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2023-2024 News

Nature in the City

Looking for ways to beat the winter blues? There are many natural spaces in Evanston and Chicago where you can connect with nature and appreciate the great outdoors.

Celebrating Commitment to Sustainability at Northwestern

Without the commitment of the entire Northwestern community, achieving an environmentally sustainable campus is not possible. That is why sustainNU is so appreciative of the offices and labs who are dedicated to following best practices for sustainable workplace management through the Green Office and Green Labs Certifications.

Project Survival: Northwestern’s Role in the First Earth Day

Northwestern made history in 1970 when 10,000 people crowded into the Technological Institute to stay up throughout the night reflecting on the state of our environment. This teach-out, called “Project Survival”, sparked a nationwide series of environmental events as media coverage caught wind of the large-scale gathering.

Expanding Campus Composting

In an effort to increase waste diversion on campus, two significant expansions are happening this fall with Ryan Field implementing fan-facing, and the Norris Center customer-facing, compost collections. Click on the story to learn more about these initiatives.

Campus Bat Walks

sustainNU is taking our mission of campus sustainability to new heights, or perhaps more accurately, new heights in the night sky. To better understand our campus ecosystem Liza Lehrer, Lincoln Park Zoo’s resident bat expert, led a tour to teach about our local bat species, the threats facing bat populations across the country, and methods for monitoring.

New Green Labs and Offices: Summer & Fall 2023

Congratulations to the four labs and eight offices that achieved Green Office or Lab Certification throughout the summer and fall! This dedication from our campus community reflects an understanding that Northwestern values not only what we create, but how we create it.