SYSTEMS USE ASSETS • UIC Recycling Program • Office of the Registrar • Urban Transportation Center Will present next meeting Presented last meeting • • • • CADE Office of Technology Management CAVE 2 UIC Bike Plan • • • • Undergraduate Student Organization Gov Martin Jaffe Ouri Wolfson Institute for Environmental Science Priority List • • • • USG Institute for Environmental Science Martin Jaffe Ouri Wofson UIC Recycling Program • Name: Joe Iosbaker • Title: Office of Sustainability Recycling Program Coordinator Interviewed by: Romina and Ryan Most Interesting Points • UIC just received a $71,000 grant, the money will support the expansion of the program to more buildings on campus, and the installation of equipment such as collection bins. • Recyclemania is a national competition that UIC participates yearly. In the past the school has obtained awards for total collection of recycle material; this year UIC will also participate in the compost division. • There is also a competition among Residence Halls to improve their recycling collection rates. The winners will receive a “shower of candy”. Examples of Strengths • Implementation of better methods and systems to quantify our school’s recycling rate (waste audits). • Recycling rate improvement from 22% to 45% in 5 years. • Awareness raising among our community. • Institutional commitment. • National recognition. Examples of Strengths • In 2012 the program was able to collect 9,000 of electronic components to be properly recycled. Recycling Waste Audits Waste Audits Greatest Challenges • Slow down students to encourage them to think before disposing their garbage out, specially through places with high foot-traffic such as Student Center East. The Student Centers have the lowest numbers in regards recycling rates. • The recycling program is trying to find better ways to help students being more conscious about garbage disposal as they transit through school’s buildings. Our Thoughts • The Recycling Program at UIC is not only concerned about improving the recycling rate at school, but also about engaging students and the entire community to actively participate in this process. • This project is something that we could all be a part of and support constantly. • It is important to raise awareness of UIC Recycling program, its achievements, and the difference that it makes in our school, our surrounding community, and for the city in general. UIC Office of the Registrar Robert Dixon (Left), Jeff Headrick (Center), Kevin Shalla (Right) Interviewed by: Ryan and Alexis Registrar Office Achievements Thousands of transcripts are electronic secured PDF files ready for students to download and view 25% of transcripts ordered are electronic which reduces paper and carbon Receives electronic transcripts now Scan transcripts for online viewing Graduate students can also submit their documents to this office via electronically as well. The following are different ideas and practices implemented by workers of the Office or Registrar Bike Delivery at UIC Jeff Headrick (Distribution Clerk) Has been pioneering the bike delivery service at UIC Has been picking up and delivery mail 3 times a week from places like the College of Engineering and University Hall to other places around campus. The Registrars Office is the only office with bike delivery Van inefficient - most of what Jeff transports (especially now that so much is electronic) fits in one box that can be carried on bike. Bike Delivery Another advantage of bike - safer with sensitive documents (e.g. student folders) Route varies by day, saves time, gas, and money Kevin Shalla's thought: “Biking is not required, not written into the job - what if there was a bump? In that sense, it's not sustainable” Another question to consider: How to improve the safety issues with biking around campus? Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy Areas of Interest: Transportation, Utilities, Physical Structure, Recreation and Activities, and so forth Goal: Try to look at things in new ways (alternative solutions) Pushing for more LEED certified buildings Trying to finds ways to conserve energy and still meet the demands of the university. Analyze the energy infrastructure of the university Employee Flower Garden Started about two years ago- While Rob was biking one day, he came across that spot. He started talking about it with his employees and voila! Goal – Brings the people in the office together in a relaxed environment while doing something good for the environment. Current/Future Actions - planted perennials/ Could start composting / Plant drought resistant plants - like native plantings elsewhere on campus/ Rope off the space to protect the garden. Early Stage of Employee Flower Garden Farmer's Market Oksana Shanley (Assistant Registrar) Organizes Green Initiative at her son's school, St. Nicholas Cathedral School They host 1-2 green markets a year - make $6000/market Wants to help incorporate Green Initiative into the UIC curriculum Considers changing the location of the Farmer's Market at UIC to one of the big teacher's parking lot or where the former public housing was located. Analysis of Electric Cars Electric vehicles can be a great alternative to conventional combustion engine cars Possible future of electric cars will be driven by the price of gas (i.e. very expensive gas = more hybrid/electric cars being purchased) Promoting and selling electric cars need a businessman mentality in order to succeed (i.e. Carnegie with steel, Rockefeller with oil, and so forth) On a university level: Maxwell St., Paulina, and Halsted having charging stations for cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf is a great start for electric vehicles being integrated in the urban culture. Rob Dixon's 1994 Mazda MX-6 (Electric – Converted) This car was converted into an electric vehicle by the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association. It used a 5-speed manual transmission, that had 20 batteries to power the motor. Future Ideas from the Staff There should be bike spaces indoors for people who ride their bikes to work More public places (Restaurants, Public Libraries, etc.) that has charging stations for electric vehicles Electric buses wirelessly charging themselves when they come to a stop on magnetic pad for a certain amount of time Composting more around campus such in a way that is similar to Employee Garden. Our Thoughts • It was really inspiring to find out what people can accomplish when they set common goals and work together to achieve them. • The Office of Registrar has successfully implemented simple but useful actions that do make a big difference on campus. • It would be interesting to see other offices partnered up with the Office of Registrar in order to work on different projects across UIC. Urban Transportation Center • Name: Steve Schlickman • Title: Executive Director UTC • Name: Paul Metaxatos • Title: Associate Director for Research Programs and Research Assistant Professor Interviewed by: Romina and Ryan Most Interesting Points • Most of the current research at the UTC is related in one way or another to issues of sustainability (ex. Reducing costs and maximizing efficiency in our transportation systems) • The UTC fosters an interdisciplinary collaboration among UIC departments and institutions. • UTC works closely with regional entities such as IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) conducting research and receiving funding. Examples of Strengths • One of the main research initiatives is the UTC partnership with IDOT to look more closely into the integration of different modes and their studies as interrelated methods rather than separate units (by “modes” they mean the different units in our transportation system such as highways, freight, biking, public transportation, etc.) Examples of Strengths • The Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI) frames many of the research efforts at UTC by bringing together faculty, students, and researchers to address current issues. In addition, METSI is an important educational component that consists of workshops, conferences, training courses, presentations, assistantships, and seminars Examples of Strengths • The UTC has achieves its goals by bringing together academic, cultural, and economic assets that are not only integrated in the university, but to the community as well. By doing so, the department withholds the university’s mission statement as expressed by the Great Cities Commitment: “To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago, but all the great Cities of the 21st Century” Final Thoughts • We found these three assets to be of great relevance for our research project, for they are all actively promoting and improving sustainable efforts and initiatives on campus and in our community as well as at a regional scale. • We will conduct more interviews this week as we work through our ‘second-priority’ list.