Open position: postdoctoral researcher – Convergence Around the Circular Economy

Where: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh

A postdoctoral appointment is available for a Convergence Around the Circular Economy project with Dr. Melissa Bilec’s Built Environment and Sustainable Engineering Lab at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

Seeking a highly motivated and organized person for a unique opportunity to conduct research on the circular economy on the recently award National Science Foundation project. Given the large project team and focus on convergence, the person should demonstrate exceptional project management skills. The successful applicant will possess a PhD in civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, or related fields, have an excellent academic record, and work well in a collaborative research environment. The candidate should have completed the Ph.D. prior to the date of joining. The project involves an exciting combination of building science, industrial ecology, environmental systems analysis, life cycle assessment, data science, and network analysis for circular economy.

The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility for an extension. The start date is flexible, with a preference for candidates ready to begin as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented minority groups and women to apply for this position. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pittsburgh has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the US (

Your application should include:
– Cover letter
– Curriculum Vitae
– 1-page statement of your career goals and how this postdoc experience will help you achieve
your goals
– Contact information for three references.

E-mail your materials to
For further information or questions about this position you may contact: Dr. Melissa Bilec

July 2020 – IESP research faculty Moira Zellner and Sybil Derrible are awarded an Illinois Innovation Network grant

The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) is a group of 15 university-based hubs across the state working to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development. In July 2020, IIN awarded seed grants to teams that will use collaborative research to improve nutrition, turn trash into usable products, explore urban-rural connections, and enhance agricultural practices. The proposals were required to include researchers from at least two IIN hubs and be completed within one year of receiving funding. Proposals were evaluated on their alignment with IIN principles, how well they address their stated areas of sustainability, the scope of their work and level of collaboration, and their potential for further work. The UIC/IESP funded projects is:

Sustainable urban-regional modeling network (SURe Modeling)
John Murphy, research associate professor of anthropology, Northern Illinois University; Moira Zellner, associate professor of urban planning and policy, University of Illinois at Chicago; Sybil Derrible, associate professor of sustainable infrastructure systems, UIC.
Establish a network of researchers to examine how large cities are connected to smaller urban areas in their regions. This will include modeling of coupled social and ecological systems to explore sustainable pathways for the greater Chicago region.

Apply for the UIC Teaching Sustainability Initiative 2020-2021

More information about the program and application process can be found on the Teaching Sustainability Initiative webpage.

The Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management along with the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy Education and Research Subcommittee are pleased to invite UIC faculty to apply for the Teaching Sustainability Initiative’s 2020-2021 Course Development Cohort. In its second year, this program is intended to intentionally grow UIC’s sustainability course offerings to all students.

The Teaching Sustainability Initiative consists of a 1.5-day program that will provide faculty of all subject areas an overview on how to amend and/or create curriculum to include sustainability concepts. The workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability—broadly defined—into our classrooms, as well as access to a network of experienced instructors who will provide assistance and feedback as you formulate a dynamic syllabus and curriculum. Faculty will receive a stipend for their participation. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020, applications will be notified of their status no later than March 27.

Any questions? Please contact Sarah Koning by email at or by phone (312) 413-9816.


Professor Sybil Derrible published a new book on Urban Engineering for Sustainability

Find this book from Amazon

This textbook introduces urban infrastructure from an engineering perspective, with an emphasis on sustainability. Bringing together both fundamental principles and practical knowledge from civil engineering, environmental engineering, urban planning, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science, the book transcends disciplinary boundaries by viewing urban infrastructures as integrated networks.

The text devotes a chapter to each of five engineering systems―electricity, water, transportation, buildings, and solid waste―covering such topics as fundamentals, demand, management, technology, and analytical models. Other chapters present a formal definition of sustainability; discuss population forecasting techniques; offer a history of urban planning, from the Neolithic era to Kevin Lynch and Jane Jacobs; define and discuss urban metabolism and infrastructure integration, reviewing system interdependencies; and describe approaches to urban design that draw on complexity theory, algorithmic models, and machine learning. Throughout, a hypothetical city state, Civitas, is used to explain and illustrate the concepts covered. Each chapter includes working examples and problem sets. An appendix offers tables, diagrams, and conversion factors. The book can be used in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in civil engineering and as a reference for practitioners. It can also be helpful in preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exams.


Doctoral or Post-doctoral Position

Where: Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, the University of Illinois at Chicago
When: To be filled as soon as possible, no later than January 1, 2020
Supervisor: Thomas L. Theis, Ph.D.

Description: This is an opportunity to work on a new project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focused on the Circular Economy, specifically the integration of blockchain technology for asset tracking of materials, and certification of data provenance for maintaining material value in the economy. The project is part of an integrated team of researchers drawn from the engineering, social, and economic sciences, at five universities. A background in any of the main disciplines of engineering, computer science, industrial ecology, economics or related fields is required, and strong interpersonal communication skills are desirable. The opening can be configured as either a doctoral or postdoctoral position.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the region’s largest public research institution and is among the most ethnically and culturally diverse schools in the United States. The Chicago region is a major urban center located along the shore of Lake Michigan with a population of approximately 9 million. The city is known as an architectural, culinary, arts and music, and transportation center.

The Institute for Environmental Science and Policy is a campus-level unit of the university with a mission to promote environmental research activities among interdisciplinary groups of scholars. Students and faculty from a wide range of departments participate in its activities.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references directly to Professor Thomas L. Theis ( For students, application to an appropriate academic unit will also be required. Questions should be directed to Professor Theis.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Announce the appointment of Dr. Shelie Miller as director of the Joint Program in the Environment (JPitE) at the University of Michigan

Shelie Miller will succeed Dr. Gregg Crane, director of PitE, whose appointment ends June 30, 2018. We extend our sincere gratitude to Gregg for his service and strong leadership. We also thank the JPitE faculty for their help in this transition.

Shelie is co-chair with Dr. Adam Simon of the Joint Program in the Environment Transition Advisory Committee. During Fall 2017, the committee helped assemble the initial governing faculty of JPitE and drafted bylaws for the new program. The committee will continue to work throughout the semester on a comprehensive set of recommendations on curriculum and student experience, including how to improve course offerings, and how best to connect JPitE students with SEAS master’s and doctoral students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners. Shelie will bring this knowledge and experience to her new role as program director.

