There are a wealth of opportunities to learn more about environmental issues and get involved in environmental activism on the IWU campus and in the Bloomington-Normal community. The IWU Environmental Studies Program frequently sponsors lectures and presentations on a variety of topics (see Events); former guests include nature photographer Tom Ulrich, filmmaker John De Graaf, coal mining activist Austin Hall, and Sean Babington of the Alaska Coalition. In addition, it hosts annual events including the Environmental Studies Picnic and Campus Sustainability Week.
For more information:
- Environmental Sustainability Initiatives - a sampling of IWU's many green initiatives.
- Community Action - information on environmental organizations in Central Illinois including volunteer and internship opportunities.
- GREENetwork - IWU's committee on sustainability, open to faculty, staff, administrators and students. Also check out the GREENetwork Blog to learn about ongoing green actions on and around campus.
- Sierra Student Coalition - IWU's highly active, completely student run "green group" focused on environmental advocacy.
- The Talloires Declaration - an action plan for incorporating sustainability into all aspects of the University (signed by IWU in 2007).
- IWU Peace Garden - a campus garden to help provide for the local community, teach principles of land stewardship, and engage students.