Carbon Neutral Campus

students walking a bike through the quad with UH in the background

UIC will strive to achieve carbon neutrality with net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through reducing and offsetting emissions related to operations and travel.

UIC pledges to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. UIC will be a carbon neutral campus once the amount of carbon the university emits through its operations, purchased electricity, and travel is reduced or offset entirely. UIC’s GHG emissions are publicly reported on Second Nature’s Climate Commitment website.

 

Aspirational Goals

1A. Reduce Building Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions – Reduce building GHG emissions related to building operation by 8,500 metric tons CO2 equivalent (mtCO2e) per year over the next five years.

1B. Invest in Renewable Energy – Purchase renewable energy through a long-term power purchase agreement. Integrate solar power electricity generation into campus structures, such as roofs, parking lots and structures.

1C. Utilize Parking Lots and Structures – Use parking lots and structures as an environmental asset to generate and save energy.

1D. Enhance Existing Power Generation – Optimize use of on-site cogeneration to maximize efficiency.

1E. Increase Alternative Transportation – Eliminate barriers to alternative modes for intracampus travel and commuting.