The Sustainability Map illustrates how these aspects fit into a broader definition of sustainability. We've identified five categories for sustainability assets at UIC:
1. Education, Culture, and Social Justice - This category is for places that deal with matters of sustaining education, culture, social justice, diversity, and the lifestyles of campus community members. Programs and places that foster collaboration, cross-cultural dialogue, research, interdisciplinary studies, engagement and/or learning fall into this category.
2. Health and Wellness - This category includes places and programs that work to improve the overall health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the community. Food access, urban farming, fitness, physical/mental support systems, and innovative health solutions are all important to sustainability.
3. Transportation - It is important to consider transportation when thinking about sustainability. Places in the Transportation category can include the different modes of transit available on campus, and the programs that aim to improve the transportation situation for campus publics.
4. Nature and Environment - Places in this category relate to nature, outdoor spaces, the environment, “going green”, and efforts to reduce the university’s environmental impact.
5. Economy - Financial stability is an important aspect to sustainability. Places in this category deal with or improve the economic situation behind campus sustainability. Investment, resource efficiency, self-sustainability, or the concept of new urbanism may tie-in to these places.
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