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UIC follows an energy policy that uses a strategic energy management process to implement energy management actions and consistently achieve energy performance improvements.

Solar energy

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A total of 469 photovoltaic panels soak up the sun’s rays on top of LEED® Gold Lincoln and Douglass Halls. These solar energy-producing grids convert solar radiation into electricity that the building can use to power on lights, computers, and other electronics. Solar power eliminates direct greenhouse gas emissions, contributing our goal to become a carbon neutral university.

Geothermal Energy

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At a depth of 500 feet below the field next to University Hall lies a maze of sensors, heat pumps, and air exchangers to keep Grant, Lincoln, and Douglas Halls at a pleasant 73ºF/ 25ºC year-round. Geothermal heat pumps use the Earth’s constant temperature to heat and cool our buildings, eliminating direct greenhouse gas emissions, and contributing to UIC’s goal to become a carbon neutral university.

Useful Resources

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Check out the ways in which UIC measures and lessens the energy use on campus