable solar power for our community.  Please help us spread the word about Solar Chicago to your co-workers, friends, family and neighbors!  Should you have any questions, please contact


    Marketing Materials

    UIC Recycling Program Marketing Materials

    Anyone who regularly hangs promotional material in campus buildings or residence halls can use the following materials. Keep in mind that we’re all about reducing waste, so try not to print too much!

    Print out this poster to post near a Paper recycling bin. You may also request an already printed poster by calling 6-9817

    Print out this poster to post near a Paper recycling bin. You may also request an already printed poster by calling 6-9817

    Print out this poster to post near a landfill bin. You may also request an already printed poster by calling 6-9817

    Print out this poster to post near a landfill bin. You may also request an already printed poster by calling 6-9817

    Print out this poster to post near a Glass, Metal, Plastic recycling bin. You may also request an already printed poster by calling 6-9817

    Print out this poster to post near a Glass, Metal, Plastic recycling bin. You may also request an already printed poster by calling 6-9817


  • Resources

    Here you will find information about sustainability-related UIC initiatives and programs. Click on the links to find more about each initiative.

    recycle23Recycling & Waste Minimization

    Here, you can find more about how recycling works at UICwhat materials are recyclable, information about donating and receiving free office and laboratories supplies as well as information about our recycling data.

    bikeaActive Transportation

    We have listed information about how can you get to, from, and around campus without using a single-occupancy car such as bicyclingcar pooling, using public transportation, using the UIC Shuttle and Commuter buses, and other sources for car-sharing.


    On this page, you can find out how UIC is reducing energy by becoming more energy efficient and installing solar panels on buildings.

    toolboxTo Green and Beyond Toolkit

    See how you can practice sustainability in the classroom, office, and at home using these simple tools like quizzes, posters, scavenger hunts, and a building campaign.

    map iconMaps

    These maps outline and highlight various aspects of sustainability to help you get around campus.

    building copyGreen Buildings

    Here, you can find out how green building standards have been incorporated into the UIC campus building standards and a formal green building policy is currently being developed.

    sustainability-feeSustainability Fee

    Learn how student fees are being applied to fund small, short-term projects and help subsidize larger, long-term projects on campus.

    SilverwareFood & Water

    Find out how UIC Dining Services is going green by incorporating healthier, more sustainable food options. You will also see projects that reduce UIC’s water usage.

    moleculeGreen Labs

    Did you know that UIC research labs threw away about 70,000 pounds of hazardous waste each year and that the laboratories consume over 5 times the energy as a typical house? Go here to find out how research labs can reduce their environmental impact.

    cameraGreen Campus Tour

    What makes UIC Sustainable besides our LEED-certified buildings? Find out here in this interactive walking tour

    TreeTree Campus USA

    Visit this page to learn how UIC became, and is maintaing its Tree Campus USA status. Tree Campus USA recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their trees, promote student involvement and develop connectivity with the surrounding community through forestry efforts.

    paperGreen Event Guides

    If you are an event host or organizer, please utilize these Guides to gain tips on how to make your event less wasteful and resource intensive.  Simply click on “Guides”, and find the Guide for you.

    volunteerEarth Month

    Since 2008, the Office of Sustainability at UIC has presented a diverse array of fun and educational events during our Earth Month celebration. Scheduled every year during the month of April these activities provide outreach to UIC students, staff and faculty.  To search for scheduled Earth Month events, please check out our calendar of events.

    and other external resources


    These are presentations from past Ecorep trainings: Recycling at UIC Office Max- greener choices for office products Gordon Flesch- copiers and toner recycling Allsteel- sustainability company and product features Food Scrap Composting at UIC

