Sustainability Fee 2017-2018 Annual Report

Bee Keeper holds a small frame with honey bees

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

Circular representation of the 4 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

2017-2018

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

 

Water Faucet Updates

Fall 2017

This project will install faucet aerators in bathrooms around East Campus. Each aerator is inexpensive but will reduce water usage by approximately 55% per facet.

Student

Kathleen Lam/EcoCampus

Location

East campus bathrooms

Budget

$6,120

 

Green Wall

Fall 2017

The Urban Planning and Policy Student Association’s project requested a green wall. The incorporation of a green wall into this space will add color, light and energy to a relatively dark basement space with limited natural light.

Student Group

UPPSA

Advisors

CUPPA/Dean’s Office

Locations

Basement of CUPPA Hall

Budget

$15,000

 

Food Recovery Internship

Fall 2017

The intern is responsible for researching best practice, creating and expanding linkages between campus food waste generators and food distributing non-profits, coordinating with the Food Recovery Network, volunteers, and implementation of the designed program.

Student

Thomas Strauss

Advisor

Joe Iosbaker, Office of Sustainability

Location

UIC Hospital

Budget

$6,300

 

Urban Agriculture Internship

Fall 2017

This internship (Project Green Flame) consists of two parts: 1. The planning and development of an urban garden at the UIC Greenhouse.  2. The development of an Urban Agriculture curriculum.

Student

LaShawn Evans

Advisor

Chris Miller, College of Education

Location

UIC Greenhouse

Budget

$5,000

 

College of Pharmacy Recycling Bins

Fall 2017

This project installs seven new recycling bins on each floor of the College of Medicine.

Student

Benish Alam

Advisor

Dale Rush, Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs

Location

Building 924, College of Pharmacy

Budget

$2,000

 

Paper Reduction Internship

Spring 2018

The student intern will create surveys, analyze data, and help to create an environment on campus where students, staff, and faculty reduce their printing.

Student

Madelyn Wilson

Advisor

Joe Iosbaker, Office of Sustainability

Budget

$2,000

 

House of Bees Internship

Spring 2018

This internship introduces four bees hives to the campus environment.  The hives can be found at the UIC Green House.  Additionally, the intern will collect honey data from the four hives. Read more about Armando’s work in the Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan.

Student

Armando Ponce

Advisor

Matthew Frazel, Greenhouse

Location

UIC Green House

Budget

$4,000

 

Terracycle Writing Instrument Recycling

Spring 2018

This project helps to expand a 2016 proposal to 16 locations around campus.  The funding will be used to purchase boxes and labels from Terracycle to ship writing instruments that need be recycled.

Student

Carolina Gallo

Advisor

Joe Iosbaker, Office of Sustainability

Location

Office of Sustainability

Budget

$4,000

 

Bidet Implementation Internship

Spring 2018

The internship project will be composed of two parts: research, which will consist of the analytical data relating to the utilization of toilet-water, toilet paper and industrial bidet systems. The second part  will focus on solving the social barriers associated with the project implementation. A final research report will be presented to administration for implementation approval.

Student

Aly ElBanna & Miguel Perez

Advisor

Sarah Koning, Office of Sustainability

Location

East campus bathrooms

Budget

$9,000

 

Wind Turbines on ERF

Spring 2018

This project will upgrade the four light fixtures in front of ERF to include a hybrid wind-solar system on each. These 4 fixtures were identified as good candidates based on fitting major criteria. First, the location experiences abundant sunlight & wind (from preliminary site visit with the vendor). Secondly, this area sees high foot traffic from students, which will expose students to the idea of solar & wind power. These lights will serve to demonstrate effective use of alternative energy to students, and will be able to feed excess energy back into the grid. In the event of continuous lack of sunlight/wind, the lights will be powered by the grid. Such a project will be a good demonstration to the community of UIC’s commitment to sustainability, and a good demonstration to students of the power and applicability of renewable energy sources.

Student

David Klawitter

Advisor

Vy Milunas, Facilities Management

Location

Engineering Research Facility

Budget

$16,300