As a scholar, Shelie has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary work and integrating research into education and outreach. Her research identifies potential unintended environmental consequences of emerging technologies and finds possible design or policy interventions that will lead to sustainable outcomes. She recently returned to Ann Arbor from Washington, D.C., where she was a 2016-2017 Jefferson Science Fellow through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has received a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) from President Obama and was recognized as a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. She serves in a variety of advisory roles for government, non-government, and academic entities.

Reach Shelie at

Jane Lin was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about the best and worst cities to drive in

Most Americans rely on cars to get around. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, “87 percent of daily trips take place in personal vehicles.” And even with growing access to public transportation in U.S. cities, most people still choose to travel by car, mainly for reasons such as “comfort and reliability.”

In truth, however, driving is often a major hassle and expense. Drivers annually spend an average of 200 hours on the road, plus another 41 hours in gridlock. For a full-time worker, that’s the equivalent of a six-week vacation. Add the costs of wasted time and fuel due to traffic congestions, and our collective tab comes to about $124 billion annually, or $1,700 per household. That figure doesn’t even include the additional $515 expense for maintenance and repairs, which many of us are likely to spend given the poor quality of America’s roads — currently ranking No. 14 out of 140 economically developed nations, according to the World Economic Forum, and graded “D” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

But some cities are better for those behind the wheel. To determine those places, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest cities across 25 key indicators of driver-friendliness. Our data set ranges from average gas prices to average annual hours of traffic delays to auto-repair shops per capita. Read on for our findings, tips and insight from a panel of experts, and a full description of our methodology.

See details here.

2017 Predoc Fellowship Competition Canceled Due to Ongoing Budget Uncertainty

New Interdisciplinary Project: Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene

The new interdisciplinary grant, “Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene,” connects scholars in the humanities and the natural sciences. The PI is Ömür Harmanşah, and Co-PI’s are Molly Doane, David Wise, Ralf Cintron (Latin American and Latino Studies, and English) and Beate Geissler (Art). A large portion of the funds will be used to support the work of five UIC graduate students: Javairia Shahid (Art History), Tannya Islas (Latin American and Latino Studies), Katy Dye (Anthropology), Alize Arican (Athropology) and Charlie Corwin (Urban Planning and Policy). The UIC group is collaborating with a geographer at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Ian Baird, and his graduate students.

A major goal of IESP is to foster collaboration across disciplines. Bridging the gap between the natural sciences and the humanities has been a challenge, but not an insurmountable one. One example of a recent success is awarding of a research grant to UIC faculty by Humanities Without Walls (HWW), a consortium of 15 universities, in response to the HWW call for proposals on “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.” The genesis of the successful proposal can be traced to the interchange of ideas between members of the UIC Institute of the Humanities Political Ecologies Working Group formed in late 2015 by Ömür Harmanşah (Art History) and Molly Doane (Anthropology).

David Wise, IESP Assoc. Director, has participated in the working group since its inception. “At the University of Kentucky I was part of the Social Theory Graduate Program, so when I received the invitation from Ömür and Molly to join the group (its official name is “Political Ecologies: Nature, Place, Heritage”) I jumped at the chance,” says Prof. Wise. He continues that “I joined the group because I was eager to interact with colleagues from the humanities and social sciences, and also because even though I am an ecologist, I really had no idea what Molly and Ömür meant by ‘political ecologies’”. Wise adds that “it turns out that the group has been forging a definition since the first day we met — which is what collaboration across the disciplines is all about.”

Harmanşah explains that “this project investigates reciprocal relationships between emergent theories of the Anthropocene, climate change, and the global environmental crisis. The project will investigate how these theories incorporate insights from regional ecological conflicts, and how these theories themselves impact various communities in terms of their relationship with land, resources and biodiversity. The initial phase involves fieldwork, developed from existing projects, in northern Illinois and Chicago as well as regions of Pakistan, Turkey, Cambodia, Mexico and Bolivia. The field initiatives will consist of observations, visual documentation, interviews, and creative interventions such as public engagement events and art installations. Results will be presented in publications, and lectures and workshops at UIC.” The project’s PI adds that “in addition, two graduate fellows will curate a project exhibition in UIC’s Gallery 400 that will represent each field initiative in mixed-media (posters, photography and video).

The first formal gathering of the project will be a week-long Fall 2017 workshop and conference at UIC funded by the Institute for the Humanities, the School of Art and Art History, and the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy.

PHOTO: Ömür Harmanşah, Assoc. Prof. of Art History and PI of the interdisiplinary project “Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene.”

UIC Graduate Course for Sustainability ProfessionalsPrinciples of Sustainability 2017-S

Principles of Sustainability

Advance your career and your organization! Learn the essentials of sustainability with UIC’s GC 550 course, Principles of Sustainability. This course is perfect for environmental managers, sustainability directors, facilities managers and a wide range of business professionals, including those whose professional duties are evolving to include sustainability.

• Course: GC 550, Principles of Sustainability
• Course dates: January 10–April 25, 2017
• Meeting time: Tuesdays 4–6:30 PM
• Location: Taft Hall Room 120, 826 Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
• Registration deadline: January 9, 2017

Contact UIC today for more information., (312) 355-0243, GO.UIC.EDU/SUSTAINABILITY

Research/Internship Opportunity: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars ProgramDDCSP_UM_FLYER_1617

February 8, 2017(application deadline);
June 4-July 29, 2017 (program dates)

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan (DDCSP UM) is an exciting two-year research and internship opportunity for bright, curious undergraduate students interested in conservation, nature, and the environment. The program is aimed at bringing more undergraduates (who have a specific interest natural sciences, environmental studies/science, or conservation) currently underrepresented in the environmental field into the conservation arena.

In addition to a $4,250 stipend, accepted students will also receive room and board and travel expenses to and from Ann Arbor, Michigan each summer.

Please note that the application deadline is February 8, 2017. The program dates are June 4-July 29, 2017. Detailed program information and application are available on our website at

Please feel free to contact us at (734)936-0900 if you would like to discuss the DDCSP UM program further or e-mail us at

2016-2017 Predoctoral Fellowship Competition Winners Announced

IESP announces the 2016-2017 predoctoral fellowship competition winners. The mission of the IESP predoctoral fellowship program is to span traditional boundaries among disciplines while helping students develop knowledge and skills for independent research on the fundamental questions of the present and the future.

