Sustainability at Illinois Wesleyan

The University's GREENetwork is open to students, faculty and staff. Visit the GREENetwork blog for sustainability events, tips and updates.

The Environmental Studies Program, offering a major or minor in Environmental Studies, also seeks to inform and influence the University community.


The Campus Prairie Plot features drought-resistant native Illinois prairie plants.

 Campus Tree Map is a guide to the campus arboretum.

Find information on environmental organizations in Central Illinois, including volunteer and internship opportunities.

Student Organizations

Sierra Student Coalition

Browse all Registered Student Organizations


LEED logo

The Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center at Illinois Wesleyan was awarded silver certification as a LEED Green Building.

In addition to signing the Talloires Declaration — an action plan for incorporating sustainability into all aspects of the University — President Richard F. Wilson signed the Illinois Sustainable Universities Compact, which includes a commitment to sustainable building practices.

All future construction at Illinois Wesleyan will fulfill green building standards.

LEED and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.

In the News

The Pantagraph
The IWU Peace Garden is among recipients of grants from the McLean County Wellness Coalition. Also reported by WJBC radio.

The Pantagraph
Wesleyan students conducted a rally to oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Campus Headlines


Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo
Approximately 100 exhibitors and 20 presenters will explore the themes of Living Well & Living Green and Creating Healthy Communities on Saturday, April 12.


King '15 Learns About Community Gardens in Australia
Although she grew up in Midwest farm country, Amanda King '15 credits her study abroad experience more than 9,000 miles from home with new insights into the benefits of creating sustainable community gardens.

Dumpster Dive

Recycling: The History of a Legacy
In the early 1970s, Illinois Wesleyan joined colleges and universities across the United States in a growing movement to fight against the deterioration of the environment.


Campus Converts to Single-Stream Recycling
Students, staff and faculty worked together to carry out a shift to single-stream recycling, which will simplify recycling on campus.


Alumna Explores the Art of Found Object Costuming
Taylar (Kuzniar) Klouda '07 joins the trend of Found Object Costuming, creating green-friendly designs from common household items.


Illinois Wesleyan Joins Composting Effort
Thousands of pounds of food waste generated in the campus kitchen and dining hall have been rerouted from area landfills to a local farm through a new composting initiative.

Sandra Steingraber Environmentalist Alumna Speaks, Donates Papers
Sandra Steingraber '81 returned to her alma mater to donate her papers to a new special collection at The Ames Library, and to discuss her writings that bring awareness to the link between cancer and the environment.
Colin Beavan "No Impact Man" Says Choice Isn't "Monk or Merchant"
Launching No Impact Experiment Week, author Colin Beavan told the President's Convocation audience that finding ways to live well and save the planet don't have to be a choice between helping ourselves and helping others.

 Bleeding Green: RecycleMania Strengthens Sustainability at IWU

  IWU Magazine Traces Campus Steps Toward Sustainability