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Get Involved in Campus Sustainability Efforts

sustainNU is a University-wide program that aims to engage students, faculty, and staff in reducing—and eventually eliminating—Northwestern’s contribution to climate change. Northwestern students, faculty, and staff from across schools and administrative areas can all contribute to sustainability efforts on campus by getting involved in sustainNU initiatives. Here are some of the opportunities to get involved and stay informed.

Join a sustainNU Working Group

sustainNU Working Groups are responsible for planning and implementing initiatives aimed at achieving the University’s sustainability goals. There is a Working Group for each of the five program areas identified in the Strategic Sustainability Plan. Working Group membership is open to all interested students, faculty, and staff. To join one of these groups, contact the Working Group facilitators listed below or email

Working Group members and others interested in advancing sustainability on campus can also sign up for the sustainNU LISTSERVs listed below to join the conversation about general sustainability initiatives or efforts related to the five program areas.

Built Environment Working Group

Areas of focus include energy, renewable energy, infrastructure, water and land, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Transportation Working Group

Areas of focus include commuting and campus travel, cycling, and electric vehicles.

Resource Conservation Working Group

Areas of focus include waste reduction, environmentally preferable purchasing, and sustainable food.

Experiential Learning Working Group

Areas of focus include real-world learning opportunities and research and application of sustainability technologies.

Communications and Engagement Working Group

Areas of focus include outreach and communication activities designed to engage faculty, student, staff, alumni, and the broader community.

Connect on Social Media

Stay updated on sustainNU activities by connecting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sign Up for Email Updates

Subscribe to the sustainNU email newsletter to stay informed about sustainability events and programs on campus.