As a student of UIC, I can do many things to be more sustainable for the UIC campus. I have access to many resources to help in creating a sustainable campus, along with many peers and instructors who feel the same need for a sustainability.
For example, there are many groups at UIC that are related to the sustainability movement which students can join. These include Terra Society and EcoCampus. Both of these groups are aimed at creating a more environmentally friendly and sustainable world, with EcoCampus aimed directly at making UIC more sustainable.
In addition to these groups, the open-minded atmosphere of a college campus is another great way to be more sustainable for UIC. Having the ability to share and promote ideas of sustainability with fellow students and instructors allows a culture of sustainability to form, thus leading UIC to a more sustainable future.
Mainly as a student at UIC, I feel that the student body does in fact have a voice with its administrators. If groups such as Terra Society and EcoCampus worked together with an informed and concerned student body to share their ideas with UIC administrators, change can be made. University administrators are all very well educated people and should understand the benefits of a sustainable world and campus. With a significant part of the student body to show them that there is internal interest in a sustainability movement, positive change can be made.
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