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SIU’s sustainability projects flourish

CARBONDALE – The Sustainability Council at Southern Illinois University is reviewing 28 proposed projects designed to enhance campus sustainability using money from a student “green fee.”

The council composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the proposals and selects the strongest ones for funding.

The campus has nearly 170 sustainability projects made possible by the green fee, which was instituted by a campuswide referendum in 2009, The Southern Illinoisan reported. An environmental student organization led the initiative to adopt the $10 student fee in 2007.

Sustainability program coordinator Karen Schauwecker said the group drew the idea from other universities where students had paid a fee to help fund green initiatives on campus. Sustainability coordinator Geory Kurtzhals said such student fees are becoming common at universities that are trying to push sustainability.

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