2016-2017 Predoc Fellows: Megan Garfinkel (BioS), Fadwa Dababneh (MIE), Ramin Shabanpour (CME), Charles Corwin (UPP)


March 7, 2016

IESP announces 2016-2017 predoctoral fellowship competition. The mission of the IESP predoctoral fellowship program is to span traditional boundaries among disciplines while helping students develop knowledge and skills for independent research on the fundamental questions of the present and the future. The IESP predoctoral fellowship program is open to any predoctoral student at UIC whose research is related to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship. Each fellowship carries with it an award of up to $15,000. Funded fellowships will be available August 16, 2016 and must be used during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Applications are due Monday, May 2, 2016, by 3PM.

Click here for more information about the predoctoral fellowship competition and instructions on how to apply.

Assistant Research Professor Sybil Derrible received a CAREER grant

Associate Research Professor Sybil Derrible received a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project entitled “CAREER: Understanding the Fundamental Principles Driving Household Energy and Resource Consumption for Smart, Sustainable, and Resilient Communities.” This project is from August 15, 2016 through July 31, 2021.

Associate Research Professor was awarded a new NSF grant

Associate Research Professor Jane Lin received a new NSF grant entitled “Smart CROwdsourced Urban Delivery (CROUD) System”. Total funding for the project is $1,000,000, and UIC’s share is $320,000 over three years.

NSF PFI:BIC – Smart CROwdsourced Urban Delivery (CROUD) System
Duration: 9/1/2015-8/31/2018
Amount: $1,000,000 (UIC subaward: $320,000)
PI: Yu (Marco) Nie, Northwestern University
co-PIs: Jane Lin (UIC), Jim Schummer (NU), Ouri Wolfson (UIC), Amanda Stathopoulos (NU)
Industrial partner: Zipments

Abstract: The thesis of the CROUD is the ability, enabled by recent advances in communication and ubiquitous mobile computing, to match highly fragmented transport capacities with vastly diverse demand for urban deliveries, temporally, spatially and in real-time. The project will build on collaboration between a CROUD-based technology firm, Zipments, and two research universities, Northwestern University (NU) and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), to develop intelligence necessary to integrate the CROUD technology into a human-centered smart urban delivery service system. The proposed partnership will assemble a team that consists of Zipments’ technical group (including its CEO and co-founders) and five researchers of diverse expertise. The envisioned smart CROUD system will integrate four subsystems that encapsulate, respectively, pricing/matching mechanisms, consumer/courier management strategies, collaborative delivery/routing algorithms and real-time data collection and analysis tools. Prototypes of the new system will be implemented and evaluated based on the CROUD platform currently operated by Zipments.

Up To $13.9 Million Available From EPA for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Projects

CHICAGO (July 29, 2015) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a Request for Applications soliciting proposals for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants to fund new projects to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Up to $13.9 million will be available during the 2015 funding cycle for grants to state, tribal, interstate and local governmental agencies, institutions of higher learning and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are due September 28, 2015.

“This round of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding will be used to target invasive species and to reduce runoff in urban and agricultural watersheds,” said EPA Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. “The work funded by these grants will help to restore and protect waters that are essential to the health and jobs of millions of Americans.”

A webinar explaining the grant application process will be held at 10:00 a.m. Central time on Thursday, Aug. 13. The Request for Applications and information about applying for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants is available at

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world.  Great Lakes Restoration Initiative resources have so far funded over 2,500 projects to improve water quality, to protect and restore native habitat and species, to prevent and control invasive species and to address other environmental problems in the Great Lakes basin.

For more information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative visit

ORISE opportunity in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment

EPA is advertising a new PhD level ORISE opportunity in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment. This will involve working with various federal agencies and researchers to assess and analyze research efforts focused on reactive nitrogen (Nr). This will involve an interdisciplinary team including researchers in ecology, atmospheric sciences, agriculture, hydrology, and economics, among others, to synthesize our understanding of Nr in the U.S. and promote its sustainable management. Motivation for this opportunity partially stemmed from a multi-agency workshop in June 2014, the Abstract of which is copied below. There will also be opportunities for individual research projects focused on a variety of topics, including critical loads of atmospheric deposition, climate change impacts and adaptation, interactions between carbon and nitrogen cycles, urban ecology, and quantification of ecosystem services, depending on the Fellow’s area of expertise and interest.

ORISE url: Click Here

Abstract: In June 2014, scientists and managers from government, academia, NGOs and the private sector came together to review the science and management related to reactive nitrogen and co-pollutants (e.g. phosphorus, sulfur) across the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The purpose of the meeting was to develop a collaborative research and management partnership between USDA, USGS and EPA, in order to promote sustainable management of reactive nitrogen. Achieving our common goals of improving air and water quality, food security, and human health and welfare will require coordination of research, policies and management across a variety of Federal agencies, and this workshop identified a number of key areas of future coordination. An outcome of this meeting is the formation of a collaborative relationship between EPA, USGS and USDA that advances reactive N research to inform science based management, improves communications, and recommends alternative approaches to managing N in an integrated framework.

Registration Now Open – 2015 UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy: Digital Rebirth

July 1, 2015

The UIC Energy Initiative–would like to invite your students to apply to our 5th annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy to be held August 6-18 here at UIC. We would appreciate it if you could disseminate the enclosed information to them and to your colleagues. The SISE program is free for all participants.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2015
Application Requirements:
Online application, resume, two letters of recommendation
Applicant Profile:
All academic disciplines accepted; graduate or senior-level undergraduate

For further information, contact:

Thomas Alan, Program Coordinator
Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy
University of Illinois at Chicago

The SISE Program
The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals. From August 6-18, a diverse body of participants will engage a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability-related topics through daily presentations, collaborative projects, mentoring activities, site visits, and networking opportunities with leading research institutions and companies in the digital technology and energy sectors. The issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Graduates leave as thoughtful and informed global citizens with a firm foundation and expanded network for careers in sustainability, energy, and smart technology and infrastructure.

2015 Theme: Digital Rebirth
Digital technology now allows us to capture the dynamics of entire systems, from manufacturing lines to the electricity grid to the flow of people, cars, water, and waste. Given the need to service concentrated population clusters, cities in particular can take advantage of digital technology and the Internet of Things to improve systems delivering energy, water, and transportation. Yet this requires addressing such challenges as retrofitting or replacing aging infrastructure, data collection and management, privacy issues, cybersecurity risks, and the formation of new business and financing models.

