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CAIP Portal

The Data Dashboard that visualizes the SMART goals of the CAIP solutions

The Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management (PSPM) 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.

The Climate Action Implementation Plan (CAIP) is a set of solutions that will achieve the Carbon Neutral Campus, Zero Waste Campus, Net-Zero Water Campus, Biodiverse Campus, and Teaching and Learning goals of the UIC Climate Commitments. The CAIP will be supported, developed, invested in, implemented, and reevaluated on a 5-year incremental basis through 2050, with a midterm goal of 2028.

Each solution of the CAIP is measured by a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound) goal. Data is collected each fall for previous fiscal year (FY) and report prepared in early spring. The baseline for the SMART goals is FY2019.

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Graph of UIC's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2004-2020 broken out each year into scope 1, scope 2, scope 3. GHG emissions rose from 2004-2009 (to 375K MTCO2e), then leveled off until 2013, and then slowly decreased to under 300K in 2020. Data can be accessed via Microsoft excel at

This graph illustrates UIC’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions beginning in 2004, the year the university began tracking its emissions. GHG emissions are categorized into three major categories referred to as Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3. (The categories of scopes are detailed in the Business-As-Usual section of the CAIP.)

To get to carbon neutrality by 2050, UIC needs to greatly reduce GHG emissions each year. By 2030, we need to emit no more than 178,000 MTCO2e to be at the 40% reduction target from 2004 levels, which is our mid-term goal. However, given our current trends, we are forecasting to emit 228,000 MTCO2e by 2030.

A detailed, interactive and accessible graph of UIC’s GHG emission data is posted publicly on Second Nature’s website and updated annually.

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