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SIU is proud to participate in the Campus Sustainability Month throughout October. This annual event, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), celebrates higher education sustainability achievements on campuses while raising awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education.

We are on air! Listen to our Sustainability Coordinator share details about the Sustainability Month on WDBX's Talk with Les & Gar - Monday Oct. 8, the Community Radio for Southern Illinois!

                       Sustainability Month - 2018
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All Month Long:  

  • Join us for the online Ecochallenge  
    • We are teaming up with SIU Edwardsville to form the SIUnited team. Join us by signing up and setting goals for actions to take. Earn points along the way!

  • Registration open: Green Office SLEUTHS program 
    • Help SIU go green one office at a time! Commit your office to incorporating small steps that will contribute to campus-wide energy conservation and waste reduction. You will work with a student SLEUTH to create a plan that fits your office. Registration is open!

  • Staff position open now: Sustainability Council  
    • The Sustainability Council at Southern Illinois University 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.


*Requires pre-registration


Friday October 5, 12:00 pm 

First Friday Grene Tour

Sustainability Hub


Saturday October 6, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Native Tree and Plant Sale 

Keep Carbondale Beautiful and Green Earth 

Murdale Ace Hardware 


Sunday October 7 – Saturday October 13 

Sustainable AR Contest 

Hosted by: Southern Illinois Pokemon GO Community 

SIU Campus 

Find Pokemons while assisting the Office of Sustainability collect valuable data on waste reduction. A solar powered phone charger will be raffled off at the end of the week!


Tuesday October 9, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

Saluki Green Action Team Meet Up 

Morris Lawn 

Stop by our tent to talk sustainability and enjoy a slice of pizza!


Tuesday October 9, 5:00pm- 6:00 pm 


Student Center, Front Entrance 

Recreational Sports and Services

A Swedish fitness craze! "Plocka" up waste while jogging! 


Wednesday October 10, 5:00 pm 

Green Fund Workshop 

Engineering Rm A122 


Thursday October 11, 4:00 pm

Fall Seminar Series

Zoology, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laborator, and the Center for Ecology



Friday October 12, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm  

Sustainability Curriculum Workshop* 

RSVP for details 

Facilitator: Dr. Connie Frey Spurlock, Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director, SIUE Successful Communities CollaborativeSustainability Across the Curriculum facilitator for AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)
Who should attend: Faculty interested in integrating sustainability into current or future higher education courses. Non-SIU faculty are also welcome.When: October 12, noon - 4pm
Where: SIU Carbondale Morris Library Room 754 (Location subject to change dependent on enrollment. You will be notified of finalized location after you have RSVP’d.)
Cost: Free to regional educators (college/university)RSVP: email Geory Kurtzhals, SIU Sustainability Coordinator at by October 7th to confirm your spot in the class. Include your name, institution, and educational focus.
Bring: a reusable drink container, a name tag (if you already have one), and a project (new course, assignment needing revision, etc.) to focus your efforts. 


Friday October 12, 4:00 pm

Tree Stand Improvement and Environmental Interpretation

SIU Society of American Foresters

Thompson Woods


Saturday October 13, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm 

Mountain Bike Trail Stewardship Day* 

Touch of Nature 

Hosted by: Touch of Nature

Help build TON'S new multi-use mountain bike trail. Bring a water bottle, long pants, and close-toe shoes. TON will provide tools, gloves, protection and Papa Johns Pizza for lunch! Email


Sunday October 14, 21, and 28,  9:00 am -4:00 pm  

Trail Stewardship Days* 

Touch of Nature 


Tuesday October 16, 10:00 am - noon 

Tree Day, Tree Campus USA 

Ag Building, front lawn  

180 local 4th grade students come to campus for a Tree ID walk and demonstrations of tree climbing and timbersports! Event hosted by Tree Campus USA and put on by volunteers from the Forestry department.


Thursday October 18, 4:00 pm

Fall Seminar Series

Zoology, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laborator, and the Center for Ecology



Saturday October 20, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Saluki Green Action Team Homecoming Tailgate* 

Saluki Stadium 

SIU Athletics and the Office of Sustainability have teamed up to reduce waste at ALL home football games this fall! Each game, our volunteers encourage recycling efforts in the tailgating areas and stadium by passing out bags for recyclables, providing gentle reminders, and more!  Sign up for the Homecoming game on October 20.


Saturday October 20, All day 

Empty Bowls 

Neighborhood Co-op Grocery 

Happening Oct. 20. Neighborhood Co-op Grocery will host the Annual Empty Bowls event with SIU Ceramics. SIU students create beautiful bowls that are sold to raise money for Good Samaritan House of Carbondale. Empty Bowls is a worldwide movement that brings awareness to fighting hunger. In support of this mission, the Co-op will donate free soup to everyone who purchases a bowl.


Monday October 22, 4:00 pm

Fall Seminar Series

Zoology, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laborator, and the Center for Ecology

Dr. Sharon Suri

Worldfish (An international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty)


Monday October 22 - Sunday October 28

Geocaching with the Geography and Environmental Resources Department

Get to know the geography of our campus while winning prizes! View details here. For more information contact Audrey Wagner at


Wednesday October 24, 5:30 pm 

Farm to Fork Dinner* 

Trueblood Commons 

Enjoy local food and farmers at the Fall Farm to Fork Feast! Check out the menu and purchase your tickets today!


