Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.32
Liaison Andy Mitchell
Submission Date July 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Illinois Chicago
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

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 have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management sends out a monthly sustainability e-newsletter to a list of over 4,000 subscribers with the intent to inform students, faculty and administrators on the different aspects of sustainability/environmental related news and event happenings at UIC and the community. The Office uses this to send information about relevant sustainability activities on campus and, on occasion, in the region. In most cases this will be 'Greenlights,' a regular newsletter containing upcoming events, announcements to join in campus activities, and job, internship, scholarship, or other opportunities for students, staff, and faculty at UIC.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Lincoln Hall (LEED NC Gold certified), features a lobby sign that describes the workings of the solar panels on top of the building. Grant Hall features a lobby sign that describes the geothermal well energy that heats and cools the building. Douglas Hall (LEED NC Gold certified) also has a monitor at the entrance that, at times, highlights green building features. Mile Square Health Center (LEED NC Gold certified) has a total of 22 signs (either acrylic or vinyl) throughout the building highlighting each sustainable feature including LEED, Sustainable Sites, Clean Water, Water Efficiency, FSC Wood, Energy Savings, Recycled Content and Regional Materials, Low VOC, Daylighting, and encouraging occupants to take the stairs. There is also an informational 10-minute video that runs on a loop describing the connection of LEED buildings, environmental sustainability and patient health and well-being.

There are also 2 permanent outdoor signs to highlight the renewable energy systems of 3 of UIC's classroom buildings. These signs are placed at highly-visible trafficked areas near the features. The pictures and text of the signs are found here: https://sustainability.uic.edu/green-campus/energy/ and the locations and pictures of the signs are found here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1fqIsvE6QQQPn2Wi9n8tTLXplojLk0v0J&usp=sharing

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The UIC Green Map offers students, faculty, and staff a map of featured spaces and places on campus that help reduce the University's carbon footprint. It includes both a geospatial map and descriptive narratives of all the green spaces and places on campus. Green spaces include UIC's LEED certified buildings, solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, green roofs, public transportation options, car-sharing stations, and areas with sustainable food options.

UIC Sustainability also hosts an on-line self guided tour and for a scavenger hunt. Introductory undergraduate classes have utilized this in the past. Finally, there is a 5-minute video tour of UIC's sustainable outdoor features for people that are unable to physically be on campus. This was premiered at the 2020 UIC Orientation.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The guide to green living is both an on-campus and off-campus resource for students to utilize in order to live a sustainable lifestyle. In this guide, students can find tips based on various topics such as, waste, food, transportation, energy, etc. that has on-campus recommendations as well as suggestions within the surrounding communities. By offering this asset, we hope to ensure students can incorporate sustainability in their everyday lives with the right knowledge and materials.


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

The Institute for Environmental Science and Policy publishes a newsletter that features research and other initiatives related to environmental sustainability.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Info for disseminating student research on campus are: http://research.uic.edu/srf
Outdoor Sustainability Tour https://youtu.be/RkK92os4WGE

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