Tori Neal, a first-year doctoral student in sociology, and Erik Torres, an exchange student from Mexico studying computer science, work with Angela Anima-Korang, a research assistant in the Sustainability Office, in preparation for conducting their first Energy Treasure Hunts as part of the new Green Office SLEUTHs program on campus. Green Office SLEUTHSs is a joint project of SIU’s Sustainability Office and the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center. Torres and Neal will participate in a semester-long externship, which is aimed at undergraduate or graduate students in any major. (Submitted photo)
October 23, 2018
SIU rolls out Green Office SLEUTHS program aimed at savings, reduced environmental impacts
by Tim Crosby
CARBONDALE, Ill. – It takes a lot of energy and resources to run a campus, and like everyone else Southern Illinois University Carbondale is always looking for ways to trim costs while helping the environment.
A new program soon will see a couple students investigating ways offices on campus can save on energy, efficiency and recycling.
Joint program seeks energy savings, reduced impacts
Green Office SLEUTHSs is a joint project of SIU’s Sustainability Office and the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center. The program’s “sleuths” will participate in a semester-long externship for undergraduate or graduate students in any major, earning $500 and a certificate at the completion of the assignment.
SLEUTHs will work with campus offices on “Energy Treasure Hunts” and help implement programs aimed at energy conservation and good recycling techniques. SLEUTH stands for “student-led energy-use treasure hunts.”
Program names first two SLEUTHs
Program leaders recently selected Tori Neal, a first-year doctoral student in the sociology graduate program, and Erik Torres, an exchange student from Mexico studying computer science, as its first two student participants.
Neal, from Fayetteville, Tenn., said she decided to get involved to help others be environmentally conscious.
“I know that going green can seem daunting, but we make …