UPDATE: Student Sustainability Committee (SSC)
February 13, 2023 8:32 PM

Hello from the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC)!

Did you know that all UIUC students pay $14 a semester for campus sustainability?

Since 2008, we've dedicated $16.19 million towards 334 individual projects that have decreased UIUC’s environmental impact, cultivated a culture of sustainability, and advanced Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) objectives. How did we do it? With the Illinois Green Fund, which is composed of two student-initiated fees ($12.06 per student per semester for the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee and $2 per student per semester for the Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee). We are a group of students made possible by students!

SSC uses the Illinois Green Fund to finance student-, staff-, and faculty-led sustainability projects. These projects are reviewed by one of our five Working Groups: Energy, Transportation & Infrastructure, Education & Justice, Food & Waste, and Land, Water, & Air. We’ve funded projects like Eco-Illini, Solar Decathlon, Red Oak Rain Garden, the Illini Union’s recycling bins, CIF’s geothermal system, and many more to come! 

Thanks to the support of students and the Board of Trustees, a $4 increase to our student fees has been approved—the Illinois Green Fund will increase by nearly 30 percent! This accomplishment will allow SSC to fund even more sustainable projects annually, continue to build engagement and community, and advance iCAP objectives.


As a board member, you will play a key role in the organization by leading or participating in Working Groups, the Communications team, or the Social Initiatives team. You will drive positive change on campus by voting on project applications each semester and spearheading SSC initiatives around campus. The time commitment is 3-4 hours per week. We encourage every student – graduate or undergraduate – with a passion for making our campus a greener place to APPLY HERE! The application closes MONDAY, MARCH 6. 


Join us for a sustainability career panel featuring leaders from the Illinois EPA, Urbana Park District, Illinois Environmental Council, Prairie Rivers Network, Sola Gratia Farm, and more! This event will be broken into two 50-minute sections separated by a break, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A. Food will be provided, with vegetarian-friendly options included. Please feel free to arrive late or leave early as your schedule allows!

February 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm
Campus Instructional Facility, Room 2035

This event is co-hosted by the Student Sustainability Committee, the Student Sustainability Leadership Council, and Students for Environmental Concerns

GET INVOLVED! Attend Working Group Meetings

These biweekly meetings are an opportunity for our Working Group Chairs to meet with project applicants and general members to discuss sustainable initiatives. Everyone is welcome!

  • Energy and Transportation & Infrastructure Working Groups

    • Every other Monday from 5:00-6:00 pm in CIF Room 0018

  • Food & Waste and Land, Water, & Air Working Groups

    • Every other Tuesday from 5:00-6:00 pm in CIF Room 2025

  • Education & Justice Working Group

    • Every other Thursday from 5:00-6:00 pm in CIF Room 2025

Check out our calendar and Instagram for more details on Working Group meetings!!


Do you have an idea for a project that promotes campus sustainability? We would love to fund you! Student-led project proposals under $10K are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis. For staff- and faculty-led projects, or student-led projects over $10K, apply by March 24. Learn more about the application process.

RECAP! Here are some ways to get involved with SSC:

The Student Sustainability Committee Team
Email | Website

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