Two students talking to a gardener

Sustainability happens with collective and community power. Information and resources have been commodified in society, and we are attempting to de-commodify sustainability information by providing resources.

Here are a collection of community and nation-wide resources that help our sustainability work and can help the community. We have included organizations and offices on campus and in the community that we work with and use all the time to uplift the sustainability movement. If you are still not able to find the resources you need, please contact us.  

National Organizations

Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education logoAASHE empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. They work with and for higher education to ensure that our future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges.


Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

post landfill action network logoPLAN helps students launch self-sustaining programs that fight the cycle of campus waste. ISU has been a member institution of PLAN since 2018. PLAN has multiple resources for students to begin their own initiatives and have campus representatives to talk to.

Sierra Club

sierra club logoThe Sierra Club is a grassroots environmental organization in the US. They have a national community of volunteers, advocates, and grassroots activists who show up when and where it counts.

Local Organizations


leaves and reTHinkreTHink educates, supports, and encourages the citizens and business of the Wabash Valley to reduce waste and live a healthier, more sustainable life. reTHink has gardens in Ryves neighborhood that provide fresh produce to the community. They also have a composting program that you can opt-into.

TREES Inc.                                               

green tree TREES incTREES Inc. is a local non-profit environmental volunteer group founded in 1990 to encourage the planting of trees in Terre Haute and Vigo County.



Earth Charter Indiana

Indiana outline and Earth Charter IndianaEarth Charter focuses on intergenerational action and education in the face of the climate crisis. They have many resources on their website and through their programs. Earth Charter also has many volunteer opportunities and programs for people in Indiana.

Wabash Valley Art Spaces

wabash valley art spaces logoArts Spaces provides public art and the design of public places to enhance economic growth, enrich cultural experiences and build a legacy for future generations.


Undergraduate Major Programs

Geography and Sustainability

Prepares students for careers in areas such as environmental consulting, emergency management planning, climatology, economic development, global studies, data management, land use planning, and environmental protection

Applied Health Sciences (Public Health option)

Provides a solid foundation and background in public health issues, giving you training in the development of solutions designed to improve and maintain the well-being of the public and their communities

Environmental Geoscience

Prepares students for careers in non-profit organizations, government offices, and private companies engaged in environmental management and assessment

Undergraduate Minor Programs


Allows students to explore the nature and impact of human-environment interactions as a means to inform current and future planning needs for environmental sustainability

Social Welfare and Justice

Provides an introduction to the fields of social welfare in the US, an examination of the systems in place, and an understanding of the relationships between social welfare fields and race, social class, gender, sexuality, and other related characteristics

Graduate Programs

Geography and Sustainability

The Accelerated Geography and Sustainability is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree that offers graduate students excellent opportunities to develop professional skills in spatial analysis, geography, and sustainability

Recycling Center

The ISU Recycle Center opened in May of 1990. It started as an endeavor to reduce landfill costs and to make a positive influence on our environment.

The center has turned into a community recycling center and an educational center to promote sustainability and recycling throughout the university, Terre Haute, Vigo County, and the state of Indiana. The center is drop-off only and requires separation of commodities. Visit their webpage for more information.


Terre Haute City Bus

All ISU students, staff, and faculty with a valid ISU ID card can ride the Terre Haute city bus for free. ISU has up-to-date maps and bus times located on their website and directs you to the trip planner application. ISU members who need modifications or accommodations can call 812-235-0109 to make requests at least the day before the trip.

Environmental Justice Toolkit

The Office of Sustainability is providing these resources on environmental justice (EJ) not only for your personal education, but to bring awareness as well. We have listed books, podcasts, articles, and more to help expand your knowledge. Feel free to access the rest of the resource library using this link.

Environmental Racism: "racial discrimination in environmental policy making and hte enforcement of regulations and laws, the deliberate targeting of people of color communities for toxic waste facilities, the official sanctioning of the life threatening presence of poisons and pollutants in our communities, and the history of excluding people of color from leadership in the environmental movement" provided by Reverend Benjamin Chavis



Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices form the Grassroots by Robert D. Bullard

"The connection between racism and environmental quality is increasingly visible. People of color in urban and rural areas are the most likely victims of industrial dumping, toxic landfills, uranium mining, and dangerous waste incinerators. This groundbreaking anthology grows out of the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit and brings together leading scholars, environmental leaders, and social justice activists of the emerging environmental justice movement"

The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

"Americans have way too much stuff, and way too much of it is toxic". In this book, Leonard describes the issues of overconsumption and explores the source materials, their life spans, and finally their disposal. With this book she aism to transform the way we think and act.

As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gillo-Whitaker

Treaties, speeches, and many other documents in the United States have stated "for as long as grass grows and waters run" indigenous people would be able to hold onto "their lands undisturbed by settlers". Dina Gillo-Whitaker explores "Indigenized environmental justice" through the history of treaty violations, the struggle for basic necessities, and the protection of sacred sites.



How bad is climate change now?

Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world

Environmental Racisim is Killing Black Communities in Louisiana

Indiana utilities move away from coal despite legislature's efforts

Environmental Justice & Environmental Racism



Intersectional Environmentalist


Midwest Environmental Justice Network

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Hoosier Environmental Council

Climate Justice Alliance

Environmental Justice Foundation



True North (2018) by John Iadarola and Chavala Madlena

Reporting how communities and ecosystems are being affected by the Arctic.

An Inconvenient Truth (2006) by Davis Guggenheim

Raises awareness about the climate change and the issues it brings

Before the Flood (2016)

Features many high-profile indivdiuals like former President Barack Obama, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio who talka bout combating climate change.

The 11th Hour 

Leonardo DiCaprio interviews many scientists in their respective fields about the issues of climate change.


Youtube Videos

The Lost Neighborhood Under New York's Central Park presented by Vox.

Extreme Heat is Worse in Redlined Areas by Grist

Environmental Justice Explained presented by Grist

North Carolinians Fight the $7.5 Billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline presented by Grist.

Climate Change is a Social Justice Issue by Adriana Laurent presented by TEDxUBC

Racism & Climate Change Are About You by Dr. Atyia Martin presented by TEDxDirigo


Interview Transcripts

Tracy Fernandez Rysavy interviews Robert Bullard

Ben Goldfarb interviews Matthew Tejada the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013

Chris Anderson from Science over Everything interviews Samantha Shattack in 2017 about Environmental Justice and the future of the EPA



Hot Take by Mary Annilese Heglar is looking into the climate crisis and what we do and do not talk about

The Last Environmentalist hosted by Josh Dorfman who discusses how everyday people can make an impact on climate change

Green Dreamer hosted by Kamea Chayne is a podcast that encourages people to find their fulfilment

The Sustainable Futures Report hosted by Anthony Day who discusses all things sustainable

Climate Rising by Harvard Business School addresses the impacts that climate change has on business