May 30, 2015

The Bluestem Earth Festival 2014: Living with Justice and Care is a joint effort of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters and Associates and the Portiuncula Center for Prayer in Frankfort. This event will offer education and ideas for action on a broad range of topics.

USF Earth Week

April 13 - 17, 2015

Green Week at USF is a week-long annual event celebrating Earth Day in April. The events are intended to promote awareness and education about green initiatives and programs on campus and in the community that promote sustainable practices ranging from recycling and energy conservation to sustainable and healthy living.


March 24 - 28, 2014

This is a presentation by President & Founder of Sustainable Harvest International, Florence Reed. This presentation will take a look at the the global and local impacts of the unsustainable farming practices happening in the tropics and will then shift focus on Sustainable Harvest International's successful model for reversing those harmful farming trends.

As part of the week of March 24 to 28, we are also hosting a GREEN potluck for lunch on Thursday in the President’s Room from noon until about 1:30PM. We invite you to bring a vegetarian, vegan, sustainable, or organic dish to pass. Get your cook books out or check the Food Channel and find some healthy alternatives that would be fun for lunch. Because Sodexho is helping us out, we are limited to either cold dishes, that Sodexho will refrigerate or hot dishes that you can warm in a crock pot, slow cooker, etc. because it is not safe to keep a variety dishes warm (140 or higher) or feasible to heat all different sized dishes. If you bring a dish you are encouraged to invite a couple friends and we would like to post the recipes on the Greening of the Campus webpage. Please contact Bill Bromer X3467 or with questions, to reserve a spot or submit a recipe for the web page.


2012 Green Week Flyer

April 2, 2012
Download the official 2012 USF Green Week Flyer!
2012 Greening of Campus Updates

March 31, 2012
Here are two new flyers! Please download them for review! Visit our Recycling Page for more information.
New Recycling Initiative

October 13, 2010
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USF Signs Illinois Sustainability Compact

September 27, 2010
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The P3 Project

October 23, 2007
P3 Project: People, Prosperity and the Planet A Student Design Competition for Sustainability - An EPA Grant project
2008-2009 The University of St. Francis (USF) is embarking on a new water conservation project based on water collection from permeable pavers and other water collection systems. The project will also study contaminants in the water collected, as well as the feasibility of recycling rainwater for future use.

If successful, the program has the potential to serve over 2000 students and staff on campus, involving students, faculty, staff, and the neighborhood in setting an example to the entire community of the value of conserving water through collection, assessing levels of contaminants, remediating any contamination found, and ultimately reusing the water collected. Due date for grant application is Dec 20, 2008.
USF Receives Grant!

October 11, 2007

USF Receives $95,946.00 Grant

Illinois Clean Energy Foundation Lighting Grant

  • Grainger begins audit in February 2006 for proposed 2007 Lighting Grant.
  • Lighting Grant would partially fund lighting upgrade on campus.
  • T12 system would be replaced by new energy efficient T8 Fixtures and in some cases, replace with energy efficient ballasts and exit lighting.
  • The upgrade would improve lighting quality on campus and reduce operating and maintenance expenses.
  • The estimated cost of the project is $172,920.96.
  • The total savings is estimated to be approximately $54,896.00 in the first year. Over ten years, we will save about $629,319.00.

Campus Community,

To continue with our campus greening effort, the asphalt removed for the brick pathway was recycled and will be reused to resurface existing driveways.

Greening of Campus Community (GCC)