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How We Keep SIU Green

Students changed the future of SIU in 2009 when they initiated the Green Fee, which equates to approximately $10 per semester, depending on total credit hours*. It was approved by 73% of students who voted in a campus-wide referendum. On May 7, 2009 the SIU Board of Trustees unanimously passed the fee, providing a regularized source of funding for on-campus sustainability projects.

  • The Sustainability Council was formed to make campus-wide recommendations concerning sustainability and allocate Green Fee revenue. It is comprised of students, faculty, and staff.
  • The Green Fund grant program is overseen by the Sustainability Council.

Instituted in 2009, the Green Fund has awarded funding for 193 projects, totaling over $2.2 million allocated in sustainability across the SIU Carbondale campus community. Categories of projects have included food, energy efficiency, renewable energy, greening/grounds, transportation, waste, and outreach for sustainability efforts.
Funded projects have ranged from events, to graduate and undergraduate research, to long-term investments in facilities on campus to ensure a sustainable future for the SIU campus.

Above is a showcase of some of the funded projects. You can download the pdf version here.

*As of fall 2018, the Green Fee was consolidated into the General Student Fee.