1989 - In response to the 1988 Illinois Solid Waste Management Act, Illinois State’s Office of Residential life, now University Housing, began a recycling program in the residence halls.
1993 - A pilot recycling program was launched for academic and administrative facilities. This program initially established recycling of two commodities (paper and aluminum) in 13 buildings, but later expanded to eight commodities in 48 buildings.
April 2000 - President Victor Boschini appointed the Environmental Task Force (ETF) to assess the extent of the campus' environmental impact and to make recommendations to the President and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for minimizing that impact.
August 2001 - The Environmental Task Force releases its recommendations.
September 2001 - The Green Team is officially established by presidential directive, requiring representation from all four vice presidential areas.
November 2002 - The Green Team website is launched.
April 2006 - Illinois State is awarded the Green Government Award by the Illinois Green Governing Coordinating Council for its efforts in energy efficiency and overall general achievements.
November 2006 - The first annual Healthy You Healthy Earth wellness and environmental fair is held at Illinois State.
April 2007 - Illinois State signs the Illinois Sustainable University Compact.
August 2007 - Illinois State hosts the Illinois Sustainable University Symposium.
August 2007 - Illinois State hires its first ever Sustainability Coordinator.