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Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council at Southern Illinois University Carbondale provides recommendations and advice related to sustainability policies for the SIU campus. The Council is composed of nine members: three students, three faculty, and three staff, who are committed to advancing sustainability efforts on campus. Members apply to serve on the Council where they guide the vision of sustainability for SIU and make decisions regarding Green Fee distribution.

Students serve one-year terms while faculty and staff terms are two years.

All members are expected to attend every Sustainability Council meeting. Meetings are generally scheduled one time per month during the academic year. In addition, there are other committee responsibilities. Note that all students serve on the Green Fund Committee, which includes an extensive time commitment. Former Green Fund Committee student members have commented, however, that the skills developed as a part of this commitment are invaluable.

Interested students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend a Sustainability Council meeting to determine if they would like to apply and can submit an application at any time for future consideration. 

The STUDENT membership application is available here. Students from any area of study are welcome to apply!
The FACULTY membership application is available here.
The STAFF membership application is available here.
Completed membership applications should be emailed to with "Sustainability Council Application" in the subject line.

The spring 2020 meetings are scheduled on the following dates: 1/24, 2/21, 3/27, 4/10; May meeting date yet to be finalized. Location: Morris Library 754; Time: 12:30 pm 

The Council’s Operating Papers can be found here

Contact Information

Please contact with questions, comments.

Council Members
Name Membership Department Term Began/Begins
Connie Kaniewski Graduate Student Geography & Env. Resources Fall 2018; Fall 2019
Seth Traiteur Undergraduate Student Civil Engineering Spring 2019; Fall 2019
Dylan Gibson Graduate Student Geography & Env. Resources Fall 2018; Fall 2019
Tao Huang Faculty Art and Design Spring 2016; Fall 2018
Leslie Duram Faculty Geography & Env. Resources 2013; Fall 2019
Kofi Akamani Faculty College of Agricultural Sciences Fall 2019
Sally Wright Staff Recreational Sports and Services Fall 2016; Fall 2018
Brad Cowley Staff PSO Building Services Spring 2019; Fall 2019
Sarah Marbes Staff Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism Fall 2019

Note: If there are two dates listed under "Term Began," the first refers to the first appointment on the council and the second refers to the start of the member's most recent term.

Terms officially begin at the start of the fiscal year. However, because the Sustainability Council does not regularly meet in the summer, terms are noted here as beginning in the fall semester. If spring semesters are noted, it is because the member completed/is completing the term of a prior member.

Sustainability Council Members

Sustainability Council Members (as of Fall 2019), left to right: Geory Kurtzhals - Director, Office of Sustainability, Kofi Akamani, Sarah Marbes, Seth Traiteur, Connie Kaniewski, Dylan Gibson, Leslie Duram, Tao Huang, and Sally Wright (Absent: Brad Cowley).