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sustainNU - Office of Sustainability

Join a Student Group

Help us grow our sustainable campus community. Join one of the groups below and meet others who share your passion for the environment. 

Undergraduate and Graduate Groups

students with man in a green suit on earth day

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW):
ESW is a national non-profit organization, with the Northwestern chapter run through the McCormick School of Engineering. The group channels the skills of engineers into sustainability projects on domestic and international levels through education, volunteer opportunities, and design projects. Contact: contact.eswnu@gmail.com

Students for Ecological and Environmental Development (SEED):
SEED is the largest and oldest student environmental group at Northwestern. They support progressive environmental movements at NU. Through event programming, service, and advocacy, SEED seeks to engage the entire Northwestern and Evanston communities to further sustainability. Contact: nuseed@gmail.com

ASG-Sustainability Committee (ASG SusCom):
The Sustainability Committee works to research, facilitate, and implement sustainability activities on campus. They aim to provide a unified, legitimate, and consistent voice from the students to the administration. They work closely with other campus groups to promote sustainability through academics, awareness campaigns, and tangible, impactful projects. Contact: asg-sustainability@u.northwestern.edu

Eco-Reps organize activities and events, create tools and resources, and practice "sustainable living" themselves to raise awareness and mobilize the Northwestern University campus culture around sustainability. There are Eco-Reps for residential halls, colleges, greek chapters, and off-campus living. Contact: nuecoreps@gmail.com

The Roosevelt Institute:
The Roosevelt Institute is focused on progressive public policy, including environmental policy. Roosevelt looks at policy on both the macro and micro levels. They explore macro policy and seek to affect change on the micro level in our communities. In the past, they have worked on the GMO policy, solar panels and brownfields, explored bike policy, composting policies, regional climate change adaptation, and partnered with public schools. No policy experience is necessary and all skill sets are welcome! There are also opportunities to attend national policy conferences and publish pieces in national journals.

Northwestern University Solar Car Team (NUsolar):
NUsolar is a student-run team which designs, builds, and races completely solar-powered vehicles. Their goals are to promote a greater understanding of sustainable transportation technologies and provide an opportunity for students to gain real-world engineering project experience. NUsolar has built six solar racers throughout it's history and travels across the nation each summer to compete with other university teams in the American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Grand Prix solar car "rayces." Contact: project-manager@nusolar.org

Northwestern University Outing Club:
NUOC's mission is to enjoy the outdoors and get people in touch with nature. They organize trips all over the northern midwest to kayak, hike, and climb, while teaching the rules of leave-no-trace and raising awareness of how to create a sustainable planet, while having a good time.

NU Real Food
NU Real Food works to create a student-led movement that engages administrators, faculty, staff, workers, producers, and community members, to enact a shift to a community-based food system built on fair labor practices and food that is humane, local, and ecologically-sound. Contact: NURealFood@gmail.com

NU Food Talks:
Food Talks brings stakeholders from all parts of the food system together to share challenges in making our food system sustainable. They develop action points on an individual level and initiatives to be implemented by partnering organizations. Be sure to attend their monthly potlucks and panel discussions. Contact: nusustainablefoodtalks@gmail.com

Wild Roots:
The purpose of the Wild Roots garden is to connect students to the earth and each other, to serve the evolving educational and social needs of the Northwestern community, and to inspire students to think critically about the food they eat by starting conversations about sustainability, social justice, and NU’s food system. Contact: nuwildroots@gmail.com

Plant-it Purple:
Plant-it Purple Graduate Gardens is a community garden located next to the courtyard behind the Technological Institute. The garden includes a vegetable garden, flower garden, and shade garden. Plant-it Purple's goal is to create a space where students, staff, and other members of the NU community can work together outside of classrooms and offices to cultivate and enjoy a living project.

sustainNU Working Action Group (SWAG):
The sustainNU Working Action Group (SWAG) began in 2007 after the former Vice President of Student Affairs was approached by several students interested in making NU more sustainable. Since then SWAG has served as a platform where students, faculty, and staff can share information, brainstorm, and collaborate around sustainability initiatives. Meetings are now organized by the Office of Sustainability and held bi-weekly. If you are interested in attending these meetings or joining the email list, contact Julie Cahillane.

Group Residence for Environmental Engagement at Northwestern House (GREEN House):
GREEN House is made of up roughly 40 on-campus residents interested in living sustainably. Their mission is to engender exploration, discover, and critical thinking about environmental problems to inspire future leaders to act in ways that will protect and sustain our planet. (This opportunity is only open to undergraduate students living on-campus).

The Northwestern Energy and Sustainability Consortium (NESC):
NESC works to encourage and facilitate communication and collaboration at Northwestern University between sustainability and energy students at the undergraduate and graduate level. They seek to increase awareness, collaboration, and encourage support among students, student groups, and the campus at large.

Northwestern Energy Technology Group (NETG):
NETG's mission is to promote informed discourse about energy issues, and to provide opportunities for collaboration both among Northwestern University students, as well as between students and external people and organizations. This is done through hosting talks and panel discussions, traveling to energy technology facilities, and by organizing social events, which encourage networking with other energy-related organizations. Contact: netg@u.northwestern.edu

Kellogg Energy Club:
The Kellogg Energy Club seeks to provide leading educational, professional, and networking opportunities that help Kellogg students develop successful careers in the energy industry. Their major objectives include providing critical and timely resources to support energy careers, bringing industry thought-leaders to speak, partnering with sustainable business, consulting, PE/VC clubs on event and career-related activities, and building relationships with a broad range of energy companies to support on and off-campus recruiting. Their goal is to establish a true Energy Club brand within the Kellogg community and expand the Energy Club network across NU and Chicagoland.

Kellogg School of Management Net Impact:
Kellogg Net Impact Club’s mission is to inspire and prepare emerging leaders to use the power of business to create a more socially responsible and sustainable world.

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (SPSR):
Student Physicians for Social Responsibility is dedicated towards supporting community service, advocacy, and education for environmental sustainability and anti-nuclear efforts in the context of improving health. They seek to fight for social justice by mitigating the effects of climate change, toxins, and other environmental threats to human health. SPSR promotes this by engaging students and community members through lunch talks and programs to improve sustainability practices at the Chicago Northwestern campus. They also collaborate with Physicians for Social Responsibility chapters at other Chicago medical schools. Contact: spsr.northwestern@gmail.com