How Northeastern Goes Green

Thanks to high-impact changes in building construction, recycling practices, and other features of campus life, Northeastern has earned distinction as a green university.

The university was a 2007 signator to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and reaffirmed its support for the 2015 Paris Climate Accord in mid-2017. Year after year, the university appears in the Princeton Review’s Green Campus Survey and GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities. And participation always runs high in the student-led Recyclemania, an annual recycling competition among U.S. educational institutions.

Results by the numbers


In 2013, Northeastern became Boston’s first educational institution to join the Real Food Challenge when it pledged to purchase at least 20 percent of food supplies from local, sustainable sources by 2020. The campus boasts five LEED-certified buildings: Dockser Hall, Gold 2009; International Village, Gold 2010; George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Gold 2014; East Village, Silver 2015; Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Gold anticipated in 2017.
256 Cardboard
148 Mixed paper
99 Bottles and cans
35 Electronics
28 Mattresses
27 Used goods redistributed through the annual student-run Trash2Treasure event
135 Grease, “brown” drain-trap
19 Grease, “yellow” fryolater
325 Landscaping compost
666 Food compost (pre- and post-consumer waste) Composting initiated by students in 2007 continues through the Be Green program, launched in 2012 by NU Dining Services
190+ refillable water-bottle stations on campus
9.7M plastic water bottles removed from the waste stream

41% of campus waste recycled in 2016