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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 spinout company Hazel Technologies took home the top prize of $500,000 at the sixth annual Clean Energy Trust Challenge on April 12th.
When the Clinton Global Initiative University convenes at the University of California, Berkeley in early April, 26 Northwestern students will present their ideas to combat global challenges.
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.