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sustainNU - Office of Sustainability

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We work everyday to make Northwestern a greener, more sustainable campus. But we can’t do it alone. A meaningful, lasting impact requires the participation of our entire campus community. Even small, everyday choices – like bringing reusable bags to the grocery store – make a big difference if we all commit. Get involved, rally your friends and colleagues, and help us make sustainable living a part of our campus culture.

How to help

Everyone on campus can participate. Join us at events, lead the recycling efforts in your office, or make a commitment to reduce your energy use. Here are some ways to get started:

  • Recycle: Campus recycling saves over 690 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually (equaling the emissions from 604 cars). Learn more about what you can recycle and where to do it.
  • Conserve Energy: Learn how you can easily reduce your energy usage.
  • Save Water: Make an effort to limit your water usage.
  • Travel Sustainably: Check out NU's public transportation options.
  • Eat Locally: Vote with your fork by eating sustainably.
  • Purchase Consciously: Learn tips and ideas for eco-friendly purchasing practices.
  • Rent Green: Determine your new home's green features with these questions for landlords.
  • Be an Eco-Rep: Inform, engage, and lead fellow students to live a sustainable lifestyle.
  • Take the Green Pledge: Commit to making small, sustainable choices in your daily life. President Schapiro took the pledge. Have you?
  • Certify your Space: Fill out our online checklist and let everyone know your residence or office is certifiably “green.”
  • Join a Student Group: Meet new people, learn new things, and grow our campus community.
  • Volunteer: Donate your time and help make our campus and city more eco-friendly.

Be sure to check out the Green Living Guide to learn more about what you can do to sustainNU!

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Living Green Off-Campus Tips:

When looking for a new apartment or house, here are a couple questions to ask landlords to determine your new home's green features.
green living guide