Sustainability Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 6 p.m.
  • 3rd Thursday of each month
  • Carbondale Civic Center
       200 S Illinois Avenue
       Room 103
       Carbondale, IL 62901

Meetings are subject to cancellation if there is no business to discuss. The News Media will be notified of changes to this meeting schedule in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

Agendas and Minutes

View Agendas and Minutes of the Carbondale Sustainability Commission.

Carbondale Sustainability Survey

The Sustainability Commission needs your help developing a Sustainability Action Plan for Carbondale.  

Throughout the summer, the Commission collected numerous strategies through its initial Sustainability Action Plan Survey. Ideas have been collected in five areas, including Energy Use in Built Structures, Energy Use In Transportation, Green Infrastructure, Food Consumption and Production, and Waste Reduction.

A new digital survey is available online. Participants are asked to rate some of the strategies as well as add their own. The deadline to submit survey responses is 5 p.m. on November 5.

If you have questions or concerns about the survey, contact Applied Research Consultants at For information regarding the Sustainability Action Plan, contact Jane Cogie, Sustainability Commission member, at (618) 713-7024.

If you prefer to share your views and ideas in-person or would like to learn more about this effort, the Sustainability Commission meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Carbondale Civic Center.


Aur Beck
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Jane Cogie
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Nicholas Erwin (SIU Representative)
Evan Ewing (CCHS Representative)
Tom Grant
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Sarah Heyer
Charles Howe
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Saxon Metzger
Loren Polley (Refuse & Recycling Supervisor)
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Scott Thorne
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The Sustainability Commission is responsible for:

  • Applying energy and environmental conservation principles throughout the City
  • Increasing energy efficiency in transportation
  • Recommending energy conservation in building code
  • Recycling and the use of reusable materials
  • Sharing information and expertise on environmental issues with other groups and organizations
  • Studying possible incentives for renewable energy and energy conservation


  • Nine members appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Council


  • One CCHS member, who resides within the City limits, to be appointed for a 1-year term
  • One SIU Student member, who resides within the City limits, to be appointed for a 1-year term
  • Two-thirds of all members must reside within City limits or 1 1/2 miles of City limits

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