Highlighted projects and initiatives resulting from the Office’s collaboration and research activities are presented here. This list is a brief overview of just a handful of initiatives the Office of Sustainability tackled this year.
Office of Sustainability offers programs and policies to reduce UChicago’s environmental footprint
Plastic Bag ban goes into effect beginning August 1, 2015.
Fresh off the Press: Office of Sustainability streamlines website homepage
Barry O'Quinn rode almost 400 miles in order to become the top Chicago rider for the Bike Commuter Challenge. Click above to learn more about his experience.
The University of Chicago is joining once again in a competition between more than 650 businesses and organizations in order to boost awarenes of the health and environmental benefits of bicycling. Click above to learn more!
Do you live in housing? The Office of Sustainability is bringing E-waste recycling to the dormitories!
Come to the seventh annual EarthFest and learn about the work being done at the Office of Sustainability while trying out some hands-on experiments!
The Office of Sustainability and IT Services have coordinated our recycling efforts to make E-waste recycling easier than ever! Click above to find out how you can recycle your E-waste.
Twelve Chicago Universities are coming together for a friendly bike competition this week. Click above to find out how you can compete and win prizes, including a year-long Divvy membership!
Your diet can help to reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions - so this week, Pledge the VEG!
University of Chicago partners in film festival to raise awareness of climate challenges and opportunities for action.
Do you want to enjoy your Valentine's Day without damaging the environment? The Office of Sustainability explains how.
The Office of Sustainability wants to wish you happy, sustainable holidays - so we brought you some tips to help make your celebrations more green this year!
Winter Break is almost upon us, which means you finally have the opportunity to relax. Have you made sure your electronics do, too?
As of December 1, the Recycles fleet will be hibernating for the winter. The bikes will reappear when the weather outside is less frightful and more bike-delightful.
The Office of Sustainability is pleased to welcome Mike Stopka to the team as its new Director.
The Office of Sustainability partnered with Fourth Ward Ald. William Burns to bring e-waste recycling to the center stage.
How does the sustainability-minded student choose their utensils at gatherings? Freddy explains how.
The University of Chicago joined in a competition between more than 650 businesses and organizations in order to boost awarenes of the health and environmental benefits of bicycling. Click above to learn more!
The sixth annual EarthFest brought together the University community to showcase the work of both students and local businesses in going green and promoting sustainability.
Ten Chicago-area schools are coming together for a friendly cycling competition. Click above to see how you can track your trips and get rewarded for your bike-toting ways. The grand prize is a four year Divvy membership!
It's nearly spring- but maybe you should think twice before you choose your motorcycle over your car. Ignacio tells all.
Time to dust off that helmet and hit the bike lanes- recycles is back for Spring and ready to hit the ground cycling.
Did you sign the pledge? Find out what was trending during VegWeek 2014. Hint: it wasn't meat.
Bill Clinton. Mike Tyson. Betty White. Christian Bale. Carrie Underwood. They’re all famous, and none of them eat meat. This week, we invite you to join their ranks. That’s right ladies and gentlemen - it’s #UChicagoVegWeek 2014!
You’ve taken the Veg Pledge and you’re feeling pretty confident in your grocery store choices. But… how do you know if the food you order in a restaurant is environmentally preferable?
How much carbon does it take to grow a carrot? How much water is embedded in a burger? Sustainability staffer Christy Perera takes a look at the impacts of the foods we eat.
How on Earth do they turn the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day each year? Ignacio let's us know what's up - and whether we should be concerned.
This cold snap has been rough - time to warm up with some cocoa and the Office of Sustainability spring events calendar! We’ve taken full advantage of these long, cold days to plan a fabulous line up of events. We must have done it on an empty stomach, because we are ALL about food this year.
Believe it or not, it’s just about time to select Spring Quarter classes, and as usual, incredible options abound for UChicago students. Click through to see what PGE has to offer!
Maalik Gardner joined the University of Chicago as an intern with the Office of Sustainability in 2012. Click to read about his journey from bike messenger to intern to recycles guru!
It’s that time of year again. Beloved by some, loathed by others. Ignacio helps us keep it sustainable this Valentine’s Day!
We are proud to announce that this year's SAGE Ambassador Committees: Local Food, RSO Roundtable, and Earth Fest 2014! Click to learn more.
A new year means resolutions. Ignacio shows you how to boost your karma by remembering the three "Rs" - in their proper order!
