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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Cynthia Klein-Banai
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Illinois at Chicago
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

The Office of Sustainability manages a website that includes information about campus sustainability initiatives including academics, initiatives, community, reports, resources, a calendar of sustainability events on campus and in the community, and a blog/news feed. This website has been operational since 2008.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability sends out a quarterly sustainability e-newsletter 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 newsletter links to articles on the blog.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

While there is no formal process for students to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability, the Office of Sustainability, and UIC in general, offer many options for students to publish/disseminate any type of research be it online, publications, lectures, etc. The Office of Sustainability not only offers ideas and encourages students to embark on research initiatives, but has an online section to publish and disseminate the research. Students can also post to the blog and include research reports.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

UIC's latest building renovation, Lincoln Hall (LEED NC Gold certified), features several signs as well as video footage on monitors that feature its green features. The energy production of the solar system is shown on one monitor (website below) and the building monitor projects slides of the building's green features.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

At the dining halls, the food provider has signs that feature the menu along with it being available online as well.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

The areas that do feature sustainable grounds-keeping strategies have brief descriptions of the plants utilized. (West Campus Prairie Garden).


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

N/A


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

UIC's Commuter Resource Center offers plenty of information on different modes of transportation to and from UIC and Chicago. This includes maps of the CTA and Metra systems, bicycle routes, pedestrian walkways and opportunities for people to carpool. The Office of Sustainability also has compiled transportation resources on its website:
http://www.uic.edu/sustainability/initiatives/transportation/resources.html


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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

N/A


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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
Yes

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

The UIC News paper publishes a monthly column called "Shades of Green" that features sustainability issues from a personal point of view.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

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


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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.