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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. One of the two projects to receive funding is Project Green Bus, an ongoing initiative aimed at evaluating the electrification of Evanston School District 65’s bus fleet.

The Wildcat's Guide to Recycling at Northwestern

November 8, 2021
Don't let figuring out what does and does not go in the recycling bin be a headache. With this handy guide to recycling at Northwestern and the surrounding community, you’ll be a pro in no time! 

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.


Northwestern partners with clean technology leader to reduce its carbon footprint

July 6, 2021
Northwestern University announced a five-year partnership with Ameresco, Inc., a leading clean technology integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The initiative will help Northwestern significantly reduce its carbon footprint across both campuses while also providing learning opportunities for students.


Out of Fashion: How to Ditch Fast Fashion

May 19, 2021
Americans throw away 14 million tons of clothing annually. That is nearly double what it was 20 years ago. The increase can be partly attributed to the rise of fast fashion, which replicates and mass produces high-fashion designs and trends at low costs and with low-quality materials.

Earth Month 2021 Wrap Up Note

May 19, 2021
Thank you for celebrating Earth Month 2021 with sustainNU! Regardless of location, members of the Northwestern community came together during the month of April to take action by participating in sustainNU’s virtual and, for the first time ever, hybrid events.


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).


Reducing Energy Consumption during COVID-19

January 28, 2021
With a reduced campus population due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Northwestern’s Facilities Management and Direct Digital Controls (DDC) team leapt into action this past spring to identify measures to reduce energy consumption across both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

Environmental Student Groups Get Creative with Virtual Engagement

January 28, 2021
As the pandemic forced Northwestern to transition to virtual instruction, student leaders of nearly 20 environmental student organizations had to figure out how to continue their activities remotely. Without in-person events to bring students together, organizations had to find new ways to foster a sense of community and engagement.

Wildcats Choose to Reuse

January 28, 2021
If you’ve eaten in one of Northwestern’s campus dining halls lately, you are likely familiar with the reusable purple OZZI to-go container. These containers are not only a handy and secure way to transport your meal, they also help make Northwestern a little more sustainable.