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Sustainability is a Priority at Northwestern

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Our Strategic Sustainability Plan

Northwestern is committed to fostering environmental and ethical stewardship. The Northwestern Strategic Sustainability Plan is a comprehensive planning resource that supports and guides the University’s sustainability programs.


Find out more about sustainability on campus.


sustainNU releases 2019-2020 Sustainability Report

January 28, 2021

sustainNU has released its 2019-2020 annual report. This report highlights Northwestern's progress in addressing our impact on the environment and commitment to sustainability.

Northwestern Recognized by EPA as a Leader in Sustainability

April 13, 2021

For the second year in a row, Northwestern University has earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

Wildcats Choose to Reuse

January 28, 2021

If you’ve eaten in one of Northwestern’s campus dining halls lately, you are likely familiar with the reusable purple OZZI to-go container. These containers are not only a handy and secure way to transport your meal, they also help make Northwestern a little more sustainable.