SIU is named a "Green University" by the Princeton Review


Reporter - Kathryn DiGisi

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University has been named a "green University" by the Princeton Review for the second year in a row.

They are one of 322 universities around the country to receive this honor.

Sydney Klein works for the student-run farmers market every Wednesday

Selling for discounted prices the fruits...and vegetables...of her labor, that come from an organic garden.

"It's a good way to reduce our footprint on the earth," said Klein.

A campus organization called LOGIC sows the seeds and reaps the profit of the garden, and gives it right back to the school.

Sustainability coordinator Kris Schachel says it is organizations like this one that helped SIU land a spot on Princeton Review's "green Universities" list.

"Habits that they've either arrived to campus with or they've developed here, we know that they're going to carry forward after they're done at SIU," said Schachel.

Klein says she wants her peers to join her in the "green" initiative and keep SIU high-ranking among sustainable universities.

"I've seen a lot of change since I've moved here even and I think students are becoming much more knowledgeable about sustainability," said Klein.

SIU has several other "green" projects on the calendar; they are planning a "bike to school" day and are pushing "up-cycling", the idea that trash can be made into art.