Northeastern is deeply committed to maintaining its status as a leader in sustainable practices. Since 2007, when the university became a founding member of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, Northeastern has adopted an official Climate Action Plan and won numerous awards for its green initiatives. And in 2013, in the University of Indonesia’s fourth annual Green Metric Ranking, Northeastern earned the top spot among all American universities—and ranked third out of the 301 schools from 61 countries around the world.
OpenLoop, a partnership between Northeastern University, Cornell University, Princeton University, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Harvey Mudd College, and Memorial University of Newfoundland, is moving on to the final stage of the Hyperloop Pod Competition, hosted by Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX.
Northeastern continues to demonstrate its efforts to meet its Presidents Climate Commitment goals. The recently released Update on Sustainability: 2005-2025 coincided with the COP21 Climate talks in Paris, where more than 150 heads of state and delegates from over 160 countries met to formulate a new international agreement on climate change. The Update on Sustainability demonstrates the university’s campus-wide commitment to reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Read the report here.
On Dec. 10, Northeastern received the Food Recovery Challenge Regional Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s estimated that one-third of all greenhouse gases come from food production. Food and other sustainable materials management/recycling is a critical part of Northeastern’s efforts Climate Action Plan.
Finally, Northeastern has been awarded the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership Award for Business Leaders for its efforts to protect the environment via energy efficiency. See the video here.