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Sustainability Month

SIU is proud to participate in the Campus Sustainability Month throughout October. This annual event, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), celebrates higher education sustainability achievements on campuses while raising awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education. Check out our full calendar! 

SIU Sustainability
We moved up 40 spots on this year's list, to #156. We're proud of this national recognition and SIU's focus on sustainability.
Water Dawg

Meet Water Dawg! 

Water Dawg is a water refill station that provides potable water at outdoor events. This provides us with a way to stay hydrated without using disposable water bottles, thereby reducing plastic waste. SIU units interested in requesting a Water Dawg for their event can reach out to Plant and Service Operations at or 453-3621.

AASHE Silver Star rating

We are proud to have received a Silver rating on our 2016 STARS report (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainbility performance!

Did you know that you can contribute to our ratings? Read more here.

Sustainability at SIU

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


 Saluki Green Action Team 

The Saluki Green Action team is made up of students, faculty and staff of SIU, as well as community members who are committed to helping make our community more sustainable, starting with energy and water conservation. Our team members educate themselves and their peers by taking simple actions and developing habits that make a big difference. Join SGAT!


green-rsoGreen RSOs

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


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



The Sustainability Office receives notices for student opportunities. If you would like to receive updates on these, you can sign up here.  



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