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Help us grow our sustainable campus community. Join one of the groups below and meet others who share your passion for the environment. Are you a member of one of these groups and/or interested in volunteering with sustainNU? Email sustainNU@northwestern.edu and let us know you'd like to be added to our Student Sustainability Leader Listserv.

Athletics Sustainability Committee (ASC)
The Athletics Sustainability Committee is a student organization made up of athletes and non-athletes that strives to make Northwestern and community athletics greener. They collaborate with administration to brainstorm and implement ways to make our facilities, arenas, fields, locker rooms, etc. more environmentally friendly, whether it be by improving recycling efforts, minimizing energy use, or reusing equipment. ASC has organized annual clothing drives and tennis ball donations to dog rescues, as well as participated in trash tackling events with Northwestern Athletics and the Chicago Cubs. Contact: asc@u.northwestern.edu

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ASG-Sustainability Committee (ASG SusCom)
The Associated Student Government Sustainability Committee (ASG SusCom) works to research, facilitate, and implement sustainability activities on campus. They aim to provide a unified, legitimate, and consistent voice from the students to the administration. They work closely with other campus groups to promote sustainability through academics, awareness campaigns, and tangible, impactful projects. Contact: asg-sustainability@u.northwestern.edu

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) ESW is a national nonprofit organization, with the Northwestern chapter run through the McCormick School of Engineering. The group channels the skills of engineers into sustainability projects on domestic and international levels through education, volunteer opportunities, and design projects. Contact: contact.eswnu@gmail.com

Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Society (EnvEUS)
Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Society (EnvEUS) seeks to bring a community to the Environmental Engineering students, promoting collaboration, assisting in networking, and providing knowledge of potential career paths. EnvEUS also offers opportunities for students to use classroom skills in a practical setting through participation in competitions and projects focused on environmental sustainability. Contact: EnvEUS@u.northwestern.edu

Fossil Free Northwestern 
Fossil Free Northwestern is a student organization that formed from a campaign of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members calling on Northwestern University to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy. In addition to fighting for a sustainable endowment, the organization advocates for climate justice and environmental justice in Chicago, nationally, and internationally through consciousness-raising and activism. Contact: fossilfreenorthwestern@gmail.com

GREEN House (Group Residence for Environmental Engagement at Northwestern House)
GREEN House is made of up roughly 40 on-campus residents interested in living sustainably. Their mission is to engender exploration, discovery, and critical thinking about environmental problems to inspire future leaders to act in ways that will protect and sustain our planet. (This opportunity is only open to undergraduate students living on-campus). Contact: nugreenhouse@gmail.com

In Our Nature 
In Our Nature aims to bring the environment to everyone as Northwestern's only environmental and science publication. Whether you’re a granola guru or a casual recycler, the stories, tips and entertainment will bring out your inner treehugger. Student contributors write, take photos, shoot video and more, all with the goal of showing readers why the environment is important for everyone. Contact: inournaturemag@gmail.com

Kellogg Energy & Sustainability Club
By cultivating and leveraging Kellogg’s relationships, the Kellogg Energy & Sustainability Club (KESC) prepares students to become global leaders in energy and sustainability. KESC promotes and represents energy and sustainability within the Kellogg and Northwestern communities by providing critical and timely resources to support careers in energy and sustainability, bringing industry thought-leaders to speak, leading sustainability initiatives on campus, and building relationships with a broad range of energy companies to support on and off-campus recruiting.

Kellogg School of Management Net Impact
Kellogg Net Impact Club’s mission is to inspire and prepare emerging leaders to use the power of business to create a more socially responsible and sustainable world.

The Northwestern Energy and Sustainability Consortium (NESC)
NESC works to encourage and facilitate communication and collaboration at Northwestern University between sustainability and energy students at the undergraduate and graduate level. They seek to increase awareness and collaboration, and encourage support among students, student groups, and the campus at large.

Northwestern Energy Technology Group (NETG)
NETG's mission is to promote informed discourse about energy issues, and to provide opportunities for collaboration both among Northwestern University students, as well as between students and external people and organizations. This is done through hosting talks and panel discussions, traveling to energy technology facilities, and organizing social events that encourage networking with other energy-related organizations. Contact: netg@u.northwestern.edu

Northwestern University Outdoors Club
The Outdoors Club's mission is to enjoy the outdoors and get people in touch with nature. They organize trips all over the northern Midwest to kayak, hike, and climb while raising awareness of how to create a sustainable planet. Contact: nuoutdoorclub@gmail.com

Northwestern University Solar Car Team (NUsolar)
NUsolar is a student-run team that designs, builds, and races completely solar-powered vehicles. Their goals are to promote a greater understanding of sustainable transportation technologies and to provide an opportunity for students to gain real-world engineering project experience. NUsolar has built six solar racers throughout it's history and travels across the nation each summer to compete with other university teams in the American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Grand Prix solar car "rayces." Contact: team@nusolar.org

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NU Real Food works to create a student-led movement that engages administrators, faculty, staff, workers, producers, and community members to enact a shift to a community-based food system built on fair labor practices and food that is humane, local, and ecologically-sound. Contact: NURealFood@gmail.com

NU Wildlife Club
The Wildlife Club's purpose is to create an inclusive community on campus comprised of future scientists, environmental activists, animal lovers, and any student who has a passion for wildlife and is concerned with the global biodiversity crisis. The Wildlife Club's goals are to be an advocate on campus for wildlife conservation through activism, to provide career-building opportunities in the field of conservation, to engage with the Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago communities through discussions and citizen science projects, and build relationships between Northwestern and Chicago-based zoological research institutions. Contact: wildlife@u.northwestern.edu

Plant-it Purple
Plant-it Purple Graduate Gardens is a community garden located next to the courtyard behind the Technological Institute. The garden includes a vegetable garden, flower garden, and shade garden. Plant-it Purple's goal is to create a space where students, staff, and other members of the NU community can work together outside of classrooms and offices to cultivate and enjoy a living project.

Students for Ecological and Environmental Development (SEED)
SEED is the largest and oldest student environmental group at Northwestern. They support progressive environmental movements at NU. Through event programming, service, and advocacy, SEED seeks to engage the entire Northwestern and Evanston communities to further sustainability. Contact: nuseed@gmail.com

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (SPSR)
Student Physicians for Social Responsibility is dedicated towards supporting community service, advocacy, and education for environmental sustainability and anti-nuclear efforts in the context of improving health. They seek to fight for social justice by mitigating the effects of climate change, toxins, and other environmental threats to human health. SPSR promotes this by engaging students and community members through lunch talks and programs to improve sustainability practices at the Chicago Northwestern campus. They also collaborate with Physicians for Social Responsibility chapters at other Chicago medical schools. Contact: spsr.northwestern@gmail.com

Wild Roots
Wild Roots is a student-directed garden which grows fresh produce for the Northwestern and Evanston communities using sustainable practices. Their goal is to serve the evolving educational and social needs of the Northwestern community by inspiring students to think critically about the food they eat and by starting conversations about sustainability, social justice, and our food system. During the Fall and Spring, they have weekly work days at the garden which involve planting, weeding, composting, and harvesting. Contact: nuwildroots@gmail.com