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Northwestern is committed to promoting sustainability in the residence halls. There are several options for students to live green at NU.


Students are encouraged to recycle everything that can be recycled. Facilities Management has provided a list of items that can be recycled. For students living on campus, each residence hall has a recycling station for each floor. University Services recycles electronic equipment (computers, cell phones, printers, etc.). For a list of locations and requirements, please visit the Student eCycling website.

Green Cup

Every Winter quarter several departments and student groups collaborate on Green Cup, a month-long competition to see which campus residents can conserve the most energy and water. There are typically speakers, concerts, firesides, and other such events in conjunction with the competition. Visit the sustainNU webpage for Green Cup and other event details.

Eating Green @ NU

All students living in undergraduate housing are required to have a meal plan. We are fortunate that nuCuisine has made sustainability a priority. Award-winning vegetarian and vegan options, natural napkins, and tray-free dining are just some of the existing initiatives found in the dining halls, and more are introduced regularly as nuCuisine continues to build a more sustainable program. Learn more about nuCuisine's sustainable practices.

Facilities Concerns

If you encounter a window that will not close, a leaky faucet, or other concern affecting energy usage, file a maintenance request. Your RA will notify the appropriate staff member so that the issue can be fixed.

Green House

Green House is one of the many housing options for students living on campus. Green House is the Group Residence for Environmental Engagement at Northwestern. Students living in Green House are among the co-planners of Green Cup.

Hall Governments

Many of the hall governments have an executive board position dedicated to sustainability. Contact your hall government to see what programs or activities your specific hall government is planning.

Campus-wide Efforts

Visit Northwestern's Office of Sustainability webpage for more information on campus-wide sustainability initiatives, from academic courses to student groups and volunteer opportunities.