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Cynthia Klein-Banai, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Sustainability

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers


Building & Room:

150C PSB


1140 S. Paulina Street

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3968



Cindy founded the Office of Sustainability in 2008, now part of the Office of Planning, Sustainability, and Project Management, where her team promotes sustainability as part of our campus culture and enhances UIC’s mission of student success, improving public health, and serving the communities of Chicago.

She has helped advanced sustainable infrastructure at UIC through energy efficiency, renewable energy, grounds, water and stormwater management, waste and recycling, and transportation initiatives. She developed the UIC Sustainability Internship Program that has provided over 250 students hands-on learning in solving sustainability problems. Dr. Klein-Banai has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment within the School of Public Health. She is a Certified Educational Facilities Manager.

Cindy is the Sustainability liaison to the Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy's Energy and Utilities subcommittee.

Selected Publications

Vargas, J.Y. and Klein-Banai, C. Case Study: Guide to Estimating Multi-Modal Commuting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 13:3, June 2020.

Ning Ai, Marc Kjerland, Cynthia Klein-Banai, Thomas L. Theis. (2019). “Sustainability Assessment of Universities as Small-Scale Urban Systems: A Comparative Analysis Using Fisher Information and Data Envelopment Analysis.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 212: 1357-1367.

Shahwaar Khan, Joanne Moliski, Kate Yoshida, and Cynthia Klein-Banai. (2016). “Restroom Water Reduction Potential at an Urban UniversitySustainability: The Journal of Record, 295-304.

Cynthia Klein-Banai (2016). “Energy Networks: How do we power a city?” in Remaking the Urban Social Contract: Health, Energy, and the Environment, ed. Michael A. Pagano, University of Illinois Press, Chicago, 166-173.

Cynthia Klein-Banai and Thomas L. Theis (2013). “Quantitative analysis of factors affecting greenhouse gas emissions at institutions of higher education.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 48: 29-38.

Thomas L. Theis and Jonathan Tomkin, Eds. (2012). Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation. (Cynthia Klein Banai, Contributing Author.)  University of Illinois Open Source Textbook Initiative.

Cynthia Klein-Banai and Thomas L. Theis (2011). “An Urban University’s Ecological Footprint and the Effect of Climate Change”, Ecological Indicators, 11 (3): 857-860.

Cynthia Klein-Banai and Thomas L. Theis, Thomas A. Brecheisen, and Alona Banai (2010). “A Greenhouse Gas Inventory as a Measure of Sustainability for an Urban Public Research University”, Environmental Practice, 12 (1): 35-47.

Professional Leadership

Board of Directors, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education


B.A., Biology, Washington University, St. Louis 
M.S., Environmental Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Ph.D., Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago