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Interested in becoming part of SSC? We are looking for new members for our working groups year-round, and new members for the voting board every spring semester. Information on both types of involvement are below.

* SSC is currently looking for new board members for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year! Undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of study will be considered. Apply anytime from now until May 14, 2021. Submit an application.

Join the Student Sustainability Committee

Committee members review projects for funding, follow up with ongoing projects, and contribute toward various sustainability initiatives on campus. The committee has eighteen student, six faculty, and four staff members.

Student Members

Student committee members are appointed through an application process managed by SSC and overseen by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Student committee members are selected by the SSC. Most student committee members have participated in SSC Working Groups prior to being appointed onto the committee.

Faculty & Staff Members

Faculty and staff ex-officio members are selected by the committee in conjunction with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Faculty and staff ex-officio members do not have term limits and can agree to serve on a year by year basis.

If you are interested in serving on the committee as a faculty or staff member, please email sustainability-committee@illinois.edu. Appointments occur at the end of each spring semester.

Working Groups

SSC identifies five focus areas for sustainability on campus. Working groups explore potential projects for future funding within each respective focus area. In addition, working groups evaluate project applications and make recommendations to the committee for project funding. Each working group is chaired by a student SSC member and advised by a faculty or staff SSC member.

  1. Education & Justice explores ways to further incorporate sustainability into curriculum, programming, and departmental educational missions. The justice component was recently added (2020) to also address environmental justice issues. Contact this working group by emailing SSC-EducationAndJustice@illinois.edu.
  2. Energy pursues possibilities for carbon reduction through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green building. Contact this working group by emailing SSC-Energy@illinois.edu.
  3. Food & Waste looks for opportunities to expand sustainable food consumption and responsible waste practices. Contact this working group by emailing SSC-FoodAndWaste@illinois.edu.
  4. Land, Water, & Air analyzes air pollution, carbon sequestration and reducing inputs for managing landscapes. This working group also examines potable water use reduction, greywater use, and water conservation in campus facilities. Contact this working group by emailing SSC-LandWaterAir@illinois.edu.
  5. Transportation & Infrastructure seeks low and zero emissions modes of transportation for students, faculty, and staff. Sustainable infrastructure and development on campus is also a focus. Contact this working group by emailing SSC-Transportation@illinois.edu.
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