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IIT Campus Sustainability wants to provide the best resources to you; whether it's finding out about farmer’s markets, links to find sustainable organizations, or answering your questions, you should be able to find it here.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Where do the materials we throw into the recycling bins go?

A1: Currently, we collect recyclable materials in three streams: paper, organics and containers (metal, glass, plastic). Organic waste recycling was just approved by the State of Illinois in late 2009, so implementation will be coming. Paper and container recyclable materials go to several different places depending on the material and area of campus from which they are collected. The complete breakdown can be found at

Q2: What research is IIT doing into sustainability?

A2: The Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability manages the implementation of sustainability into the campus operations. The Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research leads the charge on sustainability in the academic and research environment. Please visit for more information.

Q3: How can I get involved in making IIT the most sustainable urban university campus in the United States?

A3: Members of the IIT community, as well as regional partners, can attend the monthly Campus Sustainability Forums at which issues of the day are discussed, and information about IIT policies, projects and initiatives is presented. If you want to work for the Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability, or participate directly in one of the campus projects, please contact us at

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Sustainability Resources


What they Do

Resource for where and how to recycle just about anything

Eat Well Guide

Provides search and listings of local, sustainable, organic food suppliers like farmer’s markets, restaurants, grocery stores, Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) programs, etc.


Provider of environmentally friendly single use food service needs (cups, bowls, plates, etc.). Products are made with renewable resources like corn and sugarcane.

Excellent Packaging Supply

Provider of environmentally sustainable packaging, offering compostable, biodegradable and recyclable product lines as well as traditional packaging


USGBC manages LEED which is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

An association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future