Climate Action Plan
As part of its commitment as a signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, UIC has to develop and initiate a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible. This plan, UIC’s Climate Action Plan, is a list of list of strategies, goals and actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The UIC Climate Action Plan is a strategic document that outlines specific mitigation strategies to reduce UIC’s greenhouse gas emissions from 2004 levels by 40% in 2030 and by at least 80% in 2050, without accounting for offsets. This long-term plan will be evolving and will require updates based upon available technologies, new regulations and political administrations, the economy, behavioral changes and institutional factors.
Scientists, leaders, politicians, businesses and communities recognize that climate change is one of the most serious issues facing the planet today. Former Mayor, Richard M. Daley has made a commitment to enhance the environment and make Chicago the most environmentally friendly city in nation. To do this the city must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and UIC, an institution that aspires to be the nation’s premier urban public research university and has a Great Cities Commitment, is committed to do so as well.
UIC specific mitigation strategies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions include:
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation
- Clean and Renewable Energy Sources
- Improved Transportation Options
- Improved Grounds Operations
- Recycling and Reduced Waste Streams
- Employment Strategies
The UIC Climate Action Plan also discusses the importance of education, research and public engagement in order for UIC to be a responsible steward of the environment through its operations, academics and research.
The UIC Climate Action Plan may outline strategies but unless these actions are implemented, UIC’s greenhouse gas emissions will remain the same or more likely increase over time. The success of the UIC CAP depends on the individual actions of its faculty, staff and students. The UIC CAP provides the opportunity to use the campus as a laboratory, an educational tool for UIC faculty, students and staff.