UIC reports our progress to a variety of external and internal reporting agencies. AASHE STARS (see below) combines some of that reporting to the Sierra Club and Princeton Review (where we are one of the 322 Green Colleges).

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.

State of Sustainability Report

These are updates form the Office of Sustainability given to the university

UIC State of Sustainability 2012 [PDF]

UIC State of Sustainability 2013 [PDF]

UIC State of Sustainability 2014 [PDF]

Climate Action Plan Update

UIC CAP Scorecard 2014 [PDF]

Sustainable Strategic Thinking Report

To Green and Beyond: Excellence Through Sustainability at UIC [PDF]


Green Governments Coordinating Council

illinois green governments coordinating council The Green Governments Coordinating Council 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 the 2013 report, UIC has many highlights to share under various accomplishment categories:

Recycling & Waste Reduction

The University of Illinois at Chicago participated in Recyclemania and improved over previous performance—from eighth place to sixth, recycling 823,554 pounds of material. The urban campus also placed 21st out of 246 universities for paper recycling, aided by a grant to expand recycling collection and install desk-side recycling bins.

Energy, Landscaping & the Built Environment

In 2013, the University of Illinois at Chicago planted an Urban Heritage Garden. Located on campus, the garden serves as a welcoming green space as well as an educational space, challenging students to consider the quality of life issues central to urbanization. The garden provides students and faculty with hands-on horticulture opportunities that emphasize public space and native planting.


The University of Illinois at Chicago has embraced bicycle commuting as a sustainable transit option and established aBike Planning Committee to steer commuter initiatives and invest in infrastructure. Bicycling is only one part of UIC’smulti-modal approach to student and faculty transit. CMAP awarded UIC with a grant to develop a multi- modal transit plan to connect the community with the wide-range of urban transit options. In conjunction with this, new employees learn about sustainable transit options throughout Chicago during orientation.

Click to see the full Green Governments Coordinating Council annual report.



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.

2009 UIC STARS Pilot original
2010 UIC  STARS 2010 V1.0 Bronze
2014 UIC STARS 2014 V2.0 Silver

In 2013, the UIC Heritage Garden was featured in the STARS Annual Report! View the latest STARS annual reports.