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 has joined the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) with organizational representation from the Institute of Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN).
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.
Northwestern University was recognized as a gold Campus Sustainability Compact award winner, due to its established and comprehensive sustainability program.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Zdeněk P. Bažant explores the theory.