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.


Northwestern University is accepting applications for an Assistant/Associate Tenure-Track Professor in Environmental Social Science.
Northwestern University has joined the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) with organizational representation from the Institute of Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN).
In a partnership with Loyola’s Biodiesel Lab, NU dining hall cooking oil waste is getting new life by being processed into fuel for shuttle buses.
Green Office helps decrease a department’s or office’s environmental impact by offering guidance on energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and increasing environmental awareness in the workplace.