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SIU Sustainability

Earth Day is April 22nd, but we are going to celebrate the entire month of April! We know that the campus and the community are busy planning their events already! If you would like your event to be added to our master calendar, please follow the following link and fill out the form. Earth Month 2018 Event Form

SIU has been recognized in the AASHE sustainability publication for our water refill stations

As of August 2017, SIU has installed at least 32 water bottle refill stations on campus. To date, patrons who use these water refill stations have potentially avoided the use of more than one million single use bottles. Congratulations, Salukis! You can get a free reusable water bottle from the Sustainability Hub! Read more in the AASHE Sustainable Campus Index.

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SIU Carbondale is proud to be a STARS silver rated institution.

The Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure the sustainability performance. Click here for more information about our performance!

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First Friday Green Tours

Experience SIU sustainability initiatives first hand! Join us for one of our First Friday Green Tours!  We will visit previously funded Green Fund projects such as the bicycle fix-it stations, a solar powered picnic table, and a roof top garden on the Agriculture building.  All tours start at the Sustainability Hub in the Student Center at Noon. 

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Tree Campus USA

In 2015 SIU earned the Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation! Click here for more information.

At SIU, we believe that the daily actions of every individual can drive a more sustainable community. The Sustainability Office catalyzes sustainable decision making on campus, with a goal of balancing environmental health, social equity, and economic prosperity. We are guided by the following: 

Our Mission: The Sustainability Office at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is committed to empowering a culture of sustainability through collaborative campus-based solutions across academics, operations, research, and campus life.

Our Vision: We envision a community that embodies ethical and sustainable actions in everyday decision making. By inspiring innovative solutions and encouraging cross-functional collaboration, we strive to create a model campus environment that engages students and community members in sustainable lifestyles. We guide our campus members to be responsible citizens who positively impact a global community through local actions. 

Our Values: As we strive to integrate sustainability into our culture, we are committed to the following values:  

            Respect, Responsibility, Diversity, Collaboration, Lifelong Learning

Get Involved In Sustainability


Want to educate your students or office team about sustainability? Find more information here.


SIU provides numerous service and volunteer opportunities for our campus community members.  Most of these opportunities are coordinated through the Saluki Volunteer Corps, and sustainability related service opportunities can be found here.

Going Green LLC

The Going Green LLC consists of new and returning students interested in sustainability and includes opportunities that cultivate student understanding of issues related sustainability.  
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Green RSOs

RSOs that promote sustainability-related values and the appreciation of Southern Illinois are included here.