SISE will

  1. explore the crossroads of digital manufacturing, smart cities, and energy;
  2. dive deep into specific applications such as smart grid and the connected vehicle; and
  3. theorize how these innovations can usher in a more sustainable future. Topics will revolve around integration; sourcing and use of supply; reduction of waste; energy and resource demands; big data collection and use; anticipation, reaction, and adaptation to the unexpected; and sensors, connectivity, and cybersecurity.

Now Accepting Applications
Admission into the program is highly competitive, drawing from a national pool of applicants. Applicants accepted into the program can expect to receive lodging support for the duration of the 2-week program and some meals on weekdays. Many will receive partial support for travel costs.

Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2014), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply. An online application form, a resume, and three letters of reference are required. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2015. More information is provided on the SISE website.

We invite you to learn more about the SISE program by visiting us on the web. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Alan (, SISE Program Coordinator. We look forward to seeing some of you in Chicago this summer!

Flier: Click Here



April 1, 2015
Are you a UIC undergraduate students looking for paid summer internships?

Applications are now open for the UIC Office of Sustainability Internship Program. This undergraduate internship program offers a wide range of opportunities across numerous fields and departments. Internship positions include opportunities in research, fieldwork, project planning, project management, and more. Positions are open to undergraduate students who will be enrolled in undergraduate coursework in the fall term. Students across all majors are welcome to apply. Positions are for up to 15hrs/week during the summer session from June 1st to August 7th. Interns are placed in various campus departments where they can make a real impact on their school while gaining real-world experience. Besides working on their projects, interns will also attend weekly seminars or field outings on a range of educational and skill building topics including energy issues, cultural sustainability issues, institutional challenges and change management, campus structure and administration, campus sustainability, and job readiness. At the end of the semester, students will participate in a final presentation and reception. The application for these internships is open until April 1st.

To learn more, check out the Sustainability Internship Program or email Elizabeth Schmidt, RA, Office of Sustainability


March 25, 2015

Sydney Blankers, a University of Illinois graduate student in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, has been selected for the Ecological Society of America’s Graduate Student Policy Award. Sydney Blankers is pursuing a Masters in urban planning and policy with a concentration in environmental planning. She studies regulatory and economic techniques for influencing development and resource use in a manner that is more in tune with urban community ecosystems. She will present her thesis on urban and natural interconnectedness at the American Planning Association National Conference in Seattle in April 2015. Through her work with the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, she has interviewed sustainable businesses and showcased their work through a marketing campaign.

The Ecological Society of America (ESA), founded in 1915, is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge, committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The 10,000 member Society publishes six journals and a membership bulletin and broadly shares ecological information through policy, media outreach, and education initiatives. The Society’s Annual Meeting attracts 4,000 attendees and features the most recent advances in ecological science. Visit the ESA website at

Details about the award program and the Ecological Society are included in the press release below:


February 17, 2015

IESP announces 2015-2016 predoctoral fellowship competition. The mission of the IESP predoctoral fellowship program is to span traditional boundaries among disciplines while helping students develop knowledge and skills for independent research on the fundamental questions of the present and the future. The IESP predoctoral fellowship program is open to any predoctoral student at UIC whose research is related to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship. Each fellowship carries with it an award of up to $15,000. Funded fellowships will be available August 16, 2015 and must be used during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Applications are now due Monday, May 11, 2015, 3PM.

Click here for more information about the predoctoral fellowship competition and instructions on how to apply.


November 2014

Dr. Derrible, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering and a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy, received two College of Engineering Awards:

  • Advising award
  • Teaching award

Congratulations, Dr.Sybil Derrible!


September 2014

Two IESP predoctoral fellowships were awarded to students pursuing doctoral degrees, whose research is related to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship. This year’s winners are Soheil Hosseini from the Environmental Engineering program and Sk Nasir Ahmad from the Civil and Materials Engineering department. Each winner will receive $10,000 award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Soheil’s research explores how knowledge of the biogeochemistry of sedimentary ecosystems can be used to reconstruct the past, current and potential future fate of PBTs utilizing techniques from the fields of chemical and environmental engineering, earth sciences, environmental chemistry and microbiology. His advisor is Karl Rockne.

The main objective of Nasir’s research is to develop and formalize a network methodology with the help of complexity theory and network science and to apply the methodology to World Bank’s development indicators for all countries. The results will help compare countries with similar development standard, and thus aid policy makers and planners to build a more sustainable world. Nasir’s advisor is Sybil Berrible.

Congratulations, Sohail and Nasir!


February 2014

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is announcing a call for proposals. ISTC conducts research and technical assistance in the areas of pollution prevention; energy conservation and new energy technologies; biofuels; waste reduction; water quality improvements; and water use and reuse. ISTC administers its Sponsored Research Grant Program to advance the state of knowledge/practice in areas of sustainability, pollution prevention, energy generation and conservation, and environmental issues of importance to the State. In FY15, proposals are being requested for projects that will contribute to ISTC’s goal of conserving a total of one billion gallons of water in the state of Illinois. Projects can be focused on methods for reducing water use; treatment of wastewater or other process water for reuse; novel recycling methods; or other significant water-saving measures. Technologies or practices that are easily transferable to other industries or businesses are preferred. Projects that target significant water savings through energy savings will also be considered. Projects should be able to achieve real measurable water savings/conservation within the time frame of the project or be able to show a very high potential for significant water savings/conservation in the near future. Funded projects will be used as case studies by ISTC to provide information to other entities about sustainable water-saving/conservation practices and technologies. There will be approximately $225,000 available for new projects. We anticipate funding 3 – 6 projects (maximum grant amount of $75,000). Project period should be one year or less, with earliest starting date of July 1, 2014, and latest completion date of June 30, 2015. Application will be a two-step process; a 3-page pre-proposal followed by a full proposal. Pre-proposals are due to ISTC by March 11, 2014. Successful pre-proposal applicants will be notified by March 24, 2014, and asked to submit a full proposal by April 25, 2014. Notification of funding will be made by June 3, 2014. See RFP for further details.


