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We encourage and promote RSOs that embrace sustainability!  If your RSO works to create a more sustainability-minded campus or community, you can be featured here by sending your information to 

S.E.N.S.E. (Students Embracing Nature, Sustainability, and the Environment)

Many of the sustainability efforts on campus originated with S.E.N.S.E. (formerly Eco-Dawgs), a registered student organization that sought to implement a student green fee and the formation of a sustainability council. Their mission: “To advance sustainability at SIU by demonstrating leadership through education, networking, campaigning, project implementation, active demonstrations, events, and community service.”  A presentation about their past work can be found here!

LOGIC (Local Gardening Initiative of Carbondale)

LOGIC is an RSO interested in expanding local food production on campus and in the surrounding community areas.  Its mission is to: “provide produce for the university community at SIU, to promote awareness of the profitability and feasibility of gardening in our area, and to provide education and outreach for students and the larger community.”  A presentation about their past work can be found here!

SIU Restoration Club 

The Restoration Club is a student organization for creating and managing native habitats on campus and the Southern Illinois surrounding area.  Their mission is to: “improve the ecology of southern Illinois while learning about the science and practice of restoration ecology.”

Gaia House RSO

Hosted by the campus interfaith center, students provide regularly scheduled programs and special events in support of spiritual development, social justice, and ecological sustainability.  Each month, they feature several special events that explore new social justice, environmental, and spiritual themes.

Environmental Law Society

Formed for law students interested in environmental, energy, and natural resource law, the mission of ELS is to encourage environmental awareness and stewardship through community involvement and sharing of appropriate news and research.  Past programs include a panel discussion on the regulation of fracking in Southern Illinois and the legal fallout from the 2011 breach of the Bird’s Point levee.

Beautify Southern Illinois Student Alliance

Beautify Southern Illinois Campaign is dedicated to cleaning up the litter in southern Illinois, conducting positive environmental projects, and educating others on the importance of doing so in order to create environmental sustainability for the area.  Check out their Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Industrial Design Society of America - Carbondale 

Industrial Design Society of America LogoIDSA Carbondale is a design-oriented RSO concerned with the relationship between people, materials, and systems of behavior surrounding the two. We look for ways to create a more sustainable future with the materials that we use, how we use them, and how we re-use them. We work with and for other RSO's, utilizing design thinking methodologies to find solutions to both small and large-scale issues ranging from rapid prototyping to minimizing humanity's ecological footprint. We are currently developing a waste management system that will recycle the plastic waste for the purpose of 3D printed prototypes, allowing campus departments that utilize this technology to become more self-sufficient. IDSA is taking up the task of motivating individuals to think big, find solutions, and helps put them into practice. Check us out on Facebook!