Dozens of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents trekked in a loop around campus on Wednesday, hauling five-​​gallon jugs of water in the swel­tering midday heat. No, it wasn’t an inno­v­a­tive new workout regimen—instead, it was an aware­ness exer­cise orga­nized by Northeastern’s stu­dent chapter of Engi­neers Without Bor­ders (EWB) that high­lighted a clean-​​water dis­tri­b­u­tion system the group isworking on in Uganda.

The activity was part of a sus­tain­ability fair held on Cen­ten­nial Quad, where stu­dent groups and uni­ver­sity orga­ni­za­tions set up tables high­lighting green ini­tia­tives and sus­tain­ability prac­tices going on across campus.

Kevin McMorrow, a sopho­more and EWB member who trav­eled to Uganda in May, said the “Jer­rycan Chal­lenge” was orga­nized so North­eastern stu­dents could “shoulder the weight of how people in third-​​world coun­tries live.” The yellow jugs were sim­ilar in size to those that people in the Bbanda vil­lage of Uganda used to fetch often-​​contaminated water.

Else­where on the Quad, sus­tain­ability tables high­lighted efforts by other groups such as the Husky Energy Action Team, the Envi­ron­mental Law Society and the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion (SGA).

Car­o­line Mal­colm, a senior and SGA’s director of sus­tain­ability ini­tia­tives, pointed to sev­eral green projects the asso­ci­a­tion is under­taking to pro­mote sus­tain­able living, including new recy­cling con­tainers in dor­mi­to­ries and the university’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the national Recy­cle­Mania com­pe­ti­tion next spring.

It’s going to be a great year for sus­tain­ability ini­tia­tives,” Mal­colm said.

Carol Rosskam, sus­tain­ability pro­gram man­ager at North­eastern, said the two-​​day event is meant to show­case the university’s ded­i­ca­tion to inte­grating sus­tain­able prac­tices into campus oper­a­tions, cur­riculum, research and education.

Sus­tain­ability is also a focus of use-​​inspired research at North­eastern, along with other crit­ical global chal­lenges in secu­rity and health.

On Thursday, a dis­cus­sion among three fac­ulty pan­elists focused on sus­tain­ability research, edu­ca­tion and out­reach. Peter Furth, pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering, pre­sented his vision for a net­work of green­ways throughout the Boston area, saying they con­tribute enor­mously to urban life and yield the most sus­tain­able form of transportation—bicycling.

Mean­while, sustainability’s rela­tion­ship to marine life also took center stage. Matthew Bracken, assis­tant pro­fessor of biology, dis­cussed the causes and con­se­quences of changes in marine bio­di­ver­sity. Geof­frey Trussell, asso­ciate pro­fessor of biology and director of Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center in Nahant,explained the affects of cli­mate change on marine ecosys­tems. “Without a healthy planet, we can’t have a healthy society,” Trussell said.