September 5, 2013

In 2011, the Board of Trustees approved the UIC Green Fee as an initiative to improve the quality of campus operations, reduce UIC’s environmental impact, and, most importantly, generate awareness about environmental issues by creating opportunities for students’ involvement. Paid for by all professional, graduate and undergraduate students, the Green Fee will be used to enroll UIC in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Program, which requires UIC to purchase a minimum of 3% of its total electricity purchases from renewable energy sources. Furthermore, the fee will also be used to fully fund small, short-term projects, as well as subsidizing larger, long-term projects.

Currently, the Green Fee Advisory Board (GFAB) is requesting proposals to fund sustainability, energy efficiency and conservation, and/or renewable energy projects on campus. Approximately $150,000 is available to support proposals in 2013-2014 that help increase the use of clean energy technologies on campus and that aid in establishing a sustainable campus environment by expanding such areas as composting, landscaping, or transportation initiatives, while also reducing waste and conserving resources. This is separate from the funding of the Green Power program. Funding proposals must address the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, social equity, and economic benefit – and align with the goals of the UIC Climate Action Plan. While we recognize that all projects will have capital costs included in their budgets, the fee is considered a genuine extension of UIC’s sustainability commitment and should not be intended as a substitute for university budget cuts.

For questions regarding the guidelines and the application, please contact

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: September 20, 2013
Final Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2013

Click here for more information


August 20, 2013

Moira Zellner, IESP and Urban Planning and Policy joint faculty, has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor on Indefinite Tenure in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Department of Urban Planning and Policy. She has been promoted to the rank of Research Associate Professor in IESP. Dr. Zellner’s promotion was approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at their July 25, 2013 meeting and is effective August 16, 2013.

Congratulations, Dr. Zellner!


May 30, 2013

Andrea Hicks, IESP graduate research assistant and doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, was awarded best student paper during the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (2013 ISSST) May 15-17, 2013, in Cincinnati, OH. She won the 1st prize for her paper “An Agent Based Approach to the Potential for Rebound Resulting from Evolution of Residential Lighting Technologies”. Andrea’s research advisor is Dr. Thomas Theis, Director of IESP.

The 2013 ISSST Student Paper Competition was sponsored by the International Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Sustainable System and Technology to honor outstanding papers researched and written primarily by a student in the field of sustainable systems and technology. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three papers, based on a blind review by a panel of judges. Papers were valuated based on their relevance to the field of sustainable systems, the quality and originality of the research as well as the overall quality of the writing.

Congratulations, Andrea!


April 26, 2013

Sybil Derrible, IESP and Civil and Materials Engineering joint faculty, received a $10,000 grant from UIC College of Engineering for his project “Developing a New GIS Tool to Calculate the Topological and Fractal Dimensions of Cities.” The funding is for the academic year 2013-2014. It aims to support projects that are innovative, bring a benefit to a significant number of undergraduate students, and support the mission of the College.

Dr. Derrible’s proposal includes the development of a new geographic information system (GIS) tool that will be used first hand in his undergraduate classes. By using this GIS tool, undergraduate students will discover and visualize how similar the various urban infrastructure systems are with one another and across cities. The overarching goal of this proposal is for the civil engineers of tomorrow to reshape their cognitive understanding of urban engineering issues, so that they can be more creative and innovative in their careers.


March 1, 2013

IESP launched a website for the Building Urban Resilience and Sustainability (BURST) initiative. The BURST initiative was funded in 2012 as part of the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research Areas of Excellence award program. The initiative brings together experts in diverse fields to develop a new interdisciplinary approach to the conception, design, planning, and analysis of urban infrastructures that enhances their resiliency and sustainability. Please visit the BURST website for more information about the project


November 1, 2012

Ning Ai, IESP and Urban Planning and Policy joint faculty, received a 18-month grant of $99,540 for her project titled “Environmental Impact
Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois” as part of a team at the UIC Urban Transportation Center led by Steve Schlickman. The project aims to develop an integrated and searchable GIS database that can facilitate rail system management, stakeholder participation, and environmental protection. It is sponsored by the US Department of Transportation National University Rail Center Consortium led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


October 31, 2012

Three IESP predoctoral fellowships were awarded to students pursuing doctoral degrees, whose research is related to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship. The winners are Eunjung (EJ) Shin from the Department of Public Administration, Andrea Hicks from IESP/Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, Kristin Woycheese from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Anna Czupryna from the Department of Biological Sciences. Each winner will receive $10,000 award for the 2012-2013 academic year.

EJ is interested in how natural resources are managed, shared and collectively governed across individuals, organizations and sectors. Her research areas also include knowledge networks in environmental policy. Currently, she is working on a dissertation research on sharing of non-plant genetic materials among agricultural researchers. Her research advisor is Prof. Eric Welch.

Andrea’s work has an interdisciplinary focus in regards to understanding how humans consume artificial light and the impacts of that consumption. Her research focuses on studying the overall lifecycle of lighting, and understanding at what phases the greatest impacts occur and also how changes in consumption may shift those impacts. Her research advisor is Prof. Thomas Theis.

Kristin’s studies carbon sequestration in modern lacustrine microbialites. Her research advisor is Prof. D’Arcy Meyer-Dombard.

Anna’s project focuses on domestic dog ecology in villages west of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. She will investigate factors regulating the free-roaming domestic dog population in rural villages west of Serengeti National Park and determine the impact of vaccination campaigns on dog abundance, health, welfare and population growth. Her research advisor is Prof. Joel Brown.

Visit EJ, Andrea, Kristin and Anna‘s profile pages for more details on their research projects.

Congratulations, EJ, Andrea, Kristin and Anna!


October 30, 2012

Samuel Dorevitch, IESP and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences joint faculty, received a four-year $999,971 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Environmental Health for his project titled “BRACE: Building Resilience Against Climate Effects in Illinois”. His Co-Investigators are Linda Forst, David Ibrahim, Bernard Turnock and Mark Dworkin, faculty from the School of Public Health, and Kevin Gibbs from the Institute for Health Reasearch and Policy. The team will develop a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan for Illinois to address the consequences of climate change and associated extreme weather events.


October 15, 2012

Moira Zeller, IESP and Urban Planning and Policy joint faculty, is part of a multi institutional team that received a three-year $1,425,000 grant from National Science Foundation for their project titled “CNH: From Farm Management to Governance of Landscapes: Climate, Water, and Land-Use Decisions in the Argentine Pampas”. The team is led by Guillero Podesta from the University of Miami.


