There are multiple sustainability and energy groups lead by UIC community members. These groups consist of student and faculty researchers, affiliated and non-affiliated with UIC, that explore and discuss topics related to energy and sustainability in a cross-disciplinary nature. Through collaborative approaches, community members can learn how to identify and solve real-world problems by addressing specific to broad topics in the field. The emphasis on research and diversity helps develop educational opportunities by integrating various lectures and discussions for a goal-driven energy portfolio.