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  • Sustainability at The University of Chicago
    redesigned homepage Facilities Services Barry O Quinn Tops 2015 Bike Commuter Challenge Trades Shop Manager Barry O Quinn logged enough miles to bike to Springfield and back during the 2015 Bike Commuter Challenge held in June bike Divvy Discount Here s how you can get a discounted Annual Membership that gives you access to thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations across the city Visit our Divvy page for details buildings LEED Certification The University implemented the Sustainable Building Policy in 2010 using the U S Green Building Council s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED certification system LEED certification aims to improve building performance across a number of significant metrics including energy and water efficiency waste reduction and indoor environmental quality View LEED Certified Buildings sync Recycling Directory On campus and in the City of Chicago you can recycle a huge array of items from cardboard to computers This directory can help you with all your recycling needs View The Recycling Directory Sustainability Events View all events Follow UChicagoSustain Sage Ambassadors SAGE Ambassadors are faculty staff and students who after attending a training serve as sustainability advisors to their peers The SAGE Ambassador training will teach you everything

    Original URL path: http://sustainability.uchicago.edu/ (2015-11-28)
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  • Contact Us | Sustainability at The University of Chicago
    your ideas answering questions and creating a more sustainable campus with you Let us know how we can help You can reach us here 5235 S Harper Court Suite 1000 Chicago Ill 60637 OfficeofSustainability uchicago edu For specific requests feel free to contact Mike Stopka director of sustainability mstopka uchicago edu 5235 S Harper Court Suite 1000 Chicago Ill 60615 773 834 8508 Sara Popenhagen sustainablility specialist popenhagen uchicago edu

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  • About Us | Sustainability at The University of Chicago
    driven yet relationship based approach Office of Sustainability staff work with campus and community partners to enhance a culture of sustainability using a data driven yet relationship based approach that strives to connect 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 robust measurable and comprehensive Strategic Sustainability Plan we endeavor

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  • Projects | Sustainability at The University of Chicago
    improved when buildings and spaces people inhabit are directly indirectly or symbolically connected to nature Biophilic design is a term increasingly used to describe such sustainable spaces and their characteristics Through this research project the Office of Sustainability seeks to understand the value proposition around using project capital to create biophilic University buildings and spaces For example if including operable windows fresh air in University office spaces decreased employee absenteeism is that an investment that would pay back Quantifiable data to answer these types of questions exists but it is fragmented and must be vetted and summarized to make it useable for Facilities Services Timeframe Summer 2015 to Winter 2016 Back to top Climate Change and Renewable Energy Greenhouse Gas GHG Inventory Understanding the scope and sources of our greenhouse gas emissions is an important step in sustainability planning Our GHG Inventory is a report that provides trending information for the development and implementation of future GHG emission reduction strategies and going forward will be released every three years Our robust inventory tracks the six major greenhouse gases carbon dioxide CO2 methane CH4 nitrous oxide N2O hydrofluorocarbons HFC s perfluorocarbons PFC s and sulfur hexafluoride SF6 Timeframe Tracked annually Starting in 2016 the report will be released every 3 years Project Team Facilities Services Department of Transportation and Parking UChicago Dining Residential Services Procurement Chicago Transit Authority Blackstone Bicycles Argonne National Laboratory Resources Greenhouse Gas Protocol Climate Energy Plan CEP The Office of Sustainability is partnering with Facilities Services Engineering Utilities group to develop and implement a Climate Energy Plan that includes specific projects and emissions reduction strategies to work toward meeting our 20 percent by 2025 greenhouse gas reduction goal The Climate and Energy Plan is a living document that is regularly vetted and updated as new data becomes available and new opportunities arise Timeframe In Progress Project Team Various University departments Resources Climate Change and Renewable Energy Energy Management Information System The Office of Sustainability is part of a University team working to procure and integrate software capable of the automated tracking and analysis of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use on a building to building basis It will monitor and record data required for measuring the progress of several Strategic Sustainability Plan goals In addition it will alert Facilities Services to energy use anomalies faster so problems can be corrected quicker driving down energy use and cost It will increase the University s ability to provide transparent accessible data through building dashboards and web portals to building occupants to understand their consumption Timeframe Procurement by Autumn 2016 Project Team Facilities Services University IT Services Software vendor TBD Resources Reva David Logan Center for the Arts Solar Array Back to top Waste Reduction E Waste Recycling OS and IT Services have collaborated to bring on demand E waste recycling services to campus as part of the University of Chicago s concentrated efforts to reduce its environmental footprint E waste can be recycled any time during normal business hours

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  • Campus Resources | Sustainability at The University of Chicago
    Campus Resources Campus Resources Waste Recycling Resources Recycling Directory Bike Sharing Divvy Discount LEED Buildings on Campus Community Resources City and State Resources News Archive Campus Resources We ve compiled some resources to help you make more sustainable choices including everything from what to do with your old electronics to the alternative transportation options in Chicago to how to lower the carbon footprint of your office or dorm Check out

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  • Get Involved | Sustainability at The University of Chicago
    There are many ways to get involved with sustainability efforts on campus Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student faculty or staff member your actions can make a difference Look for ways to make sustainable actions a part of your daily routine such as recycling drinking from a reusable bottle or mug shutting off lights shortening showers printing double sided and using eco friendly products Join the Sustainability Council

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  • Office of Sustainability offers programs and policies to reduce UChicago’s environmental footprint | Sustainability at The University of Chicago
    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 Family Resources Fair Sunday Sept 20 from 1 p m to 4 p m Graduate Student Orientation Fair Tuesday Sept 22 from 1 p m to 3 30 p m Sustainability Oriented Walking Tour Tuesday Sept 22 and Thursday Sept 24 from 10 a m to 11 a m Student Activities Resources Fair Oct 2 from 3 p m to 5 30 p m 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

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  • Plastic bag ban begins August 1 | Sustainability at The University of Chicago
    become scarcer in coming months as the City s ban on disposable plastic bags becomes reality Starting Saturday Aug 1 grocers and other large chain retailers can offer sturdier plastic bags for customer use however most will charge a small fee for those reusable bags Double bagging will no longer be allowed Only plastic bags that are at least 2 25 millimeters thick making them more durable and easier to reuse are allowed under the new ordinance With this ban Chicago joins a growing number of U S cities that have made the switch to reusable and more environmentally friendly bagging San Francisco became the first major U S city to ban plastic bags in 2007 and recent years plastic bags have been restricted in many more cities including Los Angeles Cambridge Mass Seattle Wash and Austin Texas From an environmental standpoint these laws appear to be working for example Santa Monica Calif has reduced its plastic use by 78 million bags since its ban took effect in 2011 Consumers should consider using reusable canvas bags many stores that don t already do so will begin selling them and tote bags often given away for free at events and fairs

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