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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.


NU Sustainability Fellows Feature: Project Green Bus

November 8, 2021

In partnership with Ameresco, Inc., Northwestern University offers an annual Sustainability Fellowship (NU Sustainable Fellows) as well as two paid internships enabling students to apply energy and sustainability concepts to real-world problems and grow as leaders in 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).

Retaining Sustainable Habits While Transitioning Back to Campus

November 8, 2021

As many of us learned, studied, and worked from home last year, we often intentionally or unintentionally found ourselves living more sustainably. These earth-friendly habits can carry over to our on-campus lives as well! Check out our tips for maintaining sustainable habits as we return to in-person activities.