Ways Northeastern has Gone Green

LEED_StatAt home, Northeastern has made impactful reforms to building construction, recycling programs, and other parts of campus life that have made the university a leading green college.

Three campus buildings have achieved LEED Gold certification: the George J. Kostas Center for Homeland Security, Dockser Hall, and International Village, which includes the first U.S. university dining hall to earn both a 3-star certified Green Restaurant Association distinction and LEED Gold status.

The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, slated to open in 2017, is also expected to receive an LEED Gold certification.

About 38 percent of campus waste is recycled, including more than 220 tons of mixed paper, 269 tons of cardboard, 76 tons of bottles and cans, and 35 tons of electronics a year. By comparison, 22 percent of the city of Boston’s waste is recycled.

More than 190 refillable water-bottle stations are located around campus, which decreases the use of plastic bottles.

In 2012, students launched the “Be Green” program with NU Dining that has composted more than 600 tons of pre- and post-consumer food waste.