Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.40
Liaison Cynthia Klein-Banai
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2014
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University of Illinois Chicago
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Cynthia Klein-Banai
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:

A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:

UIC's Climate Action plan along with several reports by sustainability committees are available online to share with other institutions. Staff from the Office of Sustainability have made presentations at campus sustainability conferences such as the Illinois Sustainable Campuses Conference (2008, 2010), and at the AASHE conference (2010, 2011, 2013). We have posted case studies on the NWF Campus Ecology site.

The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:

Green Universities and Colleges Subcommittee of the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council, AASHE, Illinois Student Environmental Coalition, Workers Rights Consortium, Fair Labor Association, Energy Action Coalition, the Chicagoland Network for Sustainability in Higher Education - CNSHE (, the Big 10 Environmental Stewardship group.

A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :

UIC has taken a leadership role in several Chicago-area initiatives including establishing the CNSHE group which branched off into a Bike Group that put together the first Bike2Campus week. Together we published a report on Local and Sustainable Food. We have also been involved in establishing the Chicagoland Higher Education (Energy) Retrofit project. Through the assistance of foundation funding, we have been working collaboratively to advance energy efficiency on campuses in the area - starting with 11 and expanding to nearly 30 in the region.
This spring many of us also put together a pre-conference session on sustainability in higher ed prior to GreenTown, which was hosted at UIC. http://www.greentownconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/GT_Chicago_Campus_Insert.pdf

On the state level, UIC collaborates with all the universities and colleges across Illinois. Regionally the CNSHE group meets quarterly to share best practices and coordinate projects. The Big 10 Environmental Stewardship group meets twice a year to share best practices at large public research universities in the midwest. The Associate Chancellor for Sustainability sits on the Green Universities and Colleges Subcommittee of the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council and is a AASHE STARS Technical Liaison. On a national level, UIC is a member of AASHE and ACUPCC.

The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:

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