Monthly archives: March, 2016

Sustainability Internship: Recycling

The Office of Sustainability is seeking an undergraduate student intern to assist with the UIC Recycling Program. The intern will work with Office of Sustainability staff, Physical Plant and other UIC departments to assist with ongoing recycling efforts.


Duties would include:

  • Generating an awareness of and promoting campus recycling and conservation programs
  • Monitoring location, condition and signage for recycling bins
  • Installation and placement of bins and signage in existing and new locations
  • Maintaining records on recycled materials
  • Understanding barriers to recycling at UIC such as analyzing recycling behavior data and determining the end-of-life destination for commonly recycled items at UIC
  • Creating a game plan how to effectively communicate recycling at UIC and increase participation in the recycling program


The ideal candidate will have:

  • a passion for recycling
  • excellent communication skills; strong interpersonal communication
  • proficiency with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.
  • good organizational skills
  • excellent attention for detail
  • familiarity with UIC departments and buildings
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel
  • familiarity with Adobe Creative suite is a plus
  • ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Illinois Driver’s license is a plus

The UIC Recycling Intern will be a member of the Sustainability Intern Cohort.  The Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) is a new initiative through the Office of Sustainability that offers hands-on learning experiences that help achieve the overall mission of greater social, economic and environmental sustainability in the campus community. The program consists of weekly seminars and field outings on a range of educational and skill building topics including: environmental and energy sustainability issues, cultural sustainability issues, institutional challenges and change management, campus structure and administration, campus sustainability programs and job readiness. The SIP requirements include: meeting weekly work plan goals, frequent meetings with project supervisor, attendance at weekly seminars and outings, blog posts and a final poster presentation.

This paid position is 15 hrs/week during the summer

Interns talk about how UIC can get to Zero Waste

UIC undergrads in the Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) are faced with a pile of trash at one of their recent classes. These are all items that enter UIC’s materials economy and it is up to the Office of Sustainability to figure out how to discard them – avoiding landfill at all costs. But how do you eliminate ubiquitous items like plastic bags, coffee cups and other single-use items? SIP interns have an idea. See their social media posts on Twitter and Instagram.

Pavilion needs to start thinking about the materials they use because right now, most of the materials aren’t recyclable.  @Hyakkos1

UIC should start a Composting Club. We throw away a lot of disposable gloves, and latex is 100% biodegradable. #uic #zerowaste @AgataC