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Defining Sustainability

Sustainability at Illinois State University is an evolving process which enhances quality of life and meets the economic, social, and environmental needs of the present without compromising resources for future generations.

At Illinois State, this is accomplished through teaching, research, service, and administrative efforts that benefit our various communities.


For more than 150 years, Illinois State University has been preparing students to be informed and engaged citizens and leaders in their chosen fields. A strong commitment to a sustainable future ensures that the University’s tradition of excellence will continue well into the future. Promoting a healthy, safe, and environmentally sustainable campus is a central goal of the Illinois State University Educating Illinois, the 2008-2014 strategic plan.

Illinois State University strives toward a sustainable campus environment through teaching, research, and service to the people of Illinois, the nation, and the world by endeavoring to use environmentally sound business and operating practices and fostering a culture of sustainability among all members of the campus community.

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