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Turning Green into Green

Carbon offsets are created through projects that either trap or prevent greenhouse gases from reaching the atmosphere. One way to completely neutralize the impacts on the climate. We can start it by doing at home and switching to energy efficient.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), According to Dr. Cynthia Klein-Banai, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, Douglas Hall (LEED Certified Buildings) one of the campus building to form a partnership that demonstrates the environmental and economic value of green buildings and to tap into funding for Sustainability Internship Program that provides economic and social benefit for the students. The campus committed to the reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. These include energy efficiency, on and off-site renewable energy, advancing active transportation, and diverting materials from the landfill through recycling and composting. The campus received recognition of these and other sustainability efforts by receiving a Silver Rating in the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking and Rating System.


Douglas Hall technologies provide reductions arise from the energy efficiency. This building uses renewable energy sources derived from 245 rooftop solar photovoltaic panels and geothermal ground source heating and cooling. With these highly efficient lighting and daylighting, occupancy detectors, a heat recovery wheel, efficient windows, and a heat load-detection system exceed the energy code at time of construction by 27%.


University of Illinois at Chicago is proud to be joining five other schools who are announcing their participation in the program during the recognition of Campus Sustainability Day. Those other schools are Spelman College, Atlanta, Boston University, MA, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI, and Portland State University, OR.


University of Illinois at Chicago faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world as a symbol of commitment for a Great City. University of Illinois at Chicago ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center.


In January 2008 the Office of Sustainability was established, forms the focal point for coordinating sustainability initiatives on campus by receiving information, tracking data, and assessing progress. This is accomplished through involvement in institutional and programmatic planning, information dissemination, providing guidance, reportingHealth Fitness Articles, and acting as a resource on sustainability in higher .

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