- UIC’s most successful Earth Month celebration took place in April. Highlights include: the Medical Center’s first Earth Day celebration on the west side; a visit from Governor Pat Quinn to the Ecojamapalooza on the east side; a talk about Population, Women and Water; and a visit from Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu to discuss sustainability and public diplomacy.
- UIC’s recycling rate reached 40% in 2010 (nearly double from 2008), while waste bound for landfill decreased by 900 tons. Grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity funded expansion of the UIC Recycling Program into more buildings on campus.
- Lincoln Hall, UIC’s first LEED-certified building, earned Gold certification when Silver was expected.
- UIC offered its first Caterpillar Sustainability Scholarship, awarding $1000 to current undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need, a commitment to studying sustainability, and conduct sustainability service projects. Congratulations to the winners: Christian Aponte, Marvin Harris, Nicollette Rodriguez, and Raguez Taha.
- Four buildings at UIC now have green roofs installed. Publicly accessible green roofs were installed on EPASW and BSB this year (AA and JST already had green roofs installed). Read more athttp://bit.ly/cL3l25.
- Electricity, chilled water, hot water/steam metering has been completed for 23 buildings, and lighting retrofits continue to reduce electricity costs. Stay tuned for a future update with more details.
- The UIC Shuttle Tracker, a project of the BITS lab, came online at http://bus.uic.edu.
- UIC established an energy policy, laying out goals and guidelines to lower energy consumption on campus. View it at http://sustainability.uic.edu/
- George Crabtree, UIC Distinguished Professor of Physics, Special Advisor on Energy, and Argonne National Laboratory Senior Scientist, gave a lecture titled "The Sustainable Energy Challenge," as part of the Chancellor's Lecture Series.
The Office of Sustainability is looking forward to promoting and participating in UIC's further progress in Climate Action this year!
What would you like to see happen this year?