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sustainNU's Book Recommendations

Looking for new books to add to your library? Look no further! During Earth Month 2021, we created a reading list from book suggestions from our Northwestern community. Pick a book today to learn more about the Earth and how to protect our planet and the beings inhabiting it.

If you have any books you would like to add to the list, you can do so here.

Panel discussion: Making the connection between voting and climate change

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Missed the panel? Watch the recording now.

Polls show tens of millions of Americans believe more should be done to address global warming and climate change —the challenge is that voters don't understand how their vote can impact these issues.

Join us in a moderated panel discussion in recognition of Global Climate Change Week (Oct. 19 – 25). Hosted by ISEN, CESR, and sustainNU, the discussion will focus on educating attendees and promoting greater awareness on how their vote can effect change and positively influence climate action and environmental progress.

Moderator – Abigail Foerstner, Associate Professor, Medill School
Keith Woodhouse, Associate Professor, Department of History
Nancy Loeb, Clinical Professor of Law & Director, Environmental Advocacy Center
Mark Werwath, Clinical Full Professor, McCormick School of Engineering  
David Dana, Director, Professor of Law, Pritzker School of Law  
Kim Suiseeya, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science


Waste Matters: Webinar

What's in Northwestern’s waste stream? How can we help take action to reduce what goes into the landfill? What even goes into the recycling bin and how can we help reduce our collective impact? Join sustainNU on April 14th for this one-hour webinar to dive into Northwestern’s waste stream and understand how we can keep things out of the landfill through recycling and reduction efforts. This webinar is specifically for staff and faculty as it covers academic and administrative buildings. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge to not only help Northwestern reach our sustainability goals, but also better understand how to reduce their own personal impact through a mini wastebasket audit.

Pause and Notice Nature 

Explore the natural world around you

When: August 2020 


Northwestern’s Office of Well-being and sustainNU invite our community to Pause and Notice Nature

Whether you live in an area of high rises, ample parks, or a more rural locale, the natural world is all around you and sometimes we need a reminder to notice and appreciate it. Join us for a month of exploration with ideas for experiencing your surroundings in new ways. Discover which species of trees grow on your street, notice different bird songs, or just take the time to watch the sun set. You can do this in your own neighborhood or find a new location to explore. Pausing to notice the natural world around you can have a positive effect on your mental health, reduce stress, create a new appreciation for the natural world, and inspire you to take action to protect nature

Use the Pause and Notice Nature calendar for activities and resources to help you explore and connect to nature in new ways. There are new suggestions every day but feel free to jump around and find what resonates with you. You can take it a step further to learn more about what you’re noticing by joining our iNaturalist Northwestern Project. Post an image on iNaturalist to crowdsource identification, support biodiversity research, and become a citizen scientist.  

This experience is a great opportunity for individuals or families. We hope you’ll join us in remembering to Pause and Notice Nature, exploring the natural world that is all around you. 

Join the iNaturalist Q&A Session
When: August 11, 12:30-1:00pm
Have questions about using iNaturalist? Need help uploading your observations? How do you confirm someone else’s identification? Join the sustainNU team to answer your questions about using iNaturalist, participating in Northwestern's Pause and Notice Nature project, and more! This Q&A session will be hosted by a seasoned citizen scientist.