Office of Sustainability offers programs and policies to reduce UChicago’s environmental footprint

September 21, 2015

The University of Chicago Office of Sustainability welcomes students, staff, and faculty back to campus for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are thrilled to begin a new year and working with campus partners in making our campus more sustainable. From the Sustainability Council, sustainability-oriented walking tours, and sustainably-minded Registered Student Organizations and working groups, there are opportunities for everyone to join the movement.

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with sustainability efforts on campus. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, faculty, or staff member, your actions can make a difference. For more information, please email us or look for us during the following Orientation-week programming activities:

Reduce Waste

Drop all clean recyclable items into any recycling bin on campus or in the dorms – no need to sort them. The University currently recycles about 37 percent of on-campus waste, according to our 2014 Waste Management Survey. With your added help, we can continue this increasing this number.

The University of Chicago offers electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling services. You may bring electronic items to any drop-off location on campus. Used computers, monitors and other electronic equipment that are disposed of improperly have the potential to contaminate our environment, clogging landfills and wasting reusable materials. Recycling or processing e-waste to extract the minerals trapped inside and reusing the rest of the components is a practical solution to solve the hazard of e-waste.

Be sure to check our Recycling Directory for other items or questions you may have regarding single-stream recycling. 

Alternative Transportation

The University of Chicago offers numerous programs to encourage the use of alternative transportation options. Nearly all UChicago students get to campus on foot, bike or another form of alternative transportation.

The City of Chicago’s bike-share program, Divvy, now offers discounted annual memberships to UChicago students for $55, and to faculty and staff for $65. Visit the Office of Sustainability website for more information about the discount, or visit the Divvy website for general information about the bike-share program.