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Cynthia Klein-Banai, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Sustainability

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


Building & Room:

150C PSB


1140 S. Paulina Street

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3968



Cindy founded the Office of Sustainability 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.

Recently, she guided the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy to develop the UIC Climate Commitments and the Climate Action Implementation Plan. The Office focuses on environmental sustainability with a goal of providing economic and social benefit to the campus community. The Office provides applied learning and research opportunities for students through internships, volunteer opportunities, and special projects.

Cindy is the Office of Sustainability liaison to both the Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy's Teaching and Learning subcommittee and the Energy and Utilities subcommittee. 

Selected Publications

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