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sustainNU - Office of Sustainability


Our campus is constantly growing and updating to meet the needs of our community, which often leads to the construction of new buildings or large renovation projects to make campus space more functional.

We aim to make eco-friendly design and building choices in campus construction projects and to employ energy saving systems in university buildings.

LEED-Certification Design Standards

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a framework for executing green building design and solutions to make buildings more energy-efficient, produce less waste, and provide a healthier indoor environment for occupants. Northwestern will target LEED gold certification for all new construction and major renovations.

aerial view of northwestern LEED-certified projects on our campus include:

Gold Certification

  • Harris Hall
  • Northwestern University Sailing Center
  • Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics & Diagnostics
  • Rogers House
  • Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
  • Searle Hall
  • Wieboldt Hall
  • Segal Visitor’s Center

Silver Certification

  • 630 Emerson
  • Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

In Progress

  • Athletic/Recreation Complex
  • Kellogg School of Management, New Building
  • Kresge Hall
  • Parking Garage

Strategic Initiatives

How to Help

  • Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
  • Report leaky faucets.
  • Use the stairs instead of an elevator when possible.