Commitments, Plans, Reports, & Memberships

Each Year as part of binding agreements and to show accountability to the compact, the Office of Sustainability puts out annual reports on the status of sustainability at UIC.  Here, you will find both those reports as well as the binding agreements we adhere to. Click on the links to learn more.

UIC Commitments

Since 2007, UIC’s Chancellors have signed on to commitments that require the administration to make our campus greener and reduce its environmental impact.

American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

AMERICAN COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS CLIMATE COMMITMENT

On September 14, 2007, UIC became an inaugural signatory to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment when Chancellor Sylvia Manning signed on. As of early 2014, 679 colleges and universities have made this commitment to initiating the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible and to initiative two or more tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gases while the more comprehensive plan is being developed. UIC has set a goal of reaching Climate Neutrality by 2050. Our Climate Action Plan describes strategies for getting there. Our Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy monitors the progress and develops new recommendations.

AASHE provides individual progress reports on all participating campuses, including UIC.

Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact

ILLINOIS CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY COMPACT

The Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact is a multi-tiered environmental leadership program for Illinois universities and colleges that are interested in incorporating sustainable policies and practices throughout their campus operations, in addition to academic, student life and community engagement activities.   In 2011, UIC pledged to achieve Gold level recognition “for institutions that are integrating sustainability throughout their campus and working towards measured improvement” and subseqnently achieved it.   See which campuses in Illinois have done this here.

See also in UIC News.

Talloires Declaration

TALLOIRES DECLARATION

During Earth Month (April) 2009, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares signed the Talloires Declaration which is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.

We are among over 400 Signatories from 50 Countries. See the photo in UIC News.

Plans

UIC constantly works on plans to better our future. Click on the plan title to be directed to learn more.

Climate Action Plan (UIC)

UIC Climate Action Plan

CAP CoverAs part of its commitment as a signatory to the ACUPCC, UIC has to develop and initiate a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible. UIC’s Climate Action Plan is a list of list of strategies, goals and actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Policy and Plan

Energy Policy

Through implementation of this energy policy, the campus will reduce its environmental impact, increase financial and social viability, and create a campus environment where energy efficiency and sustainability are evident. Towards these objectives, UIC has established this energy policy to guide sustainable practices. A series of goals, drawn from the University of Illinois Energy Policy adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 14, 2007, will guide future action and direction.

Multimodal Plan

Multimodal Plan

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program and the Active Transportation Alliance  helped UIC embark on an interactive, community-based process to create a multimodal transportation plan. Click on the links below to view the entire plan. High resolution PDF (77 MB) Low resolution PDF (11 MB)

Tree Care Plan

Tree Care Plan

The Tree Care plan sets of policies and procedures for management of the campus forest at UIC. The specific objectives laid out aim to maximize the health and benefits of both individual trees and the forest as a whole.

Sustainability Strategic Thinking
ACCORDION Sustainability Strategic Thinking CONTENT

Reports

Annual Campus Sustainability Reports

Annual Campus Sustainability Reports

Each year, as part of binding agreements made by the University, the Office of Sustainability publishes reports that document UIC’s progress towards sustainability.

Green Governments Coordinating Council Reports

Green Governments Coordinating Council Report

This annual report highlights green initiatives and sustainability successes achieved by Council member agencies and by other constitutional offices, state agencies, boards, commissions, and educational institutions throughout Illinois. In 2013, UIC was highlighted for various achievements.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System

AASHE STARS

STARS Silver logoThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is a voluntary, self-reporting framework for gauging relative progress toward sustainability for colleges and universities. UIC was one of 90 pilot test sites for STARS that was developed through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). View the latest STARS annual reports.

YEAR SUBMISSION STARS VERSION RECOGNITION
2009 UIC STARS Pilot original
2010 UIC  STARS 2010 V1.0 Bronze
2014 UIC STARS 2014 V2.0 Silver

 

Memberships

UIC is active in various sustainability memberships both locally and nationally.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

AASHE

UIC belongs to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. AASHE is a membership-based organization of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education. In 2013, the UIC Heritage Garden was featured in the AASHE Higher Education Sustainability Review!

Chicagoland Network of Sustainability in Higher Education Chicago Sustainability Task Force

CNSHE

UIC belongs to the Chicagoland Network for Sustainability in Higher Education (CNSHE); a network of higher education institutions working to advance sustainability and accelerate climate action.  CNSHE does such by working with students, staff and faculty to share best practices and by collaborating to achieve institutional and common goals which benefit the region and society at-large.

Chicago Sustainability Task Force

Chicago Sustainability Task Force

UIC is proud to help the City of Chicago reach its sustainability goals through meetings with large facility operators, event organizers & their stakeholders that take action to improve operational sustainability and environmental awareness in Chicago.