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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.