In 2011, the Board of Trustees approved the UIC Green Fee as an initiative to improve the quality of campus operations, reduce UIC’s environmental impact, and, most importantly, generate awareness about environmental issues by creating opportunities for students’ involvement.
Paid for by all undergraduate, graduate and professional students, the Green Fee will be used to enroll UIC in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Program, which requires UIC to purchase a minimum of 3% of its total electricity purchases from renewable energy sources.
Furthermore, the fee will also be used to fully fund small, short-term projects, as well as subsidizing larger, long-term projects. Project funding from the Green Fee is administered by the Green Fee Advisory Board (GFAB) comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students as well as faculty and staff. GFAB membership is expected to have majority representation by students.