Chicagoland Network for Sustainability in Higher Education (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. 

Colleges and universities approach sustainability as educators, researchers, campus operators, and community stakeholders. Over the past several years, institutions of higher education have increasingly seen the value of establishing offices of sustainability to provide leadership and cohesion to this broad range of roles. According to AASHE’s 2012 sustainability staffing survey, 67 percent of 2012 respondents noted that their position was housed within a sustainability office, compared to 23 percent in 2010.
CNSHE provides a critical venue for sustainability staff in this relatively young field to work directly with their regional peers. CNSHE formed in 2009 as part of the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program’s campus climate action initiative. NWF Campus Ecology regional field staff convenes the sustainability representatives of Chicago-land area institutions of higher education on a quarterly basis to share best practices and identify partnership opportunities.
Together, CNSHE has supported sustainability initiatives, workshops, and topics including the following areas of focus: composting, green building, recycling, energy conservation, and bicycling.

CNSHE food report

Read more about CNSHE’s Local and Sustainable Food Report.


CNSHE also organizes Chicagoland Bike 2Campus week every year at the end of April.


The network includes 14 public and private four-year institutions and community colleges including:

City Colleges of Chicago
Columbia College Chicago
Dominican University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Loyola University Chicago
Moraine Valley Community College
North Central College
Northern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Roosevelt University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Triton College
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago

With great support from:
National Wildlife Federation- Campus Ecology