Building operations account for 28% of global CO2 emissions.

At UIC, energy professionals work to make sure our campus buildings use just as much energy as we need, and no more. Our diverse portfolio of campus buildings—from the new, LEED-Gold certified Academic Residential Complex to Walter Netsch’s 60-year-old Behavioral Sciences Building—requires multiple different strategies to ensure our campus is as energy efficient as possible.

Producing renewable energy with on-site solar panels and geothermal wells, tracking energy consumption every 15 minutes with SMART meters, and retrofitting even the most complex university buildings are a handful of ways that UIC reduces its energy waste one step at a time.

Front view of the Administrative Office Building
Energy Savings Projects
Learn about UIC's retrofit initiative, and how energy professionals help buildings on campus go green.
2019 SIP intern Dymphna Ghasarah in front of her internship poster
Student Perspective
Hear from UIC students how to conserve energy while living, studying, and working on campus.
Winner of the 2019 freezer challenge, Nick Perez, with Professor George Crabtree and Registrar Robert Dixon
Freezer Challenge
Are you a researcher or lab professional? Join UIC's community of sustainable researchers and sign up for the International Freezer Challenge
Flames wash cold animtion of a kid next to a washing machine in winter clothing, to denote washing clothes using cold water.
Flames Wash Cold
Check out one of UIC's energy conservation programs from Fall 2019 to learn about how washing your clothes on cold water can save energy and money.