Programs and Initiatives

Unique Opportunities

Sustainability Shorts Film Festival

Through this student and staff curated film festival, we seek to educate, enlighten, and entertain our campus and community through the medium of film. We feature films of various styles from across the country and around the world, representing a wide variety of different perspectives on environmental sustainability. 

Native Plants Project

Sustainability students have helped to plant woodland wildflowers and prairie plants near LAR and Allen Hall to improve the health and well-being of pollinators in our area.

Bike Loan Program

Sustainability LLC students are able to borrow one of eight bikes purchased by the community. This program has been very active, to date, with all eight bikes being frequently in use. We also utilized Sustainability funds to purchase a bike maintenance stand for LAR, which is located near the north bike rack and available for all bike riders.

Food Fridays Program

Food Fridays is a new mini-field-trip program where we take students from the Sustainability LLC to various locations on or near campus that are doing work or projects related to food and sustainability. So far, we have gone to the Student Sustainable Farm, the University Apple Orchard, and Prairie Fruits Farm. Check out the guest blog post that Sustainability LLC student Matthew Niewiara wrote about these trips at

Baraboo, Wisconsin Field Study Course

Sustainability students who registered for our special section of the Environment and Sustainability Field Study (ESE 289) got to travel to Baraboo, WI in October. They had the opportunity to learn about and explore some of the beautiful landscapes in this part of the state.

Past Programs Have Also Included:

  • A trip to the AASHE Sustainability Student Summit in San Antonio, TX.
  • A year-end celebration and bonfire at the Kalyx Center for Sustainability in Monticello, IL.
  • A camping retreat in Turkey Run State Park, Indiana, helping park rangers to restore part of a wildlife exhibit. 
  • A trip to Dixon Springs, IL, where students hiked in the woods, and learned more about sustainable agricultural and land management practices.