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University of Chicago

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

Name: Willy Gu

Position in student organization: Chair

Date survey submitted: 6/25/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Green Campus Initiative

Number of active members: 9-10

Website: gci-uchicago.blogspot.com , http://envirocenter.uchicago.edu/gci/Home.html (to be updated later)

Date of last meeting: June 3, 2009

Frequency of meetings: Weekly

   Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Dormitory Recycling Bin Audit, Fundraising, Printer Cartridge Recycling, spreading information about Environmental Initiatives in Hyde Park, promoting the environment during Earth Week,

  Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: updated recycling situation in two dorms, placed printer cartridge recycling containers around campus, organized a study break with a showcase of neighborhood green activities, had a week filled with exciting Earth Week events including speakers, panel discussions, and a Green Fest with environmental vendors.

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[  ]  No

[ X ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition: Battle of the Bulbs

Year initiated: 2007

Frequency of competition: Annual

Participants: All students in housing

Incentives: The BoB Trophy

Goal of competition: to use as little energy as possible for a month

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: 2.6%

Lasting effects of competition: People better understood conserving energy whenever possible, such as turning off appliances and lights and only using electricity when possible.

Website: http://battleofbulbs.blogspot.com/

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[  X]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:    See "Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008" and "Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008"

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:  

ECO- http://socialjustice.uchicago.edu/deco.htm

Vegan Society- http://veganuchicago.org/

Green Awareness in Action- a green volunteering group.  The group wasn't active this past academic year, but it will be active next year.  Josh Bleavitt has been head in past years.

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):  

 

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Name:  Jeremiah Schatt

Position (in student organization):  Co-Chair

Date survey submitted:  06/26/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Chicago Booth Energy Group

Number of active members: 75

Website: boothenergy.org

Date of last meeting: 06/04/09

Frequency of meetings: Once a week

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: The Chicago Booth Energy Group is a student group at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business that helps to prepare current students for careers in the energy sector.  Much of our focus is on renewable energy or clean-tech. To this end we have organized or launched the following programs:

1) Launched a clean tech study tour -- This four day, multi-city study tour allowed participants to gain a better understanding of the energy sector.  Participants met with senior congressional staff, industry associations, consultants, entrepreneurs, leading NGOs, and venture capitalists and investment bankers, to try and gain a comprehensives view of this complex and rapidly changing sector.  This was the inaugural trip.  We will likely continue the program next year.

Organized a major half-day conference focusing on entrepreneurship in the clean-tech sector.  The conference provided a venue for 10 Midwestern entrepreneurs to present their companies to members of the University of Chicago community. 

Hosted numerous speakers who are active in the clean-tech innovation/venture capital space.  Conversations helped educate students at Booth about career opportunities in the clean-tech sector, as well as the challenges that the sector presents. 

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

See items listed above.

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ X]  No

 

[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[ X]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:  The Chicago Booth Energy Group has begun to organize a clean-tech case competition.

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:  

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):   We are a member of the Collegiate Energy Association, or CEA --  http://collegeenergy.org/

 

 

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