September 24, 2012

Moira Zellner, IESP and Urban Planning and Policy joint faculty, with colleagues from Urban Planning and Policy, PI Piyushimita Thakuriah and Co-PI Nebiyou Tialhun, received a two-year $137,280 grant from National Science Foundation to conduct two workshops on e-Infrastructure for social science research. The title of the project is “Workshops on Big Data and Urban Informatics: e-Infrastructure for Social Science Research on Sustainable Urban Systems”.


September 24, 2012

Jane Lin, IESP and Civil and Materials Engineering joint faculty, is part of a team that was awarded three-year $200,000 grant from National Science Foundation for a project titled “ICES: Small: Collaborative Research: Dynamic Parking Assignment Games”. The team is comprised of faculty from the Department of Computer Science, PI Bhaskar DasGupta and Co-PI Ouri Wolfson. The team will “address parking slot selection problems in urban environments” and “seek to contribute to development of more efficient urban transportation systems.”


September 12, 2012

New faculty, Sybil Derrible, joins IESP as a Research Assistant Professor in the fall 2012 semester. He holds a joint Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering. Dr. Derrible holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. He came to UIC after spending a year in Singapore as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. His research interests include sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure planning, complex systems, infrastructure network design, network science and urban economics.

For more information about Dr. Derrible, visit his web page

Welcome, Dr. Derrible!


April 23, 2012

Andrea Hicks, IESP graduate research assistant and doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, won the Provost Award for Graduate Research. She is one of only 15 graduate student winners of the Provost and Deiss Spring 2012 competition. Her project is titled “Solid States Lighting: A Nano-enabled Case Study”. She will use her award to attend the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference: Role of Industrial Ecology in Addressing Sustainability Imperatives, June 17-22, 2012 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. She will be presenting her research and a poster during the conference. Andrea’s research advisor is Dr. Thomas Theis, Director of IESP.

The Provost’s Awards are designed with five objectives in mind: To improve the quality of research conducted by graduate students at UIC; to augment the professional training of graduate students by providing an experience in grant-writing; to stimulate applications by graduate students to external funding agencies; to speed degree completion; and to improve the placement of UIC graduates by conferring distinction on promising researchers.

The Awards are granted on a competitive basis and are intended primarily for students who are actively engaged in research for a project, thesis or dissertation. They are designed to allow students to take advantage of unique opportunities to further their research, and to aid progress toward their degrees. Students may apply for awards up to $3,000.

Congratulations, Andrea!


April 18, 2012

Andrea Hicks, IESP graduate research assistant and doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, won the Sustainability Award at the UIC Student Research Forum held on April 17, 2012. Andrea presented a poster of her research “Solid State Lighting: Adoption of Energy Efficient Light Technology”, which described modeling the adoption of LED lighting using an Agent Based Model and incorporating environmental, economic, and societal considerations. Andrea was presented with an award certificate and a cash prize of $125.

One Sustainability Award was given each at the undergraduate and graduate student level for research projects that best reflect the principles of sustainability. Projects were evaluated on their merit to address questions or problems that deal with the overlapping issues of environmental protection, social justice, and economic equity.

The Student Research Forum represents one of the finest student-run activities at UIC. It is one of the few student activities that is academic in nature and includes the entire student body; undergraduate, graduate and professional. The Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of the campus. Students from all disciplines are invited to present their work one-on-one to Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy 3-hour session, followed by an awards ceremony. Research presentations are accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research work and/or highlights key features of the project.

Congratulations, Andrea!


April 3, 2012

Over the past 30 years, floods have tended to be one of the most deadly and expensive type of natural disaster in the United States. The impact of a flood is typically measured in terms of lives lost and the dollar value of property damaged or destroyed. But the often-substantial public health costs that follow a flood—and the toll that such health impacts may take on families even long after the waters have receded—are rarely included. Heavy rains or storm surges can contaminate drinking and recreational water with sewage, agricultural waste, chemical pollutants, or animal wastes, leading to waterborne gastrointestinal illnesses. Flooded homes and buildings can be a breeding ground for mold, which can cause debilitating respiratory and neurological problems. Mental health problems also tend to increase in the wake of extreme weather disasters.

Extreme rainfall events have become more common in the United States during the same period that the climate has warmed, and it is likely that this trend will continue as temperatures rise. The Midwest region has experienced a 31% increase in the number of extreme precipitation events over the last 50 years.

After the Storm: The Hidden Health Risks of Flooding in a Warming World, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (USC), discusses the health hazards posed by extreme precipitation and flooding and what can be done to protect families, particularly those who are at greatest risk. Next, it addresses other flooding risk factors, such as where and how we choose to develop. Finally, the report summarizes the evidence linking climate change to the increased risk of weather events that can lead to flooding.

Please click here to access the USC report


April 2, 2012

To celebrate the 2012 Earth Month, UIC is putting on many interesting and fun events. Attendees will be eligible for a prize drawing at the end of the month!

Earth Month, 2012 Highlighted Events:

Thursday, April 12, 10am-2pm: Tree Planting with the Arbor Day Foundation (, NW Corner of the Daley Library, 801 S Morgan. The Arbor Day Foundation will be donating several trees to be planted for this event, along with free t-shirts and lunch for all volunteers.  SIGN UP at least 24 hrs. in advance (at to win an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Thursday, April 12, 12pm-1pm: The Inuit: Today’s Victims of Global Warming, 1047 ERF, 842 W Taylor. Pizza will be served!

Monday, April 16, 10am-2pm: The University of Common Sense (UCS) – The Future of Nuclear Energy (, Student Center East, 750 S Halsted. Exploring topics in nuclear energy, panelists from the scientific, corporate, and academic worlds will discuss questions related to the future of nuclear energy; pros, cons and sustainability. UCS will be moderated by UIC distinguished professor George Crabtree.  RSVP at

Friday, April 20, 10am-2pm: EcoJamapalooza  (, the Quad. EcoJamapalooza this year will feature live music from The Giving Tree Band and Schwinntonation.  Come check out the awesome music and as well as tables from local bike shops, environmental clubs and many other organizations!  There will be food and giveaways as well!

