Sustainability Fee

The Sustainability Fee is a student-led initiative to improve the quality of campus operations, reduce UIC’s environmental impact, and generate awareness about environmental and sustainable issues by creating opportunities for students’ involvement.

Paid for by all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the Sustainability Fee is a $3 per semester fee.  The Sustainability Fee funds small, short-term projects and helps to subsidize larger, long-term projects on campus. Funding from this fee is administered by the Sustainability Fee Advisory Board (SFAB). SFAB is a board comprised of students , staff, and faculty that meets bi-monthly during the academic year. Interested in being on the board?  Contact


freshwater lab students sit on a chair constructed entirely out of reclaimed plastic water bottles

Approximately $120,000  is available per academic year to fund proposals that aid in establishing a sustainable campus environment by expanding such areas as composting, landscaping, and transportation initiatives while also reducing waste and conserving resources.  Funding proposals must address the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, social equity, and economic benefit – and align with one or more of UIC’s Climate Commitments.

Sustainability Internship Program interns at the Spring 2016 poster presentation


All UIC undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and registered student organizations are eligible to apply. If needed, the SFAB will help provide access to campus resources and personnel to approve projects. SFAB can also suggest other entities that may provide funding or assistance.


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For project proposals over $5000, students must submit a Letter of Inquiry before submitting a final proposal. The Letter of Inquiry allows the committee to prescreen proposals for appropriateness and feasibility. Once approved, students will be required to submit a final proposal.

For projects under $5000, students can submit their final proposal at any point during the academic year.  Have an idea for a project, but unsure of the feasibility?  Submit an internship proposal to create your own internship.

The Sustainability Fee Advisory Board meets twice a semester to approve projects. Students will be notified after these meetings (mid and end of the semester) if their project is approved.


Questions, comments, or need help thinking of a potential project?  Contact Sarah Koning.

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