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Exploring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Join us on February 28th, 11am-1pm in the SIU Student Center Art Gallery for a series of interactive and educational stations and help our community understand that Sustainable Development transforms lives, economies, and our planet. The event is 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.
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 sustainability performance!

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

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.
Green School

SIU earned a spot in Princeton Review’s 2018 “Guide to 399 Green Colleges.” This is our 7th time to be included in the guide. 

We prove our commitment to sustainability in various ways, including a football game recycling initiative that’s enabled Salukis to divert 5,200 pounds of recyclables from the landfill already this fall. Our season goal is 6,000 pounds. Thanks to many such efforts, we’ve received this honor 6 years in a row!

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.

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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