The Office of Sustainability, located within the University of Chicago Facilities Services department, was established in November 2008. The Office of Sustainability is working to mitigate the University’s impact on the environment, raise visibility of sustainability issues on campus, and advance intellectual debate and analysis on the critical environmental issues of our time.
The Office of Sustainability released a Sustainability Plan Baseline Report, outlining goals, progress, and next steps in nine areas of sustainability.
Climate Change and Energy
Climate Change and Energy is area 1 of the Sustainability Plan. The University of Chicago Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Overview (2012–2017) contains information on the University’s greenhouse gas emissions from the target base year (average of emissions from 2012, 2013, and 2014) through 2017. The University of Chicago Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan (FY2018–FY2025) outlines how the University will meet the goal in area 1: to reduce University greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2025.
To realize our goal of a sustainable University of Chicago, we are committed to encouraging the collaborative efforts of students, faculty, and staff to share knowledge, develop skills, foster values, and initiate practices that contribute to sustainable, high standards for our campus and community.
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. Visit the Environmental Research and Sustainability website for additional information.