The mercury is dipping and the snow is falling - it may not be December 21st yet, but winter is upon us! The Winter Power Down is a campus-wide initiative to reduce unnecessary energy consumption during University breaks. So before you zip that suitcase, click to learn more about reducing your energy use while you're away.
We’ve added a new member to the Sustainability crew — meet Berkley Rothmeier, our new Engagement Coordinator!
Down and synthetics and wool - oh my! Ignacio walks us through the environmental impacts of our winter wear - and the choices we can make to reduce them.
We've gone even greener and moved into the LEED Gold certified Harper Court building!
Maybe you love your morning cup of joe- but what is it doing to the planet? Ignacio tells how you can make the best java choices.
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a SAGE Czar!! Become the sustainability super hero in your Residential House.
Think your office is green? Can you certify that? Now you can!
Introducing our new website! Check it out today.
Ask and you shall receive. This month Ignacio calms your worries about vines on campus. Are they dangerous or harmless?
Get pumped to ride your bike to work! Chicago's Bike Commuter Challenge is June 8-14.
Octavia Hooks, a recent graduate of the Graham School Leadership in Sustainability Management program and hair salon owner, is on a mission to promote and provide natural hair care services to her local community.
Are natural fibers like cotton actually more sustainable than synthetic fibers like polyester?
You've been selected as a tribute in this year's Climate Games! Climate is our theme for this year's Earth Week activities.
Come one, come all to free electronics recycling
What gets recycled? The truth about what goes into blue bins.
How will climate change affect what we eat?
The Office of Sustainability has created a certification suite to recognize your efforts.
Taking notes? Laptop or paper - what is more sustainable?
Only YOU can prevent bike accidents.
What does 'Green' really mean on a product?
Financial Services plans to reduce production of payroll documents.
SAGE Dining committee hosts Vegweek.
Going somewhere for Spring Break?
Research study to explore local food possibilities
Dining halls feature composting and other projects.
Can love kill? Dun dun dun...
Stay safe on the icy roads - tips from Maalik, our resident bike mechanic.
UChicago's first waste audit reveals that nearly half of our waste is misplaced.
Bears may hibernate in winter, but veggies don't.
The University came together to collect almost 16,000 pounds of e-waste!
recycles bike share is hibernating for the Winter.
Which type of tree is better for Earth?
University-wide e-waste collection coming the week of Nov 12-16
Back on campus and back in action, SAGE ambassadors are making a lean, green UChicago.
The AASHE conference in LA provided great opportunities for the office to learn, network, and share its successes.
What's better: reusing a disposable bottle vs. buying a reuseable bottle?
Learn more about the winning team behind the scenes of sustainability on campus.
Stanford study says, organic food is not more nutritious. Ignacio says, "SO?"
Members of Facilities Services' Grounds Crew visited Washington Park's Perry Street Farm and helped till soil with U of C alum and entrepaneur, Ken Dunn.
Sustainable drinking water options will help to reduce bottled water purchases by 85% since 2010. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle to fill at the water stations, which will be located throughout the Main Quad.
Hundreds of University and community members brought e-waste to the event, from computers and vacuums to DVD players and cell phones.
SAGE Social honors sustainability supporters from across campus and recognizes the integration of sustainability into the University's values.
At a special session with UChicago student groups, Jones advised student activists and shared anecdotes from his own experience.
This free event encourages employees to bike part or all of the way to work at least once during the week of June 9 - 15. UChicago participants will compete for a variety of prizes, including a one-year membership to Zipcar!
Published each year, the guide profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in four areas—their academic offerings, campus facilities, student activities, and career preparation.
More than 300 students, staff, and community members celebrated the annual festival with a photo booth, food trucks, a flash mob, and more!
One man's trash is another man's treasure. What will you recreate during Earth Week this year?
Do you have an old TV sitting in your basement, a box of old cell phones, or some broken computer speakers? Bring these and many other items to one of our campus drop-off locations May 14–18, or our free recycling event on Friday, May 18th. Last year, we recycled over 43,000 pounds!
The Office of Sustainability makes great strides towards reducing the environmental impact of campus operations with support from partners.
New water supplier supports University-wide effort to address environmental impacts of water consumption.
The full report provides a comprehensive review of the results of the University's first greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
University Grounds Crew uses sustainable products to keep paths clear of snow and ice, protecting plants and people.
Through rigorous research, review, and analysis, students create a green certification for the Chicago Green Restaurant Coalition.
The Council discusses the strategic sustainability plan, their vision for the recently revamped advisory body, and projects they would like to work on this year, particularly climate planning.
