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.
Since 2007, UIC Chancellors have signed on to commitments that require the administration to make our campus greener and reduce its environmental impact.
On September 14, 2007, UIC became an inaugural signatory to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Hundreds colleges and universities have made a commitment to reduce carbon emissions by initiating the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible. Beginning in 2015, UIC signed on to the Climate Commitment, which integrates carbon neutrality and climate resilience. Signatories of any of this commitment constitute the Climate Leadership Network. You can see UIC’s implementation profile here.
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
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.
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UIC constantly works on plans to better our future. Click on the plan title to be directed to learn more.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Each year, as part of binding agreements made by the University, the Office of Sustainability publishes reports that document UIC’s progress towards sustainability.
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.
The 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.
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UIC is active in various sustainability memberships both locally and nationally.
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!
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.
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.