Events + Resources
Find out how clean Boston tap water really is, and cut back on bottled water consumption. Mass Water Resources Authority publishes everything you might want to know about your local water, including annual reports on drinking water test results, the 2008 Boston Water and Sewer Annual Report, information on lead in tap water (Massachusetts' is lead free), and information on free water conservation kits
The university's Office of Environmental Health and Safety is committed to providing a safe and healthful learning, teaching, and research environment that protects faculty, staff, and students from exposure to hazardous materials, safeguards against occupational injuries and illnesses, and complies with federal, state, and local regulations.
The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010 at storyofcosmetics.org, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.
The film was made in close partnership with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics a national coalition working to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.
Tips on Reducing Hazardous Household Products
Find out which hazardous household products contribute to environmental pollution and how to avoid them.
Organic and Fair-Trade Clothing
Don't throw out your used printer cartridges. Recycling them is easy. Just bring them to 22 Ell Hall (Monday through Friday, 7 am - 5 pm). Or-for HP cartridges-you can either return ink cartridges directly to Staples or mail them back to HP (fill out a mailing label online or refer to HP's list of frequently asked questions).
Northeastern has teamed up with keyforhope.org, an Avon, Mass.-based nonprofit dedicated to recycling old keys and directing the money toward providing food and clothing for shelters. Bring your old keys to Work Order, Cullinane Hall, 288 St. Botolph Street (behind the BACK of the YMCA Boston/across from Hurtig Hall), where you'll find two designated recycling buckets. The organization has already recycled more than 50,000 keys.
A biannual event held during Move In and Move Out weeks. Students donate useable items they would otherwise throw out. Volunteer's from Northeastern's Husky Energy Action Team collect and store the items till the following season, when they are sold during a campus-wide tag sale. All proceeds go to the local environmental justice organization Alternatives for Community and Environment. Leftover items are donated to a different local charity each year. Event details will be posted closer to the date.
Find books, journals, abstracts, and more on Snell Library's Sustainability Resources site, compiled by Jamie Dendy, head librarian for research and instruction and member of the Northeastern Sustainability Committee.
The university features a self-service bike-repair stand underneath the archway near the north tower of West Village A.
The Northeastern University Police Department offers a bicycle registration program that provides valuable discounts and security benefits.
Northeastern has partnered with the city of Boston by sponsoring a bike station in the North Lot (the surface lot next to Stetson East) as part of the Hubway Bikeshare program. Plan your route with this Boston Bike Map.
The university also offers an indoor bicycle-locking area at Renaissance Park Garage, and showers and lockers are available for bicyclists to use at the Marino Center and Squashbusters.
Faculty and staff may purchase transit passes on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction and students can access additional transportation resources—including discounted rail passes—on the Off Campus Student Services website. Northeastern is also a partner of MassRIDES, a service of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) that promotes smarter commuting options and practices.
Vehicles and Parking
The university has acquired several small electric vehicles for use on campus by facilities personnel. Electric charging stations are available off-campus; check this map for nearby locations.
For faculty and staff using Northeastern’s on-campus parking facilities, parking permits may be purchased quarterly or annually through payroll deduction using pre-tax dollars.