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Northwestern is committed to making all campus buildings more sustainable through energy efficiency improvements, green building design, and sustainable building management practices.

Building for sustainability

All new construction projects and major renovations are designed to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental program recognizes building designs that are resource efficient and cost effective while providing a healthier and greener lifestyle for building occupants. Northwestern designs all new construction projects and major renovations to achieve LEED certification.

Learn more about green building projects on Northwestern’s campus.

Sustainable operation and maintenance

The life of a green building goes beyond design and construction. The Facilities Management team monitors ongoing building performance and works to maximize energy efficiency and meet other sustainability goals. Building occupants also have important parts to play in ensuring that buildings operates as sustainably as possible. Faculty and staff can contribute by getting involved in the Green Office program. Students can take action by using energy wisely, recycling, and adopting other sustainable habits.

Learn more about sustainable building maintenance and operations efforts at Northwestern.

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