For additional information, please see the university’s Sustainability website. You may also find information regarding Northeastern’s Recycling program. Northeastern University is deeply committed to becoming a greener institution. In 2007, the University became a founding member of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a nationwide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions among institutions of higher learning. In 2010, Northeastern officially adopted a climate action strategy called “Sustainable Action Plan: Roadmap towards Carbon Neutrality.” Later that year, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, one of the most rigorous assessors of sustainability practices on college campuses, awarded Northeastern one of the highest ratings in North America on its 2011 College Sustainability Report Card—an A-, which is the highest of any Boston-based university. The university was also cited as  part of the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll 2009-2012-  “America’s Greenest College”, and #3 worldwide out of 301 schools by the Green Metric Ranking of World Universities in 2013. Northeastern is a new member of the Clinton Global Initiative University Network, and in 2013 signed the Green Chemistry Commitment promising to graduate chemistry majors proficient in the theory and practice of developing environmentally responsible chemicals.


You can start with small steps to include more sustainable practices in your life by WALKING, USING YOUR BIKE, RIDESHARE, HUBWAY BIKESHARES or PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION  instead of driving your car. Each bike on the road means one less car on the road. Keep your bike and yourself safe by following traffic laws, wearing a helmet and reflective clothing, using night lights and protective gear, employing proper bike locking techniques, and registering your bike.

Here’s a link to register your bike:

Learn more about the connection between transportation and public health from the new resources developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Center for Disease Control:  



The Northeastern University Update on Sustainability 2005 – 2025 is now available for download.  This brief booklet summarizes the university’s commitment to sustainability, our achievements to date, and outlines goals for the next ten years.

NEU Update on Sustainability 2005-2025



2015 Sustainability Accomplishments and Awards


NU Sustainable Practices & Operations Guidelines


Sustainability Photo Gallery