In 2003, a committee was formed to consider mechanisms to reduce energy and other administrative costs. In 2006, an Energy Task Force (ETF) was charged by the University of Illinois President to consider further ways to improve energy efficiency. The work of this ETF resulted in proposals for specific actions to improve energy performance, increase efficiency in production and consumption, and reduce energy costs overall. UIC is working to become a leader in its energy production and conservation efforts. This will require the efforts of all faculty, staff and students. The following policy was approved by Provost R. Michael Tanner and Mark Donovan, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, in November 2010.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to sustainability in all aspects of its mission. It is important that faculty, staff and students make informed decisions to conserve energy, save money, and carry out its teaching, research, and service missions.
UIC seeks to vigorously improve efficiency in our operations which utilize non-renewable resources and contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases. UIC is a complex institution in the makeup of its buildings, operations and organization. Through implementation of this energy policy, the campus will reduce its environmental impact, increase financial and social viability, and create a campus environment where energy efficiency and sustainability are evident. Energy compliance will be achieved by adhering to established guidelines, applicable codes, and standards.
Towards these objectives, UIC has established this energy policy to guide sustainable practices. A series of goals, drawn from the University of Illinois Energy Policy adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 14, 2007, will guide future action and direction.