Repeating Events:
Bicycle Registration Workshops: April 3, 9, 11, 18, 26, 10am-2pm
Student Center West, 828 S Wolcott: April 3, 26
Student Center East, 750 S Halsted: April 9, 18
UIC College of Pharmacy Lobby, 833 S Wood: April 11
Register your bicycles while learning about bicycle safety, maintenance and protection from the UIC Police and local bike shops. Registering your bicycle is an important way to better you chances of recovering a stolen bicycle as well.

Follow the month’s activities on Facebook ( or Twitter ( using the hashtag #UICEarthMonth.

Questions or need special arrangements?  Contact the Office of Sustainability at or call (312) 413-9816.

Please click here to view the complete schedule of April Earth Month events.


January 27, 2012

Growth in the world’s population continues to put increasing pressure on resources that must be met in a sustainable way. Environmental Engineering is the field of engineering that employs biological, chemical, and physical treatment principles for the reduction of pollution in water, soil, sediment, and air to protect both human and ecological health. While great strides have been made in the last half century to improve the quality of these resources, much needs to be done to limit pollution of the environment and prevent pollution from happening in the first place.

The College of Engineering offers a minor area of study in Environmental Engineering that crosses disciplinary boundaries among engineering specialties and departments. Students interested in the Minor in Environmental Engineering should contact Professor Karl Rockne in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at


January 18, 2012

Two IESP faculty, Samuel Dorevitch and Thomas Theis, were awarded grants under the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) Areas of Excellence (AOE) Award Program. This program is based upon OVCR’s 2010Strategic Goals and Mission Statement which proposed an investment strategy targeted to scholarly themes – specifically, those poised to capitalize upon UIC’s unique strengths and opportunities and thereby achieve national distinction. The themes are: Biomedical and Health Science Discovery, Community Disparities and Urban Resilience and the Global Environment. The funding is designed to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration, maximize the extramural leveraging potential of established areas of expertise, and solidify existing impactful programs.

Samuel Dorevitch, IESP and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences faculty, received the award for his project “Urban Water Infrastructure, Policy, and Infectious Diseases”. He is collaborating on this project with Charlotte Joslin (Ophthalmology), Rachael Jones (Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences), Karl Rockne (Civil and Materials Engineering), and Ruxana Sadikot (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine).

Dr. Dorevitch’s project will assess the feasibility of creating a UIC Water AOE while developing practical research applications that may be pursued in a multidisciplinary manner. This project is cosponsored by IESP and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Thomas Theis, Director of IESP, received the award for his project “Building Urban Resilience and Sustainability (BURST): Integrating Adaptive Infrastructure Systems with Institutional and Ecological Functions”. He is collaborating on this project with Isabel Cruz (Computer Science), Ning Ai (IESP/Urban Planning and Policy), Farhad Ansari (Civil and Materials Engineering), Samuel Dorevitch (IESP/Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences), Sarah Dunn (School of Architecture), Ernesto Indacochea (Civil and Materials Engineering), Kazuya Kawamura (Urban Planning and Policy), Jie Lin (IESP/Civil and Materials Engineering), Emily Minor (IESP/Biological Sciences), Karl Rockne (Civil and Materials Engineering), Eric Welch (Public Administration), David Wise (IESP/Biological Sciences), and Moira Zellner (IESP/Urban Planning and Policy).

Dr. Theis’s project will develop a new approach for the conception, analysis, and design of urban infrastructures that is consistent with the sustainability paradigm. This project is cosponsored by IESP, College of Engineering, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Biological Sciences.


December 6, 2011

Andrea Hicks, IESP graduate research assistant and doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, received the Chancellor’s Graduate Research Fellowship Award. The Fellowship will support her research on lighting as a consumer application of nanomaterials, particularly on how nano-enabled lighting technology will change how humans consume light and the impacts of the consumption of light.

The Fellowship is awarded to students who “show exceptional promise for future multidisciplinary research and creative activity in their fields of interest.” Fellows receive funding of up to $4,000 per year for up to 2 years.

Congratulations, Andrea!


November 21, 2011

On the Monday before Thanksgiving,  Research!America and the Campaign for Public Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association, the Association of Schools of Public Health, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the National Association of County and City Health Officials ask Americans to give special thanks to their state and local “public health heroes” who protect the nation’s health throughout the year and who work tirelessly every day to protect us.

From the ordinary to the extraordinary, these heroes keep our drinking water safe, air clean and children healthy. Read about the work some public health heroes are doing around the country.

More at

Thank you, Public Health Professionals!


November 3, 2011

IESP joint faculty, Samuel Dorevitch, published the results of the Chicago Health, Environmental Exposure, and Recreation Study (CHEERS) “Health Risks of Limited-contact Water Recreation” in the Environmental Health Perspectives online version on October 26, 2011. The CHEERS study was funded by the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

The study’s objective was to “evaluate the incidence of illness, severity of illness, associations between water exposure and illness, and risk of illness attributable to limited-contact water recreation on waters dominated by wastewater effluent and on waters approved for general use recreation (such as swimming).” Dr. Dorevitch and his UIC collaborators, Preethi Pratap, Meredith Wroblewski, Daniel O. Hryhorczuk, Hong Li, Li C. Liu, and Peter A. Scheff, found that the recreational use of the Chicago River leads to similar incidence of gastrointestinal illness as the use of other local waterways. This was a surprise finding, according to Dr. Dorevitch, as he expected higher rates of sickness for people using the Chicago River which is primary a waste water effluent. However, people using the Chicago River had higher rates of eye symptoms than people using other local waterways. Another surprise finding, for Dr. Dorevitch, was that people using the Chicago River did not have higher rates of severe gastrointestinal illness requiring hospitalization than people using other local waterways.

For Dr. Dorevitch, the study findings raise questions about the safety of use of the Chicago River, but also questions about the water quality of the other local waterways, which are not primary waste water effluent, but have such high rates of illness for people who use them for recreational purposes.

Click here to view the UIC News release about this study and to listen to Dr. Dorevitch talk about the study’s results.


October 26, 2011

The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce up to six scholarship awards of $1000-$1500 each, applied toward tuition. The Caterpillar Sustainability Scholarship awards undergraduate students who:

  • Demonstrate active involvement in sustainability initiatives in their communities;
  • Think creatively about approaching these issues on campus;
  • Bring diversity to their field of study; and
  • Achieve academically.

