Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.22
Liaison Rich Walker
Submission Date April 22, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Kevin Adkins
Sustainability Officer
Vice Chancellor for Administration
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes No
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience No
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences No
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills No
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution No
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives No

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

The purpose of Student Organization for Sustainability (SOS) is to promote awareness of environmental issues ranging from the local to the global scale and to take actions that might alleviate unsustainable activities. Besides promoting awareness and organizing activities, we will also strive to educate and instruct the campus and greater community about what can be done to solve environmental problems. Additionally, we will promote the sustainability of natural resources through appropriate means that affect and/or are affected by the campus, surrounding community, and global community.

Events include environmentally focused film discussions, trash clean ups, organic bake sales, Take Back the Tap, distribution of reusable water bottles, Earth Week Celebration, community services, and educational outreach.


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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The mission of The Gardens at SIUE is to create a venue of beauty and distinction that will support the educational and research components of the University; that will engage the public in educational opportunity and campus life; and that will provide a haven for relaxation and enjoyment for all.

The Gardens at SIUE, a Missouri Botanical Gardens Signature Garden, comprises existing woodlands, a pond, grasslands and an arboretum on a lush and rolling 35-acre site. The Gardens is a living laboratory dedicated to supporting the educational and research mission of the University. Environmental sustainability, conservation and stewardship are cornerstones of The Gardens' vision, providing a unique opportunity to research, implement and demonstrate innovative green technologies. Gardens, facilities and amenities feature renewable, recycled and sustainably produced materials.

The Gardens at SIUE is one of three of the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Gardens' Signature Gardens. To retain this designation, each garden is reviewed annually and must demonstrate proper horticultural display and maintenance practices, provide educational programs, and continue to evolve as a public garden.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

In 2008, 2009, and 2010 SIUE celebrated Earth Day. Then in 2011 and 2012, the celebration was turned into a week-long event called Earth Week.
Earth Week 2011 was a fantastic week of educational outreach and entertainment. Events included student presentations, a panel of faculty discussing sustainability, Cumberland Gap (a blue grass band), and a day focused on local businesses.
Events for 2012 Earth Week continued the tradition of representing SIUE's commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership. The week-long events included two bands, a student jazz combo, a demonstration on natural cleaning solutions, information tables on sustainability-related campus groups, a workshop titled: "Integrating Sustainability into the Collegiate Lifestyle," and volunteer day at the Gardens at SIUE, and a social for SOS members and associates.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:
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A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Outdoor Recreation program offers a variety of exciting opportunities to experience the great outdoors. From weekend biking, caving or climbing trips, to skiing the beautiful slopes in Copper Mountain, Colorado, we have something for just about everyone. Our primary goal is to provide opportunities for individuals to gain a greater appreciation, awareness, and understanding of our natural environment. Participants visit some of the most beautiful places in the United States, learn more about themselves and others, and make lasting friendships.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:
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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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