University staff, faculty, and students recycled over 16,000 pounds of e-waste during the University's weeklong e-waste recycling collection in November.
For the third consecutive year, UChicago powers down electronics during Winter Break to reduce unnecessary energy consumption.
UChicago recognized for grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, including demonstrated sustainable practices and methods.
Do you have old calculators or computer cords stashed in your desk drawer, an old refrigerator, or some broken computer speakers? Bring these and many other items to our campus recycling collection taking place November 7th-11th. Drop off locations include Ratner Athletics Center, Regenstein Library, and Social Service Administration.
Council's role expands to include advising the Office of Sustainability on strategic initiatives, programs, and policies.
Entering its second year of operation, the UChicago bike share program expands fleet and opens program to alumni.UChicago saw a 77% increase in department participation from last year.
University and community members recycled over 43,000 pounds of electronic waste at May event.
First annual SAGE Social celebrates campus sustainability champions and recognizes the growing culture of sustainability on campus.
Moving out of the House System? Through Friday, June 10th, simply drop off unwanted items in your dorm and they'll be donated to the Salvation Army.
Challenge your department to participate in Bike to Work Week, June 11th -17th!
A case study of the Young Memorial Building renovation project: How a seven-month long project breathed new life into an old building, making it a happier, healthier, and more sustainable place to work.
Do you have an old TV sitting in your basement, a box of old cell phones, or some broken computer speakers? Bring these and many other items to our free recycling event on Friday, May 13th in the Kimbark Gravel Lot (located between 60th and 61st on Kimbark Ave.) between 8am – 1pm. Last year, we recycled over 20,000 pounds!
This year's theme was Food: You are what you eat. Do you know what you are? Playing off the horror flick "Children of the Corn," we highlighted the prevalence of corn in our food.
The University receives Honorable Mention in the first-ever Bicycle Friendly University designation.
When students return from Winter Break, they will be greeted with a new-and-improved recycling system in the House System. Beginning January 2, 2011, all recyclable items may be deposited into any recycling container on campus or in the dorms.
Effective immediately, the University policy requires that all new campus and medical center buildings over $5 million be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Julie Huang ’12 and Claire Feinberg ’12 have used money awarded to them by the Uncommon Fund to a very trashy end. The two friends are committed to bringing composting practices, already in the residential dining halls, to the student body.
A case study of how trees from the Mansueto Library construction site were put to purposeful re-uses in the Regenstein.
The Office of Sustainability has upgraded its monthly newsletter in an effort to provide more information in an easy-to-read format. With our newsletter’s bright new look, the Office has expanded options that will enable recipients to specify the types of sustainability communications that they would like to receive.
Marking its first anniversary, recycles got a brand new website, a new bike share location, and improved bike maintenance thanks to a new intern from Blackstone Bicycle Works.
All recycles users will be required to re-register for the program with their CNetID beginning Monday, September 20th. Re-registration takes less than two minutes; please note that you will be unable to check out a bike until you have re-registered.
A total of 13 teams from the University of Chicago participated in this year’s Bike to Work Week, the most of any university. Despite the sporadic thunder storms and humid temperatures during the week of June 12 - 18, over 100 employees cycled to work at least once during the week.
Taking inspiration from the Asian carp invasion, water is the focus of this year’s Earth Week festivities. We hope that the events will foster awareness of water and personal actions, as well as probe policy questions while providing background from a humanities perspective.
The University of Chicago is one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company selected the University of Chicago for inclusion in a unique resource it has created for college applicants - “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”
Do you have an old TV sitting in your basement that you’ve been waiting to get rid of? Or perhaps some broken computer speakers that you didn’t know how to dispose of? Bring these and many other hard-to-recycle items to our free recycling event on Friday, May 7th, 8am-2pm in the Pierce Parking lot (located at E 55th St and S Greenwood Ave).
Buying a share in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to receive fresh produce while supporting local farmers.
The March 11th conference sponsored by the Booth School of Business aims to grow the sustainable and local foods movement by encouraging investment in farm and food production, processing, and distribution businesses.
EarthSpark is working to mobilize over 20,000 solar lamps to be distributed by on-the-ground relief organizations in Haiti.
Julia Govis, Master Gardener and International Organic Farm Inspector, demonstrated last week how our University could be a little greener even in the depths of Winter.
Having attended the U.N. Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December, Kyle Gracey – a dual master’s student in The Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the Physical Sciences Division– reports back on the experience and offers his perspective of the conference’s outcomes.