Sustainability Vision

A sustainable mission and vision for the university.


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The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to environmental sustainability in all aspects of its mission and will challenge itself to consistently perform all of its functions in the most sustainable ways.


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The University of Illinois at Chicago, as part of the local and global community, strives to be a responsible steward of the environment. As such, UIC seeks to minimize its environmental impact both now and in the future; this is consistent with the financial and social viability of the institution and the relevance of its academic programs. Through its academics, research, and operations, UIC will create a campus environment in which sustainable practices and policies are visible and evident to all.

See how our mission relates to UIC’s Mission.


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Housed under the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, the Office of Sustainability forms the focal point for coordinating sustainability initiatives on campus by receiving information, tracking data, and assessing progress. This is accomplished through involvement in institutional and programmatic planning, information dissemination, providing guidance, reporting, and acting as a resource on sustainability in higher education.

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  1. Sustainability is part of our campus culture and enhances our mission of student success, improving public health, and serving the communities of Chicago.
  2. The Office of Sustainability focuses on environmental sustainability with a goal of providing economic and social benefit to the campus community.
  3. We support the commitment of the Chancellor and the work of Administrative Services to meet our climate action and resilience goals, make our operations more efficient, and conserve resources.
  4. We foster partnerships with units across all campus units and functions – teaching, research, and practice – to achieve these goals.
  5. We provide applied learning and research opportunities for students through internships, volunteer opportunities, and special projects.