Wednesday October 24 

Application for Sustainability Council DUE 


Friday October 26, 10:00 am 

Sustainability Council Meeting 

Morris Library Rm 752 


Friday October 26, 5:30 pm

Greyhawke Gamers Guild - Environmental game night

Join the Greyhawke Gamers Guild for a sustainable themed game night! Games include: Catan; Coldwater Crown; Photosynthesis; Eco-Fluxx.


Sunday October 28, 1:00 pm 

Keep Carbondale Beautiful Clean up 

Town Square Pavilion 


Tuesday October 30, 4:30 pm 

Green Fund Workshop 

Morris Library 480A 


Tuesday October 30, 4:00- 7:00 pm 

Clothing Swap and Gender Expression Fair 

Student Center, International Lounge 

The Office of Sustainability and the LGBTQ Resource Center are collaborating to celebrate gender expression and waste reduction! Have lightly-used clothing that no longer represents you or just don't wear? Don't throw it away! Bring it to the clothing swap and trade it for something that expresses who you are! 



SIU is proud to participate in the Campus Sustainability Month throughout October. This annual event, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), celebrates higher education sustainability achievements on campuses while raising awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education.

To celebrate, the Sustainability Office has created a month-long calender of activities that you can get involved in.

Don't forget to use #SIUSustainabilityMonth in your posts!

We hope you will join as we celebrate our sustainability successes!

***Note: Events listed in green are sponsored by, or a collaboration with, SIU Sustainability.*** 

Thank you to campus and community members who submitted events for our calendar! 

Sustainability Month - 2017


----------------------------------- 2017 EXTENDED CALENDAR -----------------------------------

Saluki Green Action Team Day
North Student Center
October 2, 11AM - 1PM

Sustainability Collaborative
Innovation & Sustainability Hub
October 2, 5PM - 6PM

EcoRep Huddle
Innovation & Sustainability Hub
October 3, 7PM

Conservation Fair
DuQuoin Fair Grounds
(Hosted by Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District, for grades 1-5)
October 4 and 5, 9AM - 2PM

First Friday Green Tour
Innovation & Sustainability Hub
October 6, NOON

Breaking The Surface
Touch of Nature
October 7, 1PM - 5PM

Native Tree and Plant Sale
Murdale True Value parking lot
(Support Green Earth and Keep Carbondale Beautiful)
Saturday, October 7, 8AM - 2PM

Kaleidoscope of Outdoor Living - Land Navigation
Touch of Nature 
Basic: Wednesday, October 11, 2PM - 5PM ($15)
Advanced: Thursday, October 12, 2PM - 5PM ($30)

Faculty Brown Bag Sustainability Chat
Engineering E101
October 12, NOON

Saluki Service Days
Saluki Food Pantry Service Day - North entrance of Student Center
October 13, 10AM-1PM

Homecoming: SIU v. Illinois State
Join us at Saluki Stadium and in the tailgating areas as we promote recycling.
October 14, 2PM

Kaleidoscope of Outdoor Living - Rock Climbing
Touch of Nature 
Basic: Wednesday, October 18, 2PM - 5PM ($20)
Advanced: Thursday, October 19, 2PM - 5PM ($35)

Carbondale Sustainability Commission Meeting 
Carbondale Civic Center
(City commission meets monthly on 3rd Thursday)
Thursday, October 19, 6PM

Dr. Sadik Seminar
Lesar Law Auditorium
October 19, 7PM

Bike Repair Workshop
Craft Shop, Student Center
Learn to fix your own bike, brakes, flat tires, Adjust or replace shifting cables, tighten bearings, true wheels. The bigger the class the more repair items we can learn from. Bring your bike.
October 20, 3PM – 5PM
Cost: SIU Students $10, Community Members $15

Saluki Service Days 
Touch of Nature Trail Stewardship Day
Touch of Nature
October 22, 9AM - NOON, 1PM - 4PM

Green Fund Workshop
Morris Library 752/754
October 23, NOON-1PM

United Nations Day
Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library
October 24, 7PM

Sustainability Council Meeting
Morris Library
October 25, 1:30PM - 2:30PM

Kaleidoscope of Outdoor Living - Leave No Trace Basic Course
Touch of Nature 
Thursday, October 26, 2PM - 5PM ($15)

Paper Making Workshop - Craft Shop, Student Center
Section 1 Friday October 27, 3PM – 5:30PM
Section 2 Saturday October 28, 2PM – 4:30PM
Use recycled and nature found materials to make one of a kind art paper. Great for special occasions, printing, stamping and other crafty endeavors.
SIU Students $10 Community Members $20

Kaleidoscope of Outdoor Living - Camp Crafts Overnight Course
Touch of Nature 
Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 5PM - 10AM ($60)

Saluki Service Days 
Make a Difference Day with KCB
KCB Cleanup starts at Town Square Pavilion
Saturday, Oct 28, 9AM

They Call Me Q - by Qurrat Ann Kadwani
University Honors Program and the Multicultural Resource Center
Student Center Auditorium
October 30, 
6PM -7:30PM