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 & Minutes

View the Agendas and Minutes for the Carbondale Sustainability Commission meetings.

Sustainability Action Plan for Carbondale Survey

Climate change is expected to affect Carbondale with more flash flooding, more drought, and warmer nights. Inspired by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report and their call to reduce greenhouse gases and address climate change impacts already underway, the City of Carbondale's Sustainability Commission is developing a Sustainability Action Plan for Carbondale. The goal of this plan is to lay out steps for lowering Carbondale’s carbon footprint and promoting a resilient, just, and equitable community.

Right now, the Sustainability Commission is focusing on energy, transportation, food, water, and waste reduction. This survey is a first step in gathering input from Carbondale’s residents: Share your ideas for areas of sustainability to work on and specific actions that Carbondale –its public institutions, businesses, and residents—might take to increase resiliency.

Surveys can be downloaded here and may be dropped off at City Hall or submitted by email to


Aur Beck
Email Aur Beck
Jane Cogie
Email Jane Cogie
Nicholas Erwin (SIU Representative)
Tom Grant
Email Tom Grant
Sarah Heyer
Charles Howe
Email Charles Howe
Saxon Metzger
Loren Polley (Refuse & Recycling Supervisor)
Email Loren Polley
Shaunak Talapatra (CCHS Representative)

Scott Thorne
Email Scott Thorne


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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