Global climate deal to phase out fast-​​growing pollutant. What happens next?

More than 170 coun­tries reached a land­mark cli­mate deal last weekend to limit the use of a chem­ical used in air con­di­tioners and refrig­er­a­tors that’s been called the world’s fastest-​​growing cli­mate pol­lu­tant. North­eastern pro­fessor Matthew Eck­elman weighs in on the deal’s sig­nif­i­cance and the envi­ron­mental trade offs that come with replacing one tech­nology with another.

New professor studies energy in the emerging interdisciplinary field of sustainability science

Jennie Stephens’ research focuses on the global energy tran­si­tion away from fossil fuels toward renewables—particularly, under­standing the social dynamics of inte­grating wind power, solar, and smart grid into energy systems.

The ecosystems ecologist, a wonderer at heart

Asso­ciate pro­fessor Jen­nifer Bowen, a new fac­ulty member at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, studies the inter­con­nect­ed­ness between human activity and some of the world’s tiniest inhabitants—microbes—nestled in marine environments.

The life and career of an engineering ‘genius’

Beaten by the KGB, branded an anti-​​Soviet activist, and black­balled from acad­emia, Alexander Gorlov fled the Soviet Union, immi­grating to America, where he joined the North­eastern fac­ulty in 1976. Gorlov died in June at the age of 85, leaving behind an impres­sive legacy of inven­tion and cre­ativity, including a tur­bine that gar­nered him inter­na­tional acclaim.

Northeastern to invest $25 million of endowment funds in environmental sustainability

A rec­og­nized leader in sus­tain­ability prac­tices, edu­ca­tion, and research, North­eastern will take an inno­v­a­tive addi­tional step to address the global chal­lenge of cli­mate change.

Researchers reveal the hidden environmental and public health impacts of the US healthcare sector

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. health­care sector’s green­house gas emis­sions grew by more than 30 per­cent, accounting for 9.8 per­cent of the national total in 2013. “If the U.S. health­care sector were itself a country, it would rank 13th in the world for green­house gas emis­sions, ahead of the entire U.K.,” states a new paper coau­thored by North­eastern researcher Matthew Eckelman.

Three ways the Northeastern community is addressing ocean plastics pollution

A big emphasis of World Oceans Day this year is bringing aware­ness to the problem of marine plastic pol­lu­tion. Mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity are already focused on this chal­lenge by building sus­tain­able skate­boards, visu­al­izing ocean plas­tics data, and building sen­sors to iden­tify microplas­tics in the sea.

Northeastern joins innovative food systems collaborative

In recog­ni­tion of its forward-​​thinking approach to food, North­eastern Dining was invited to join the Menus of Change Uni­ver­sity Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive, which pro­motes inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and prac­tice to offer healthier, more sus­tain­able menus in dining halls across the country.

3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

International co-​​op boosts student’s interest in sustainability

Marley Kimelman, S/SSH’18, recently returned from a co-​​op in Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked for the city on var­ious green ini­tia­tives and revi­tal­ized a stag­nant water her­itage project.