UIC is large and diverse with a variety of individuals. Many of these individuals are working together to form a sustainable environment on campus. Despite differences among us, one common goal is to create a greener future for ourselves and future generations. There are efforts currently being made to make UIC more sustainable, but one issue that persists is waste.With thousands of students, it can be difficult to properly deal with all the waste and materials that accompany them. Paper, old school supplies, bottles, cans, plastic, and more items are improperly dealt with, resulting in an abundance of litter and excess materials. However, there is the possibility of creating recycled art for competitions among the student body, which could help alleviate the issue of waste. Whether one is an artist, environmentalist, athlete, book worm, or all of the above, they can make a contribution to this project to help develop a more sustainable campus.
Sustainable art is a way to positively influence UIC students and staff to recycle and reduce waste on campus. The beauty that can be created from these materials will spread awareness on this issue and inspire change. A competition with prizes would further motivate a wider range of students to participate. Students can participate by recycling for the artwork or creating it themselves. Participation in this project would be available among all grade levels of the student body, and allow one to use any recycled material of choice. By announcing these competitions publicly and online, those interested can take action. The creation of designated recycling areas for the use of artwork would result in an increase of recycling. Winners and runner-ups may receive small prizes. The winner of the competition can also have their art displayed somewhere on campus stating their name and materials used, serving as an inspiration and as a symbol of UIC’s actions being taken toward a more sustainable environment.
A year of planning would be necessary to finalize the locations, prizes, and materials needed for these competitions. The competitions could be announced as a new event Summer 2017 and could begin Fall 2017. It would be one competition per semester, with the results of the competitions announced on a negotiable date near finals week.
This project would require minimal costs. Funds for recycling bins, advertisements, prizes, and the eventual recycled art showcase would be required. Other costs would not be financial, as spaces and time used for these competitions would have to be negotiated.