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Safety and Sustainability: Reusable Dining during COVID-19

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Oregon State University (OR)

As part of the College and University Recycling Coalition 2021 Webinar Series, Northwestern University and Oregon State University developed and presented programs for reusable dining methods during the pandemic. The ...

  • Posted May 4, 2021
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sustainNU and Partners Host Tree Planting

  • Northwestern University (IL)

In celebration of Arbor Day, Northwestern University's Office of Sustainability (sustainNU) hosted a tree planting with the City of Evanston and Chicago Gateway Green to plant ten trees with ...


sustainNU Holds Hybrid Planting Workshop

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Northwestern University's Office of Sustainability's (sustainNU) first hybrid event was during Earth Month. With the help of Wild Roots, a student-run garden on campus, and Northwestern Dining, sustainNU ...


Worthy of debate: discursive coherence and agreement in the formation of the field of sustainability in higher education

  • Northwestern University (IL)

This article explores the development of shared understanding in the field of environmental sustainability in higher education—a field that began with social movement pressure surrounding contentious issues and evolved ...


Looking Beyond Fossil Fuel Divestment: Combating Climate Change in Higher Education

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The fossil fuel divestment movement is altering the landscape of climate activism on US campuses. Student-run divestment campaigns are now pushing for college Boards of Trustees to withdraw investments from ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Earth and Planetary Sciences study the past, present, and future of the Earth and other planets. Scientists address fundamental scientific questions important for understanding the Earth and society’s ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Environmental Engineering Minor

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Environmental engineering has become an integral part of the engineering field as a whole, since it aims to mitigate the effects of human perturbations to the environment as a result ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University is a premier research and academic department. With award-winning, internationally renowned ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Civil and Environmental Engineering (PhD)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University is a premier research and academic department. With award-winning, internationally renowned ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Global and Ecological Health Engineering Certificate

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Global and ecological health engineering knows no geographical boundaries. Appropriate health solutions to new and emerging challenges depend upon competent design and ecologically sustainable integration into local community, national, and ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Reusable to-go Program at Northwestern Dining During a Global Pandemic

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Chartwells Higher Education (NY)
  • Compass Group (NC)

Northwestern University opened its dining commons during the COVID-19 pandemic in the fall of 2020 with an emphasis on reusable to-go service ware. This program used the O2GO OZZI containers ...


Social Justice and Sustainability Go Hand in Hand at Northwestern

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Kathia Benitez is the sustainability director of sustainNU, Northwestern University's comprehensive and inclusive sustainability program. She writes about the initiatives at the University that address the triple bottom line ...


From Movements to Managers: Discourse, Jurisdictions, and Positions in the Field of Sustainability

  • Northwestern University (IL)

In three empirical chapters, this dissertation examines the field of sustainability over time, specifically uncovering the processes by which contentious interactions between movements and organizations can shift to the development ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Evaluating the prevalence and quality of conference codes of conduct

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens (IL)

Efforts to increase inclusion in science face multiple barriers, including cultural and social behaviors in settings such as academic conferences. Conferences are beneficial, but the culture can promote inequities and ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Harnessing the Power and Passion of Others: Four Approaches to Sustainability Engagement

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Western Washington University (WA)

This session will focus on new and different approaches used to engage students, staff, faculty, and other community members in sustainability efforts. In the first half of the session, representatives ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Composting at Northwestern University Norris Center

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)
  • Compass Group (NC)

The project consists of the successful implementation of a front-of-the-house composting program in Northwestern University's Norris Center food court dining area and the coordination of a series of experiments ...


Earth Day Fair at Northwestern University

  • Northwestern University (IL)

At the inaugural Earth Day Fair, the sustainNU team celebrated their ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award and shared how they conserve energy. Over 200 people attended the fair ...


Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast Episode 16: Reducing Waste and Increasing Reuse in Labs at Northwestern University

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Rheaply, Inc (IL)

Julie Cahillane, Sustainability Associate Director at Northwestern University and Dr. Garry Cooper, adjunct professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and CEO/Co-founder of Rheaply, Inc..

In this conversation ...

  • Posted Feb. 14, 2019
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Northwestern Sustainability Fund (NSF)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Northwestern Sustainability Fund is a $50,000 pool established to catalyze Northwestern student engagement in energy and sustainability. The Northwestern Sustainability Fund (NSF) provides one-time grant funds for student-led ...


Using Waste Audit Data to Drive Waste Reduction, Diversion, and Engagement

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Oakton Community College (IL)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Richmond (VA)

Unlike other utilities, such as electricity and natural gas, actual waste and recycling data are more difficult to track. The lack of ready to use data creates challenges in goal ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Northwestern University Comprehensive Building Energy Data Audit

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Northwestern University is committed to fostering environmental and ethical stewardship. The University’s Strategic Sustainability Plan establishes a vision for reducing environmental impacts. In terms of the University’s built ...


Enable by House by Northwestern - a 2017 U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon Team

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon showcases innovative solar powered houses that are designed, built, and operated by collegiate teams. It is a collegiate competition of 10 contests ...


Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Upgrade Project

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Northwestern University is committed to fostering environmental and ethical stewardship. The University’s Strategic Sustainability Plan establishes a vision for reducing the University’s environmental impacts. In the area of ...


Northwestern Promotes Recycling during Earth Month

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Northwestern University celebrates Earth Month throughout April. One of the highlights of the month is Mount Trashmore, and event that calls attention to the amount of waste generated on campus ...


