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1.14 Sustainability Policy


For more than 150 years, Illinois State University has been preparing students to be informed and engaged citizens and leaders in their chosen fields.  A strong commitment to a sustainable future ensures that the University’s tradition of excellence will continue well into the future.  Promoting a healthy, safe and environmentally sustainable campus is a central goal of the Illinois State University Educating Illinois 2008-2014 strategic plan.  Illinois State University strives toward a sustainable campus environment through teaching, research, and service to the people of Illinois, the nation and the world, by endeavoring to use environmentally sound business and operating practices and fostering a culture of sustainability among all members of the campus community.

Definition of Sustainability

Sustainability at Illinois State University is an evolving process which enhances quality of life and meets economic, social, and environmental needs of the present without compromising resources for future generations. At Illinois State University, this is accomplished through teaching, research, service, and administrative efforts that benefit our various communities.


  • The University will comply with and or exceed applicable legislation, regulations and codes; including those pertaining to state agencies where practicable.
  • The University will review and report on sustainability performance at least every two years.
  • The University will celebrate our accomplishments, communicate honestly about challenges and seek continuous improvement.


Education is a lifelong process.  Illinois State University seeks to enhance environmental stewardship and sustainability literacy among the Illinois State community and beyond. The University will seek to:

  • Educate faculty, staff and students on the Sustainability Policy and University commitments to sustainability.
  • Promote development and expansion of sustainability related research and curriculum
  • Support sustainability related service and learning opportunities on and off campus
  • Encourage sustainability themed programming opportunities and events.

Campus Operations

In campus planning, operations and activities, Illinois State University will use resources in a manner that takes into consideration environmental, social and economic impacts. The University will seek to integrate sustainability considerations into all business decisions, including but not limited to:

  • Energy management
  • Procurement practices
  • Materials and resource management
  • Landscaping and grounds maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Dining
  • Building construction, renovation and maintenance

Community Engagement

As a public institution of higher education, Illinois State University seeks to take a leadership role in the community.

The University supports an inclusive and collaborative approach to sustainability.  The University will seek to:

  • Establish partnerships with government, business and community organization that strive to foster environmental consciousness and lead to the betterment of our campus and surrounding communities.
  • Encourage research by faculty that benefits local communities, businesses and organizations.
  • Share experiences and provide outreach to the community wherever feasible.
  • Increase awareness and inform the community on sustainability related issues.

Initiating body: The Green Team

Contact: Chuck Scott (309-438-2085)

Revised on: 1/1/2010

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