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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. Applications are currently open for student, faculty, and staff positions to begin during the fall 2019 semester. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2019. 

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 2019 meetings as scheduled as follows:
January 28 - 5:30 pm in Morris Library, room 754.
February 18 - 5:15 pm in Morris Library, room 752.
March 18 - 5:15 pm in Morris Library, room 752.
April 8 - 5:15 pm in Morris Library, room 752.
April 16 - Special closed meeting scheduled to continue discussion of Green Fund grant distribution. 
April 29 - 5:15 pm in Morris Library, room 752.

The Council’s Operating Papers can be found here

Council Members

Name Membership Department Term Began/Begins
Connie Kaniewski Undergraduate Student Geography & Env. Resources Fall 2018
Seth Traiteur Undergraduate Student Civil Engineering Spring 2019
Dylan Gibson Graduate Student Geography & Env. Resources Fall 2018
Leslie Duram Faculty Geography & Env. Resources 2013; Fall 2017
Tao Huang Faculty Art and Design Spring 2016; Fall 2018
Shannon McDonald Faculty Architecture Fall 2016; Fall 2018
Sally Wright Staff Recreational Sports and Services Fall 2016; Fall 2018
Brad Cowley Staff PSO Building Services Spring 2019
Betsy Bishop Staff Student Health Services Fall 2017

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.

Sustainability Council Members

Spring 2019 Sustainability Council Members, left to right: Geory Kurtzhals - Sustainability Coordinator, Sally Wright, Betsy Bishop, Connie Kaniewski, Shannon McDonald, Tao Huang, Dylan Gibson, Brad Cowley, and Seth Traiteur (Absent: Leslie Duram).