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Cynthia Klein-Banai, Ph.D.

Associate Chancellor for Sustainability

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


150 PSB


1140 S. Paulina Street


Office Phone Voice:

(312) 996-3968


Cindy founded the Office of Sustainability where her team promotes sustainability as part of our campus culture and enhances UIC’s mission of student success, improving public health, and serving the communities of Chicago.

Recently, she guided the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy to develop the UIC Climate Commitments and the Climate Action Implementation Plan. The Office focuses on environmental sustainability with a goal of providing economic and social benefit to the campus community. The Office provides applied learning and research opportunities for students through internships, volunteer opportunities, and special projects.

Cindy is the Office of Sustainability liaison to both the Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy's Teaching and Learning subcommittee and the Energy and Utilities subcommittee. 

Selected Publications

Khan, S., Klein-Banai, C and Yoshida, K. Restroom Water Reduction Potential at an Urban University, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 9:6, pp. 295-304, 2016.

Klein-Banai, C. “Energy Networks: How do we power a city?” in Remaking the Urban Social Contract: Health, Energy, and the Environment, ed. Michael A. Pagano, University of Illinois Press, Chicago, pp. 166-173, 2016

Klein-Banai, C. and T.L. Theis, T.L., Factors Affecting Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Institutions of Higher Education, Journal of Cleaner Production, 48:29-38, 2013.

Klein-Banai, C. Contributed multiple chapters in Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation Theis, T. and Tomkin, J., Eds., 2011.

Professional Leadership

Board of Directors, AASHE


B.A., Biology, Washington University, St. Louis 
M.S., Environmental Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Ph.D., Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago