Our Mission

Environmental change presents us with our grandest challenges. The most basic of necessities: food, water and energy, must be provided sustainably for a growing global population. Our mission is to facilitate environmental engagement through study and action to meet those challenges. Explore Northwestern’s Portal for Environmental Studies to learn about the opportunities in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and culture.


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts LEED Gold for New Construction. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This rating system from the USGBC recognizes buildings that meet high standards for sustainability
Emanuel cited the closure of the Chicago’s last two coal power plants in Little Village and Pilsen as one of the city’s major environmental wins during his time as mayor.
Rob Whittier, NU’s director of sustainability, travelled to Washington where he received the award on behalf of Northwestern, sharing the stage with national leaders in renewable energy including Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and New Belgium Brewing.