Jul 5 2021

UIC 2021 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

Finding Ecosystem: Seeking the World Beyond Your Cave

July 5 - 16, 2021

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Virtual Event


Chicago, IL 60612



UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy 2021

The 11th annual UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy will consider the process of finding ecosystems in energy and the environment and how we can mobilize change to affect climate change and address issues of environmental justice.

Learn more about the 2021 Program.


Apply to be a 2021 SISE Fellow.


Since March 2020, the idea of staying within one’s “bubble” has been a necessary part of daily life. But bubbles are not new, and individuals have been in “bubbles” their whole lives. Some are elected, such as political or ideological affiliations, and some are assigned due to race or gender. We can move freely between some bubbles, and sometimes we can exist in two bubbles simultaneously.

Bubbles. Silos. Ecosystems. Depending on one’s frameworks, and whether we consider the micro or the macro levels, perspectives gained can be focused or broad, restrictive, or all-encompassing. So when we talk about “energy” and “environment” and “climate change,” what do we include and exclude in our individual and collective definitions, our “bubbles”? And what do we not know (that we don’t know) that would impact our personal opinions and collective choices?

In SISE 2021: Finding Ecosystem, we will consider the broad ecosystem of energy, how that fits into the response to climate change, and how a broad strategy inclusive of science, culture, and environmental justice can be catalysts for creating change. Selected Fellows will be asked to hone their critical thinking skills throughout as they engage experts and each other through rigorous discussion and debate.


Thomas Alaan

Date posted

Apr 21, 2021

Date updated

Apr 21, 2021