  • 4/3/2014
    Due to popular demand, the 4/3/14 meeting featured a panel on property disposal which included Jeff Weaver, Sr. Assoc. Dir, University Property Accounting and Reporting OBFS, Janet Ayers, Accountant, OBFS, Joe Iosbaker, Office of Sustainability Recycling Coordinator, Kathy Russell, Zone 1 Facilities Manager, and Craig Jackson, Exec. Director, IT LAS.  Please refer to Minutes for detailed notes. Your input on FABweb and the UIC equipment disposal process is important.  Please take this three question survey, at the bottom of the Current Initiatives page, the results of which will be shared with Jeff for planning and training purposes. The 4/3/14 meeting featuring a panel discussion on property disposal which included Jeff Weaver, Sr. Assoc. Dir, University Property Accounting and Reporting OBFS, Janet Ayers, Accountant, OBFS, Joe Iosbaker, Office of Sustainability Recycling Coordinator, Kathy Russell, Zone 1 Facilities Manager, and Craig Jackson, Exec. Director, IT LAS. Their comments are summarized below. Jeff Weaver: Property records are required by state law, University policy, and governmental and financial accounting standards. Equipment is a substantial part of UIC balance sheet- 231,500 Banner records with 25,000 tagged/tracked items added annually. There are audits on equipment conducted nearly all the time, and are a source of recurring audit findings. Units are responsible for disposing of unneeded equipment. His presentation at Bringing Administrators Together, (2014) provides a thorough treatment of the regulations and importance of  timely, accurate property accounting- from acquisition to disposal.   Janet Ayers:  Disposing of Equipment- Use FABweb surplus/disposal form for tracked and un-tracked equipment.  Unneeded equipment CANNOT be given away, thrown away, or sold. FABweb (Automated workflow with Representatives & Approvers) gets easier with experience.  Backup documentation required for: Stolen items, trade-ins, or transfers with researcher. Please contact her for assistance.  Common disposals Issues, which often arise due to staff turnover include: untimely disposal, approvals not completed timely in FABweb, Banner/tracked item submitted as Non-Banner, items put in garbage, data-wiping not completed appropriately, and no record keeping retained in unit. Disposals Best Practices •Consistent process for handling in unit •Separate duties of Representatives & Approvers •Use FABweb “Check Status” functionality to keep process moving •Safeguard equipment throughout process •Use FABweb “save to excel” for file retention •Review recent transactions for completion   Joe Iosbaker: In September, we set a day for east side and a day for west side to collect equipment.  Departments can bring their own items (with proper paperwork completed) for disposal. This year, several departments suggested that the truck be sent to them rather than bringing their hundreds of items to our location. We were able to arrange this. People desire stream liningCords, chargers, cables, keyboards and mice should be boxed together and listed separately from the hard drive or monitor. However, power supplies should remain with laptops. Joe is willing to consult with departments who either have only a few items, or who have their own staff willing to move things to surplus/scrap.   Kathy Russell: Kathy knows the disposal process from both sides.  She encourages departments not to be intimidated by the process, and to tackle those big jobs (ie the rooms full of stuff).  It’s handy to have a binder with all the records and PHOTOS of the equipment/furniture for faster identification.  If you accumulate things for disposal at one time, keep the room organized so you can get at everything easily.   Craig Jackson: Craig suggests that too much procurement is done on p-cards which are not in Banner vs. iBuy. Training for staff turnover rests with the departments.  Perhaps every six months an announcement could go to the department(s) to remind them to make sure the person responsible has been trained.   Craig suggests finding out if a “window” of time for movers to come for the equipment could be made, such as with the cable company.  This would make it easier for staff responsible to be ready.  He also would like to investigate times that, in general, are less busy for the movers to avoid delays in pickups.  A once a year “thank you” breakfast and training for responsible staff could go a long way towards maintaining up to date disposal and recordkeeping. Is it possible to have a “Furniture Day/Week” organized within colleges/large departments to say “here’s the target” for getting rid of stuff.   Suggestions for everyone: Call the Supervisor or Movers at 6-2841 to arrange an estimate Call Joe Iosbaker to consult/strategize- 3-9816 Call Janet for help on FABweb- 6-2858