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Everyone Can Contribute to Create a More Sustainable Campus

Ways to Get Involved

Rally your friends and colleagues and help us make sustainable living a part of our campus culture.

All members of the Northwestern community can contribute to a greener, more sustainable campus. Even small, everyday choices like bringing reusable bags to the grocery store or eliminating recycling contamination make a big difference if we all commit and work together as a community. Get involved, rally your friends and colleagues, and help us make sustainable living a part of our campus culture. Here are some ways to get started.

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Learn more about what you can recycle and where to do it.

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Certify Your Space

Adopt sustainable practices in your campus space to earn Green Office, Green Labs, or Green Home certification.

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Host Sustainable Events

Reduce the environmental impact of meetings and events.

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Travel Sustainably

Find resources for traveling sustainably around campus and in the Evanston and Chicago regions.

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Live Sustainably

Get tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle on campus and at home.

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Join a Student Group

Connect with student organizations working on a wide range of sustainability issues.

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Find Funding Opportunities

Find resources for identifying Northwestern sustainability-related funding opportunities.

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Learning Opportunities

Apply and grow your sustainability knowledge inside and outside of the classroom.

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Campus Sustainability Map

Our campus sustainability map includes useful points of interest such as the locations of Divvy bike share stations, recycling hubs, green spaces, photovoltaic solar arrays, electric vehicle charging stations, and geothermal systems.

Explore our campus sustainability map