Sustainability Fee 2018-2019 Annual Report

fall plants and sidewalk chalk decorate and enhance the aesthetics of BSB

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 in 2018-2019 was 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.

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

2018-2019

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

Advisors

Rosa Cabrera, Latino Cultural Center

Locations

8 garden locations throughout east side of campus

Budget

$48,000

 

LAS 101 

Fall 2018

Development of a series of sustainable and green infrastructure changes outside of BSB to create an outdoor learning space, increase biodiversity and reduce stormwater.

Advisor

Justin Wier

Location

Adjacent BSB

Budget

$15,000

 

BEEST

Fall 2018

The introduction of the Symposiums on Energy, Environment & Sustainability (SEES), where UIC student-researchers will have the opportunity to present on environment and sustainability.

Student Group

SISE Student Organization

Advisors

Elizabeth Kocs

Location

UIC

Budget

$5,000

 

Green Space

Spring 2019

In conjunction with the Department of Museums and Exhibition Studies, 12 hands-on events will be held in the Greenhouse, covering such topics as plant biology, climate change, and propagation

Student

June Ahn

Location

Plant Research Laboratory (UIC Greenhouse)

Budget

$6,000

 

Interiorscape

Spring 2019

Introduction of native plants to Student Recreation Facility gathering areas and main entrance. The planter will allow for a more aesthetic piece to the main entrance but will, more importantly, be a biodiverse solution – providing live plants to UIC’s urban campus, creating a natural barrier between visitors and windows.

Advisor

Jessica Adkisson, Campus Recreation

Location

Student Recreation Facility

Budget

$4,290

 

Reflux Condenser

Spring 2019

The introduction of water sensors in UIC labs to detect water leaks and limit water usage during water intensive experiments. Reflux condensers are used in the science labs as a way to isolate certain chemicals out of liquids. In order to do that, temperature control is necessary and achieved by sending cold water through a coil in a reflux condenser. This process can last hours to days, with water running constantly while the experiment is happening. Technology exists that drastically limits the need for water in these experiments.

Student

James Byron

Advisor

Joanna Moliski, Office of Sustainability

Location

UIC Labs on east campus

Budget

$2,000

 

Green Infrastructure Monitoring

Spring 2019

The introduction of underground monitors outside Student Center West to monitor stormwater capture on a newly renovated landscaped area (Arthington Mall) with green infrastructures like permeable pavers and rain gardens to reduce stormwater. This data will be visualized using a suite of metrics and graphing techniques and will display in real time the performance of the green infrastructure to the UIC community and greater public.

Student

Nick Haas

Advisor

Sybil Derrible, Civil and Materials Engineering

Budget

$4,900

 

Hydroponic System

Spring 2019

Introduction of hydroponic system into the Plant Research Laboratory on the east side of campus. The versatility of this
systems make them easy to build anywhere. Hydroponic systems run using a set amount of water rather than large quantities and can introduce new plants and fishes to the campus.

Student

Alan Pardo

Advisor

Matthew Frazel, Biologocal Sciences

Location

UIC Green House

Budget

$10,000

 

Project Smile

Spring 2019

The introduction of new recycling stations in the College of Dentistry. These stations include shape and color oriented containers to help students decide how to properly dispose of trash and recyclables.  This project will promote both awareness and habit change to students and patients of the college that do not contemplate where their waste will end up.

Student

Maame Antwi

Advisor

Toni Rouka, Restorative Dentistry

Location

College of Dentistry

Budget

$5,000