Tuesday, May 3, 2011

UIC community celebrates Earth Month

By Erin Vogel

Published: Monday, April 18, 2011

Updated: Monday, April 18, 2011 03:04

Shown above are the solar panels on the roof of Lincoln Hall. These panels will save thousands of do

The UIC Office of Sustainability sponsored a Geothermal Presentation and Tour of Lincoln Hall last Wednesday, April 13.

The tour was well-attended with about forty people present. Those in attendance learned the benefits of geothermal technology and how this technology fits into the UIC Climate Action Plan.

The first UIC Climate Action Plan was approved in 2009. The latest version can be viewed through the Office of Sustainability website, at http://www.uic.edu/sustainability/climateactionplan/

Cynthia Klein-Banai, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, explained that UIC's geothermal energy projects on the Chicago and Rockford campuses are "great demonstrations of renewable energy projects that can potentially reduce our emissions, save energy and money."

The tour was just one of many events in a month-long effort to promote April's Earth Month 2011.

According to Banai, the events that make up UIC's Earth Month are a representation of the collaboration of many different people on campus who are interested in promoting sustainability and environmental awareness on campus.

Faculty, staff and students from several colleges and academic departments have shown their support and involvement in UIC's Earth Month events.

Organizations such as Student Affairs, Jane Addams Hull House, the student centers board, Green Youth Revolution, the Environmental Protection Agency on campus, the UI Medical Center and the Academic Professional Advisory Committee (APAC) have been involved in the planning and execution of many of these events as well.

"This is an example of how individuals working across campus toward a single goal of acting to reduce our environmental footprint can work and shows how we could move forward as a campus in great ways to implement sustainability," said Klein-Banai.

Some of the month's significant events so far have included Dr. Crabtree's University of Common Sense, panels co-sponsored by APAC about cutting commuting costs, and the UIMC Green Healthcare Fair, where the public learned about green initiatives at the UI Medical Center.

Banai also cited Professor Krishna Reddy's research on the effect of the systems on sub-surface temperatures as "a great example of how we can use our campus as a learning laboratory for environmentally sustainable solutions."

The Office of Sustainability will sponsor another tour next Thursday, April 28. In conjunction with Thursday's Car Free Day, students and faculty are encouraged to join in on an hour-long Historical Campus Bike Tour.

Jason Waak, assistant director of the Office of the UIC Historian, will lead the tour.

UIC's Earth Month 2011 will continue until the end of April with events like UIC Cares Day this Tuesday, April 19, and Earth Day Ecojamapalooza on Friday, April 22, which will feature UIC's student environmental groups along with music and other activities.

For a complete calendar of events, visit http://www.uic.edu/sustainability/events/EM2011_Calendar.pdf

Article found at: http://www.chicagoflame.com/news/uic-community-celebrates-earth-month-1.2180997

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