Leveraging ENERGY STAR to Increase Campus Efficiency: A Northwestern University Case Study

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Attendees will learn how to implement best practices in energy efficiency and engage the campus community in behavior change. ENERGY STAR® guidelines and assessment tools provided the foundation for Northwestern ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus Engagement; Diversity & Affordability

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Change Makers program at Northwestern University allows professional staff and faculty members to engage in a personal journey to create a more inclusive environment at Northwestern University. Change Makers ...


Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This is a study of the disctintive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to ...


Art Inspired by Climate Science Data

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Art exhibits on display on Northwestern's Chicago and Evanston campuses during April featured art inspired by the science of climate change. The works by artist and Northwestern Pritzker School ...

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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Sustainabiliy Impact Fund

  • Northwestern University (IL)

This project is a student-led initiative to allow Northwestern alumni to donate to supporting sustainability initiatives on our campus. Titled the Sustainability Impact Fund, this initiative includes directed fundraising efforts ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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The Big Ten Prospectus: Aligning Sustainability with Collective Mission Level Priorities

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Iowa (IA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • University of Illinois Chicago (IL)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

With higher education facing ongoing budget cuts, top to bottom reviews of programs and policies, and critical questions regarding the value of a college education, we—as sustainability professionals—must ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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ENERGY STAR Photo Booth at Northwestern University

  • Northwestern University (IL)

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that helps organizations and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Northwestern is an ENERGY STAR ...


Environmental Chemistry Area of Concentration (BA in Chemistry)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Each Chemistry major must complete three (3) courses in a selected area of concentration, typically during their final year of study.

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Environmental Engineering (BS)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The bachelor of science in environmental engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering takes an interdisciplinary approach to educating the next generation of environmental engineers. The program's ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Minor in Environmental Policy and Culture

  • Northwestern University (IL)

EPC is an interdisciplinary minor focusing on the study of the relationship between people and their natural surroundings. The program is based in the social sciences and humanities and is ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Energy and Sustainability Specialization (Master's in Mechanical Engineering)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

This interdisciplinary mechanical engineering concentration engages both deep technical courses in energy and technology topics as well as critically important courses in the policy, law and economics of energy.

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Specialization in Sustainability (Master of Project Management)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

This specialization prepares individuals to play a significant role in shaping the future of the built environment by providing a framework for developing creative sustainable solutions as a key element ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Energy and Sustainability Undergraduate Certificate

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN) Undergraduate Certificate provides a means for Northwestern students to pursue multi-disciplinary instruction in the increasingly important areas of sustainability and ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern was established in 2008 as an umbrella organization whose unique mission is to advance global energy and sustainability solutions through transformational research ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Can You Hear Me Now? Amplifying and Measuring Sustainability Communications

  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, building communications partnerships and tracking your communications success are essential to growing your audience and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Can you Hear me Now? Metrics for Sustainability Communications

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, tracking your communications success is essential to growing your audience and engaging your community. Every ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Preparing for the Real World: Kickstarting Your Sustainability Career Pathway

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

While students will still have to determine the exact career they would like to pursue, and maybe pick out what they will wear on interview day, at the end of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bike2Campus Week: How the third largest city in the United States organized a multi-campus biking challenge.

  • Dominican University (IL)
  • Northwestern University (IL)

How many institutions does it take to create a week long competition and celebration around biking? In the Chicago land area, the answer was ten. The 2014 Bike2Campus Week involved ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Networking Session for Sustainability Communications Professionals

  • American University (DC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)

Several Sustainability Offices have communications professionals to assist in creating a culture of sustainability by marketing behavior change, empowering action, and sharing the hard work institutions have done to lower ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sharing your Sustainability Story: the Role of Communications

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Tufts University (MA)

Understanding the importance of generating environmental awareness on campus, many sustainability offices have begun creating positions with an emphasis on communications, marketing, and outreach. After all, it is vital to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Scrap It and Start Over: Reshaping Your Eco-Reps Program from the Ground Up

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Many sustainability staff members have experienced a moment when they had to decide whether they wanted to continue an existing sustainability program in the same way it had been run ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Cross-Institution Collaboration: Composting Pre-and-Post Consumer Food Scraps In An Urban Environment

  • Dominican University (IL)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

According to a 2011 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Global Food Losses and Food Waste, the average American wastes over 200 pounds of food ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Investing for Endowments: Solving the Problem

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Inc. (MA)

Our presentation focuses on empowering and motivating universities to adapt to a new world of sustainable investing. The presentation will address the limited amount of sustainable investment strategies currently available ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Dining Hall as a Classroom: A Unique Model for a Life-Cycle Analysis Course

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Though students, faculty, and the dining service have all shown dedication to sustainable initiatives, there has been little academic research on the sustainability of our campus dining service. This year ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Breaking into the Sustainability and Higher Education Profession

  • Northwestern University (IL)

After speaking with numerous sustainability coordinators and directors, it has become clear that this emerging field brings in creative, hardworking, and versatile professionals from varying backgrounds. This is both exciting ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Town-Gown Sustainability Partnerships: How to leverage efforts for mutual support & improved relations.

  • Northwestern University (IL)

How can institutions of higher education partner with host cities to further sustainability efforts? From a landfill gas-to-energy project to a community reuse sale to a Green Ribbon Committee campuses ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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