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Seven strategies to help UIC prepare for the future

The Climate Action Implementation Plan (CAIP) is a refined cost-effective portfolio of solutions that will achieve the Carbon Neutral Campus goals of the UIC Climate Commitments  by 2028. The CAIP also addresses the Zero Waste Campus, Net-Zero Water Campus, Biodiverse Campus, and Teaching and Learning goals via a variety of additional strategic solutions that will be supported, developed, invested in, implemented, and reevaluated on a 5-year incremental basis through 2050.

The CAIP was prepared by the Sustainability office in conjunction with the Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy (CCSE) and published by the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.

To review the background and case studies of each of the CAIP solutions, access the 2018 CAIP as a full-color PDF with the original graphs and charts here. You can also access an accessible version of the CAIP beginning here.

CAIP Annual Progress Report (2021) Heading link

Progress by CAIP Strategy. Strategy 1.0: 3 On Track, 1 Data not Available; Strategy 2.0: 3 Not on track; Strategy 3.0: 3 not on track 2 data not available; strategy 4.0: 2 not on track, 3 data not available, Strategy 5.0: 4 on track, 1 not on track, 3 data not available; Strategy 6.0:  4 on track, 4 data not available; Strategy 7.0: 2 on track, 6 data not available

In October 2021, the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Sustainability updated the campus on our progress towards achieving the goals of the CAIP.  Click the links below to access the PDF copy of the presentation and a brief narrative.  The narrative discusses SMART goals, the CCSE restructuring, and a snapshot of all the CAIP goals and whether UIC is on track to meet those goals or not.

Graphs of SMART goals: CAIP Portal

The Strategic Solutions of the CAIP Heading link

CAIP strategy 1.0 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Logo: electrical plug with lightning bolt
STRATEGY 1.0 Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Solutions to implement strategic energy management and to reduce energy demand.
CAIP Strategy 2.0 logo: wind turbine
STRATEGY 2.0 Clean and Renewable Energy Sources
Solutions to procure renewable energy and to utilize thermal alternatives.
CAIP Strategy 3.0 logo: person riding a bicycle
STRATEGY 3.0 Reduced Transportation-Related Emissions
Solutions to reduce commuting and university business travel-related emissions.
CAIP Strategy 4.0 logo: a tree
STRATEGY 4.0 Natural Systems and Ecosystem Services
Solutions to retain and reduce stormwater, reduce water use, and enhance biodiversity.
CAIP STRATEGY 5.0 LOGO: outdoor recycling bin
STRATEGY 5.0 Sustainable Materials and Reduced Waste Streams
Solutions to implement unit-level waste reduction, optimize university-level operations, reduce food waste, and practice sustainable procurement.
CAIP STRATEGY 6.0 logo: profile silhouette icon of a woman with sustainability buzz words in her mind
STRATEGY 6.0 Education and Research
Solutions to develop and enhance sustainability-related curriculums, co-curricular activities, and research.
CAIP strategy 7.0 logo: rain cloud
STRATEGY 7.0 Climate Resilience
Solutions to address the concerns of climate change including those that impact ecosystem services, social equity and governance, health and wellness, sustainable infrastructure, the local economy, and emergency planning.

Download the 2018 Climate Action Implementation Plan (PDF)

Guiding Documents, Principles of the CAIP Heading link