For more information visit the Office of Sustainability scholarship webpage


Sepember 29, 2011

Gro Harlem Brundtland visited UIC on September 29, 2011 to speak at IESP sponsored event. Dr. Brundtland is United Nations Special Envoy on Climate change, former Prime Minister of Norway, former Director-General of the World Health Organization and Chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development. She presented a lecture “Our Common Future: Sustainable Development in a Deteriorating World”.

Before the lectuere, Dr. Joe G.N. Garcia, Vice President for Health Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Research at UIC, presented opening remarks and introduced Dr. Charles Evans, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of University Outreach and Public Services at the Urbana campus. Dr. Evans announced the Open Source Textbook on Sustainability. Dr. Theis, the IESP Director, introduced Dr. Brundtland.

The lecture was held in the Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison Street, in Chicago.

This event was sponsored by: Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and University of Illinois Open Source Textbook Initiative.

Additional support provided by: School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of Sustainability, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Honors College and Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs.


August 22, 2011

Moira Zellner, IESP and Urban Planning and Policy joint faculty, receivced a two-year grant of $249,953 from the National Science Foundation for project titled “CI-TEAM Demonstration Project: Enhancing Stakeholder Participation in Environmental Planning with Visualization Tools that Support Complex Systems Learning and Spatial Thinking”. This is an interdisciplinary project with co-invesigators William Dieber (Urban Data Visualization Lab), Charles Hoch (Urban Planning and Policy), Andrew Johnson (Computer Science), Leilah Lyons (Computer Science), Emily Minor (IESP and Biological Sciences), and Josuha Radinsky (Curriculum and Instruction).

The aim of this project is to enhance existing visualization tools and the social processes in which they are embedded to better support participatory planning addressing complex environmental problems.


August 17, 2011

New faculty, Ning Ai, joins IESP as a Research Assistant Professor starting in the fall 2011 semester. She holds a joint Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy. Ning comes to UIC from Georgia Institute of Technology where she received her PhD in August 2011. Her research and teaching interests focus on urban environmental planning and its integration with land use, industrial ecology, and sustainable economic development.

For more information about Dr. Ai, visit her web page

Welcome, Dr. Ai!


August 8, 2011

Three graduate students were selected to receive the Instiute for Environmental Science and Policy Predoctoral Fellowship awards: Kelly Granberg from the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, Basil Iannone from the Department of Biological Sciences, and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon from the Department of Urban Planning and Policy.

The mission of the IESP Predoctoral Fellowship program is to span traditional boundaries among disciplines while helping students develop knowledge and skills for independent research that contributes to advances in environmental scholarship. Award winnters were selected for their interdisciplinary approach to solving problems and research congruency with the mission of IESP. Each Fellow will receive a $10,000 award for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Kelly’s environmental engineering research interests center on identifying contamination sources and quantifying their contribution to specific sites with the goal of minimizing environmental contamination risk and supporting sustainable natural resource use. Her research advisor is Prof. Karl Rockne.

Basil’s research focuses on understanding the many ways that individual species, community composition, and ecosystem processes interact to influence one another and community change over time, particularly in the context of biological invasions and ecological restorations. His research advisor is Prof. David Wise.

Ryan, through his research, aims to show how fundamental safety issues (i.e. crime, responses to crime, and fear of crime) shape residents’ engagement with the built and natural environments, and thus influence their patterns of energy consumption. His research advisor is Prof. Nik Theodore.

Visit Kelly, Basil and Ryan’s profile pages for more details on their research projects.

Congratulations, Kelly, Basil and Ryan!


July 27, 2011

The Green Office Challenge is UIC Office of Sustainability‘s new program aimed at promoting green and sustainable practices on the UIC campus.  The Green Office Challenge encourages individual departments to implement sustainability initiatives within their everyday work environments.  It is a ground-up approach to sustainability on campus that seeks to make green office practices the standard way of doing business at this institution.

The program has six areas of focus:

  • Energy Management
  • Office Supplies
  • Waste Reduction & Recycling
  • Transportation
  • Food & Beverage
  • Networking & Engagement

IESP is excited to join the program to improve its many green office practices!

Visit the Green Office Challenge webpage to learn more about this program and how to sign up


June 30, 2011

Amélie Davis and Jinha Jung are the newest members of IESP. They were hired as Postdoctoral Research Associates to conduct research for the NSF funded two-year ULTRA-Ex project directed by David Wise.

Amélie will examine the connections between the biodiversity-recovery goals of the region-wide Green Infrastructure Vision of Chicago Wilderness and the delivery of critical ecosystem services to human communities throughout the Chicago region. Jinha will research options for a multi-faceted Chicago ULTRA-Hub. The Hub will include an interactive web-based platform for managing data, communicating research findings to planners and the public, and collaborating and interacting with scientists and practitioners. The ULTRA Hub will also be an umbrella center for urban ecosystem research and policy, and will partner with regional education and outreach programs. They both will develop the integrated theoretical and empirical framework for a long-term socio-ecological research program in the Chicago metropolitan region.

Welcome, Amélie and Jinha!


June 22, 2011

Emily Minor, IESP and Biological Sciences joint faculty, with Co-Investigator Kevin Matteson (Biological Sciences), received $150,000 from the National Science Foundation for a two year project to study pollination services across urban landscapes.

Click here for more information about this project and to acces the project’s webiste


May 19, 2011

Moira Zellner, IESP and Urban Planning and Policy joint faculty, with Co-Investigators Leilah Lyons (Computer Science) and Miquel Gonzaler-Meler (Biological Sciences), received $40,000 Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Pilor Research for their project titled “Participatory Modeling and Planning for Sustainable Water Management in the Chicago Region”. This is a two year project, co-sponsored by IESP and Departments of Urban Planning and Policy, Computer Science and Biological Sciences.


March 14, 2011IESP announces the predoctoral fellowship award competition for the 2011-2012 academic year. The IESP predoctoral fellowship program is open to any predoctoral student at UIC whose research is related to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship. Each fellowship carries with it a $15,000 award.

Applications are due Monday May 2, 2011 at 3:00PM


January 5, 2011
Click here to access the letter at the National Science Foundation website


November 15, 2010Shelie Miller was among only 85 recipients of this prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest award bestowed by the U.S. Government upon scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.


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