UIC Commitments

From international to national to state, UIC is signatory to several binding agreements to advance sustainability at our university.


During Earth Month (April) 2009, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares signed the Talloires Declaration which is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.

We are among over 400 Signatories from 50 Countries. See the photo in UIC News.


SecondNature_Climate_BlueUIC 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.


2014-govs-awardsThe 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 subsequently achieved it.

UIC is recognized at the Gold level by achieving the following:

Creating opportunities for students and faculty to provide suggestions for advancing sustainability on campus. Creating a web site that highlights the institution’s sustainability programs with the purpose of increasing awareness and generating interest. Designating a focal point to lead and/or coordinate sustainability efforts across the campus: steering committee, task force, sustainability office or dedicated staff.
Endorsing a written statement, declaration or policy acknowledging support for sustainability. Fostering student involvement on steering committees or advisory councils that guide administration on issues of campus sustainability. Setting measurable sustainability objectives or targets and include a timeframe for meeting the objectives.
Establishing a system to monitor and assess the progress of campus sustainability projects and goals and at least once a year, holding an event on campus that encourages students to adopt or try a sustainability practice(s). Adopting a policy or guidelines that commit to a specific green building rating system for new construction and major renovation. On an annual basis, notifing the campus community of progress toward achieving the institution’s sustainability goals.
Establishing mechanisms and incentives that encourage integration of sustainability themes and topics into existing curricula through learning outcomes, course objectives and student assignments. Participating in at least one national or international program that recognizes and encourages progress towards sustainability in higher education. Integrating sustainability broadly into campus operations and management by developing a sustainability plan that covers multiple topics and issues and including sustainability as a key principle in the campus master plan.

See which campuses in Illinois have done this here.

See also in UIC News.