The Energy Resources Center (ERC) is an
interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects
organization dedicated to improving energy efficiency and the environment.
Based out of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois
at Chicago (UIC), the ERC was established in 1973 by the Board of
Trustees as an approved Illinois Board of Higher Education center.
The ERC’s stated mandate is to conduct studies in the fields
of energy and the environment and to provide industry, utilities,
government agencies and the public with assistance, information,
and advice on new technologies, public policy, and professional
Fast Track Response
The ERC is not a traditional university academic unit. The Center
was created as a "fast response" team of experts capable
of quickly extending technical expertise, advice, and professional
assistance to organizations in need of the Center’s resources.
As one of the nation’s land-grant universities, this activity
meets the University of Illinois’ mandate to provide public
service and assistance to the state’s industrial, residential
and commercial sectors.
To carry out these objectives the ERC is staffed by a group of hands-on
professional engineers, economists, architects, computer science
specialists, educators, and public policy analysts. Senior staff
have advanced degrees in their fields of expertise and many hold
certification as Professional Engineers (PE), Professional Architects
(PA) and Certified Energy Managers (CEM). When other specialized
skills are required, ERC draws upon the UIC faculty for support.
Center staff members have collaborated with members of academic
departments and administrative units including the College of Engineering,
the College of Education, the School of Public Health, the departments
of Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Geography,
Mechanical Engineering, Physical Plant, Chicago Area Geographic
Information Survey (CAGIS), and the Survey Research Laboratory.