I write today to bring you up to date on our most recent efforts to address climate change and promote a culture of sustainability at UIC. As an early leader of the movement among the nation’s universities to actively reduce our energy footprint, UIC has once again taken the lead as the first of a group of universities to sign Second Nature’s newly integrated Climate Commitment expanded action plan. This new level of commitment extends beyond our existing efforts to support carbon reduction, including a commitment to take steps toward helping the Chicago region become more resilient.
UIC first signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007 as an inaugural signatory.
Through this new Climate Commitment, universities including UIC are actively engaged in building a stronger sustainable work and living ethic while reducing campus emissions of harmful greenhouse gases. UIC will work with the city of Chicago and other campuses and community partners to develop Chicago-specific scenarios and plans to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate.
UIC is proud to once again to be among the academic leaders in the area of clean energy and sustainable practices by putting our innovations into action. Everyone has a part in meeting this commitment through work, research, and teaching. The Office of Sustainability is tasked with providing tools such as the EcoReps program, Green Events Guides, and Green Labs to help you in this work.
Thank you for all your efforts to keep UIC at the forefront of the national university movement towards a sustainable future.