Governors State University is committed to contributing positively to the society and environment of the region it serves.

Governors State has partnered with Energy Systems Group to assist in meeting its sustainability commitment by implementing energy conservation methods. ESG projects that GSU's carbon footprint will be reduced by more than 3,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. This is equivalent to one of the following annual environmental benefits:

  • Reduction of emissions equivalent to removing approximately 600 vehicles from the road
  • Creating enough energy to power more than 400 homes
  • Planting about 700 acres of forest

 

 

Community Garden

The University Sustainable Garden at GSU features 52 garden plots and is located on the east side of The Family Development Center. Ten plots are designated for GSU students to sustain a Student Food Pantry; for the Family Development Center to educate our youth on how to grow their own food; and for The College of Health and Human Services for a raised garden that is fully accessible.

The gardens are open from dawn to dusk, May to October. The planting deadline is July 1. Gardens left unplanted on July 1 will be cleared and made available for reassignment to current gardeners for fall planting only. They will then be open for new gardeners in the following season.

The GSU Facilities Department oversees the seasonal operation of the garden.

Plot Rental & Fees

  • Starter - 3.5'X10' (35 sq. ft) = $10
  • Single - 10'X10' (100 sq. ft) = $20
  • Blend - 10'X20' (200 sq. ft) = $20

Payment Deadline: June 15

To request a plot, bring the gardener's application and signed rules agreement to the Facilities Department, located at B1230 in the main campus building. For more information, call the Facilities Department at 708.235.7458. Plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Payments will be processed through the Cashier's Office. All plots should be fully planted by July 1.

Ask a Master Gardener

Ask Master Gardner Nancy Kuhajda your gardening questions, and get an answer within 24 hours. Click here»

Earth Day

Earth day is a day that allows GSU to promote, create awareness and appreciate the Earth's environment. Check back to see what GSU is planning for Earth Day, April 22, 2014.

Recycling Chart

What Gets Recycled

  • Newspaper-Newspaper and inserts
  • Cardboard -Empty and flatten all boxes
  • Other Fibers - Magazines, catalogs, computer paper, phone books, chipboard and junk mail
  • Plastic Containers - Only empty plastic containers that have a #17 on the bottom can be recycled
  • Tin and aluminum cans - please rinse out to avoid odor problem
  • Glass beverage containers - rinsed out, cap off
  • Batteries - in designated collection containers, A1, C1, F1, G1 and GMT Buildings
  • Inkjet and deskjet ink cartridges, cell phones - B1230

What is Not Recycled

  •  Please no soiled paper
  • Please no food contamination, wax coated boxes or packing material
  • Please no wax or foil coatings, no hard cover books
  • Please no styrofoam, plastic bags or glass
  • Please no aerosol cans, paint cans, unwashed cans, and no clothes hangers