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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 and saving money. 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 (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) report. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance! Did you know that you can contribute to our ratings? Read more here.

Exploring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Did you miss our spring event? It included a series of interactive and educational stations and helped our community understand that Sustainable Development transforms lives, economies, and our planet. The event was a collaborative initiative of the following stakeholders: SIU Sustainability, SIU United Nations Association Registered Student Organization, and the United Nations Association of the USA Southern Illinois Chapter. Additional information can be found here! Save the date for another event: United Nations Day: Thursday, October 24, 2019!
In case you missed the energy forum
Learn about clean energy and climate challenges that lie ahead. The Energy Forum, held in early November, featured keynote presentation with Justin Schoof entitled "Understanding the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5%C." If you missed the event, you can catch up on the information by watching the taped version! Want to help us take action? Joining a sustainability working group is one of many campus options.
Give Before you Go! FLyer
From May 3rd - 11th, University Housing collaborated with the Sustainability Office and other on-campus and off-campus stakeholders to divert unwanted items from the landfill! How did it work? Students living in the residence halls donated unwanted items during move-out by placing them in designated spots.  Local stakeholders collected and distributed items to local thrift stores and community organizations in need. Find out more here or contact us at

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