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SIU Sustainability

SIU Carbondale is proud to be a STARS silver rated institution.

The Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure the sustainability performance. Click here for more information about our performance!

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BFU Bronze Rating

Congratulations! Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been awarded a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University rating!

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Tree Campus USA

In 2015 SIU earned the Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation! Click here for more information.

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A Sustainability Success Story

"Sustainability has helped me hone in on my love for people and the environment. Working at the SIU Sustainability Office allowed me to acquire skills that helped me gain a position after graduate school. I was fortunate to have a supervisor that not only guided me, but also gave me the freedom to pursue new ideas about programs and events I had for the office." 

- Cami Sockow, Sustainability Program Coordinator at Georgia Southern University, Former SIU Sustainability GA


SIU has a long history of sustainability-related initiatives, going back to the days when R. Buckminster Fuller was a faculty member at the university. We were the first university in Illinois to sign the Talloires Declaration and we are proud of our sustainability-related achievements, including:

Our student-initiated green fee has supported the allocation of over $2 million dollars toward campus sustainability initiatives. However, we know there is much more work to be done. Through the generous support of our alumni and donors, SIU Sustainability hopes to continue to move our campus forward from a sustainability perspective. We appreciate any and all contributions to help support our students, our campus, and our community.

Donations will support our Sustainability Activities Fund. This is a general fund to support the activities and promotions of the Sustainability Office. However, donations can be ear-marked for any of the following.

  • Student Sustainability Travel Award - A fund to support sending students to sustainability-related conferences.
  • Recycling Program – A fund to support SIU’s recycling program and promotion. We have a plan in place to modernize our recycling process, including updated bins and signage. More information about the recycling program can be found here.
  • Sustainability Fellowships - A fund to support our Sustainability Fellows program. Though currently an unpaid internship program, generous support from donors would provide a financial support for the work of these student leaders. More information about the existing program can be found here.
  • Green Fund – A fund to support campus green initiatives. More information can be found about this grant program here.

To make a donation, use the button below. It will take you to the SIU Foundation, a designated 501(c) (3) organization with appropriate approval from the Internal Revenue Service to issue tax-deductible receipts for private gifts.  Thank you for your support.