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Green Lab Promotion

New Green Labs Certification Program

This quarter, sustainNU launched a new Green Labs Certification program, similar to our existing Green Office Certification, to help lab users adopt more sustainable practices. This voluntary certification program engages campus partners in best practices for sustainable lab management and operations, without sacrificing research quality or lab safety.
A group of Northwestern students in shirts that read "trash tacklers" stand in front of the football stadium.

Zero Waste Ryan Field Pilot

Northwestern’s Associated Student Government (ASG) Sustainability Committee partnered with sustainNU to pilot a “zero waste” football game, testing the concept of having fan-facing compost collection bins in Ryan Field. While there is a long way to go to get to zero waste at Ryan Field, much was learned from this pilot that will inform progress in the future.
A hand turns off a light switch under a sign reading "lights out"

Prepare for Winter Recess

The upcoming winter recess is a time for our campus community to recharge and renew. During this time, Facilities identifies locations where temperatures can be reduced, lighting turned off, and fans minimized in some unoccupied spaces.

Go Green with OZZI

A new reusable container program has been rolled out in the dining halls on campus. Last quarter, many of the reusable containers were not returned leaving the program depleted and a lot of reusable containers lost to the landfill. Northwestern Dining and Student Affair worked to reinstate the program, rolling out the new, green OZZI containers at the end of January.

Climate Change and Chicago Winters

Whether you’re a Chicagoland native or a freshman from California experiencing your first Windy City winter, it’s not hard to understand why Chicago is infamous for having one of the harshest winters in the country. In the winter season, Chicago gets an average 28.1 inches of snowfall and has an average temperature of 26.4°F, but the wind from Lake Michigan can sometimes make it feel like it’s colder than Siberia. However, with climate change, Chicago winters are – well – changing.

The Wildcat's Guide to Recycling at Northwestern

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!