NU Initiatives and Collaborations

Northwestern University values cross-organizational and interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside of the university in all of its fields of endeavor, and the environment is no exception.  Communication and cooperation between environment-oriented programs, offices, and groups at Northwestern and elsewhere has been crucial to fostering sustainable practices, creating curricula for the study of the environment, and supporting environmental research. 

Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN)

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) was established in 2008 to energize science, technology, learning, and policy endeavors for sustainability and energy issues and to bring together different groups working on sustainability at the University.  Among their many activities are designing and offering a number of undergraduate and graduate courses and supporting ISEN awards for faculty and students.

Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG)

Northwestern University and The Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) have teamed up to develop a unique graduate program, Plant Biology and Conservation.  By making it possible for Northwestern students to work with research staff from CBG, the program provides the skills and knoweldge for students to become scholars and practitioners in plant biology and conservation.  The Garden, comprising 485 acres of plant collections, display gardens, and natural areas,  also hosts a myriad of other conservation, educational, and cultural activities.

Argonne National Laboratory

The Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest and oldest laboratories for science and engineering research, is a primary research partner with Northwestern in the areas of sustainability and energy.  Together they have facilitated innovative directions in faculty research and new educational opportunities for Northwestern students in a variety of departments and programs. 

Semester in Environmental Science (SES)- MBL

This program, in collaboration with Northwestern University, consists of 15-week fall semester at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, featuring a field and laboratory-based introduction to ecosystem science and the biogeochemistry of coastal forests, freshwater ponds and estuaries.  Scientists at the Ecosystems Center serve as faculty for the program.