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Wind Turbine

Northwestern breezes into fifth place

NU purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) equivalent to 50 percent of its total electricity usage.
Recycling at NU

Know before you throw; dual-stream recycling at NU

How much do you know about dual stream versus single stream recycling? Recycling Guru Julie Cahillane explains it all.
Alumni Relations and Development and Green Office Certification

Garnering support for a greener workplace

Alumni Relations and Development is the second largest department to be Green Office Certified!
EV vehicle

The Evanston campus goes electric

We’ve already added charging stations to the Evanston campus and now we are rolling out the first of our electric vehicle fleet.
Earth Week 2015

Celebrating Earth Week since 1970

NU ramps up its green activities for Earth Week.


Spring is here, let’s Bike2Campus

Northwestern is participating in the Chicagoland Bike2Campus competition. It's a great time to dust off your bike, start riding, and log your rides to win!

Tree Campus USA

NU is a tree’s favorite place to be

NU has received national recognition for how we manage our trees. Faculty, staff, and students have been making an exceptional effort to educate the NU community about our beautiful landscape.

Evanston won Earth Hour Capital 2015

Evanston is the 2015 Earth Hour Capital of the US!

Evanston was selected among 44 applicants as the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour Capital.

Divvy Bikes

Reducing NU’s footprint, one step (or pedal) at a time

Earlier this month, NU conducted its first comprehensive survey of transportation habits to assess how students, faculty, and staff get to and around our campuses.

Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon leaves smaller footprints

Dancers didn't just raise money for a good cause, they also reduced their environmental impact!


NSF picks up the pace, funds another $20k in projects

This fall and winter, the Northwestern Sustainability Fund (NSF) awarded grants to support 14 more initiatives. Projects range from composting education to solar car development, and everything in between!

Meet the students, faculty, and staff awarded for their commitment to sustainability

Human Resources and the Office of Sustainability have created three awards to acknowledge those who green our campuses and curriculum. Learn about the latest NU Sustainability Excellence Award winners.

Building a better Northwestern

Northwestern's campuses are being reshaped every day with new demands for innovative teaching and research spaces. But every project in every building where you work, attend classes, and live is designed to improve our energy-efficiency, produce less waste, and provide a healthier indoor environment.

Strategic Plan for Sustainability

Campus collaborates to develop sustainability plan

Northwestern's initiative to create a Strategic Plan for Sustainability is built on broad engagement from across the University.

Coach Fitz using a reusable water bottle

What do Morty, Coach Fitz, Burgie Howard, and Willie all have in common?

They all bleed purple and all support sustainability at NU. Watch our short, fun video to see what they are doing to make NU a leader in sustainability.