Policies & Reports

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 Climate Action Plan

As 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.


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.


UIC also 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

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.

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.

Energy Policy

UIC seeks to vigorously improve efficiency in our operations which utilize non-renewable resources and contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases. 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.

Read more about UIC’s Energy Policy Goals & Energy Initiatives & Projects


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 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.