FAQ's and Resources

Illinois Tech’s Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability wants to provide the best resources to you. Whether it's learning about farmer’s markets, getting links to find sustainable organizations, or answering questions, you should be able to find it here.

Didn't see the information you were looking for or want to add a resource? Please email the office directly at campussustainability@iit.edu .

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Where do the materials that 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 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 the area of campus from which they are collected.

Q2: What research is Illinois Tech 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 (WISER) leads the charge on sustainability in the academic and research environment. Please visit the WISER website for more information.

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

A3: Members of the Illinois Tech community, as well as regional partners, can attend the monthly Campus Sustainability Forums at which issues of the day are discussed, and information about Illinois Tech 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 campussustainability@iit.edu.

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Sustainability Resources


What they Do


Resource for where and how to recycle just about anything

Eat Well Guide

Provides a search function for and listings of local, sustainable, and 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 that offers 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