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. It provides 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.
- The Sustainability Council is run by 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.