Academic initiatives related to environmental research and sustainability at the University of Chicago span a wide range of departments and programs. More information about these and other initiatives can be found under the Environmental Research and Environmental Education tabs. The Provost's Office works to develop and support academic priorities related to environmental research and sustainability initiatives in collaboration with the University community, The Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Office of Sustainability.
The Office of Sustainability staff collaborates with campus and community partners to enhance a culture of sustainability using data-driven, yet relationship-based approach that connects students, faculty, and staff into a cohesive University-Wide network. Our philosophy is to achieve balance between environmental, social, and economic sustainability in all decisions. By maintaining a comprehensive Sustainability Plan, we integrate responsible practices and considerations across the University of Chicago. The Office of Sustainability, within Facilities Services, falls under the leadership of Sumit Ray, P.E., executive director, energy management and strategic initiatives.