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.
- Certify your space: Fill out our online checklist and let everyone know your residence or office is certifiably “green.”
- Conserve energy: Learn how you can easily reduce your energy usage.
- Save water: Make an effort to limit your water usage.
- Eat sustainably: Vote with your fork by eating sustainably.
- Purchase consciously: Learn tips and ideas for eco-friendly purchasing practices.
- Be an Eco-Rep: Inform, engage, and lead fellow students to live a sustainable lifestyle.
- Join a student group: Meet new people, learn new things, and grow our campus community.
- Host sustainable events: Consider the environmental impact of meetings and events.
- Rent green: Determine your new home's green features with these questions for landlords.
- Travel sustainably: Check out Northwestern's public transportation options.