From international to national to state, UIC is signatory to several binding agreements to advance sustainability. We also report our progress to a variety of 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).
UIC has been a leader of the sustainability movement in higher education since becoming an inaugural signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. UIC is among the first of a group of universities to sign Second Nature’s newly integrated Climate Commitment, an expansion of the ACUPCC which was launched in 2015 and includes helping the Chicago region become more resilient to a changing climate.
These new UIC Climate Commitments 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.
See also in UIC News.
UIC was one of 90 pilot test sites for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) that was developed through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS is a voluntary, self-reporting framework for gauging relative progress toward sustainability for colleges and universities.
In 2009, we wrote up a report of our pilot submission.
In 2010, we received Bronze Level recognition for our participation. See a description of the results of the 2010 submission.
In 2014, we received Silver Level recognition under the much more demanding STARS V2.0. See a description of the results of the 2014 submission.