Sustainability Fee 2016-2017 Annual Report

monarch butterfly in the Sustainability Fee-funded Heritage Garden

History of the Sustainability Fee

In 2011, the Board of Trustees approved the UIC Sustainability Fee as an initiative to improve the quality of campus operations, reduce UIC’s environmental impact, and generate awareness about environmental and sustainable issues by creating opportunities for students’ involvement.

Paid for by all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the Sustainability Fee is a $3 per semester fee. The Sustainability Fee funds small, short-term projects, helps to subsidize larger, long-term projects on campus, and funds student travel to sustainability-related conferences.

Sustainability Fee Locations

UIC Climate Commitments

In April 2016, Chancellor Michael Amiridis, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability, announced the UIC Climate Commitments. These commitments are the first step in the Climate Action Implementation Plan and are as follows:

  1.  Carbon Neutral Campus
  2.  ZeroWaste Campus
  3.  Net Zero Water Campus
  4.  Biodiverse Campus

The Sustainability Fee Advisory Board is committed to implementation of the Climate Commitments; starting in the Fall 2016 semester all approved Sustainability Fee projects must align with one or more of the four commitments.

Funded Projects

Heritage Garden

The UIC Heritage Garden is a year-round internship program. Student interns work with faculty, staff, and community members
to connect horticulture with environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social justice within gardens located around campus.

Advisors

Rosa Cabrera, Latino Cultural Center and Lori Baptista, African American Cultural Center

Locations

8 garden locations throughout campus

Budget

$54,000

 

College of Medicine Solar Panels

Up to 5 kW of solar panels will be installed on the 935 building of the College of Medicine. This building is in the process of being renovated for LEED Gold status.

Student Group

College of Medicine students

Advisor

Nick Kane

Location

Building 935

Budget

$26,000

 

Paper Reduction Internship

The student intern for this project gathered printer/printing data to better understand how much paper is being printed in a typical office space. By understanding the excessive amount of printing going on the intern worked on strategies to reduce paper waste in every building at UIC. At the conclusion of this internship, the intern presented her findings to UIC administration.

Student

Allison Izguerra

Advisor

Joe Iosbaker, Office of Sustainability

Location

Office of Sustainability

Budget

$2,000

 

Greener UIC Bathrooms

Working off the research of a previously funded project, Greener UIC Bathrooms will install smart meters and retrofit low-flow toilets in buildings on east campus; once installed a student intern will conduct a cost benefit analysis to determine the financial impacts of implementation of smart meters around campus.

Student

Joanne Moliski

Advisor

Sarah Koning, Office of Sustainability

Location

East campus bathrooms

Budget

$13,500

 

Tree Campus Internship

Working with the Office of Sustainability, this summer student intern organized and maintained Tree Campus initiatives on campus, including organizing the service learning project: UIC Growing Green. The student was also able to heavily update the Tree Care Plan, shaving it down to the essentials and adding in the Climate Commitments. Furthermore, the intern is assessed the need for educational signage on campus.

Student

Margaret O’Connor, pre-Pharmacy

Advisors

Lisa Sanzenbacher, Office of Sustainability

Location

Various locations around campus

Budget

$2,000

Request for additional funding AY 2018-2019

This table shows funding larger/more impactful projects as well as continuing funding of ongoing projects.
This will allow UIC to remain competitive with the University of Illinois system and peer institutions. The average fee for peer institutions is $15 per year.
Year Proposals Submitted Funded Projects
2012 - 2013 12 4
2013 - 2014 12 7
2014 - 2015 14 6
2015 - 2016 26 10
2016 - 2017 30 9