Skip to main content

Sustainability is a Priority at Northwestern

Subscribe for Updates

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.


Headshots of Ameresco internship students

Meet Northwestern’s ’21 - ‘22 Ameresco Internship Students, Maurya Patel and Ensar Biscevic

March 1, 2022

To achieve significant energy savings, Northwestern is partnering with Ameresco, Inc., a leading cleantech company specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. In addition to providing energy management, Ameresco employs two full-time co-op internships each quarter for science or engineering students who are interested in energy and sustainability.

Energy Star Award and text that reads "2022 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Northwestern University"

Northwestern recognized by EPA as leader for sustainability for third consecutive year

May 6, 2022

Northwestern University has received 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) for the third consecutive year. In 2020, Northwestern became the first university to ever receive the prestigious award.

Deering Library and Deering Meadow covered in snow

Climate Change and Chicago Winters

March 1, 2022

Whether you’re a Chicagoland native or a freshman from California experiencing your first Windy City winter, it’s not hard to understand why Chicago is infamous for having one of the harshest winters in the country. In the winter season, Chicago gets an average 28.1 inches of snowfall and has an average temperature of 26.4°F, but the wind from Lake Michigan can sometimes make it feel like it’s colder than Siberia. However, with climate change, Chicago winters are – well – changing.