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2023 News


Celebrate Earth Month 2023!

April 1, 2023
While there is much to be done to reduce our contributions to climate change, it is important to celebrate along the way. Keep reading to see highlights of some ways to participate in Earth Month activities, and check out the full calendar of events on our website!


Northwestern named EPA energy efficiency partner for fourth consecutive year

March 28, 2023
Northwestern University has earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In 2020, Northwestern was the first university to ever receive the award.


Northwestern's First Green Labs Certified Lab!

February 28, 2023
sustainNU is excited to highlight the first lab to complete our new Green Labs Certification: the Goyal Lab, led by Dr. Yogesh Goyal. The Goyal lab researches the single-cell biology of development and disease, jointly with the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Center for Synthetic Biology. Read on to learn more about the Goyal Lab and their commitment to sustainability. If you are interested in becoming Green Labs Certified, you can learn more here.

Looking Ahead to Earth Month

February 28, 2023
Spring quarter is around the corner and that means Earth Month is too! sustainNU, ASG, Northwestern Dining and others across campus are planning celebrations for this coming April. Earth Month is an opportunity to elevate engagement for and awareness of our environment.
A block-y tree within a green circil

The Northwestern Tree Tour

February 28, 2023
The trees on Northwestern’s campus can teach us many things about the University’s history, ecology, and cultural landscape. To facilitate such learning, the newly formed Northwestern Tree Tour Group hosted a guided walk last month. Led by Dr. Eli Suzukovich III, students, staff, and faculty explored the tree and plant species on the Evanston campus.

Eating for the Planet

February 28, 2023
Figuring out how to eat for the planet can be complicated. To help, a new system implemented by Northwestern Dining empowers people to make more sustainable choices. In partnership with HowGood, Dining is working to identify the environmental and social impact of individual menu items. HowGood is an independent research company that has analyzed more than 30,000 ingredients, chemicals, and materials associated with food products to provide impact assessments of recipes.