Office Of Sustainability

Office Of Sustainability

Advancing the Greening of Northeastern's Campuses

Northeastern University Facilities Management, and Campus Planning and Real Estate, are committed to achieving Northeastern’s vision of a more sustainable and resilient campus.  Our decades long leadership has resulted in first in class energy reduction, construction of LEED buildings, and an urban campus with arboretum status. 

Northeastern University is carbon neutral through the procurement of renewable energy credits and carbon offsets from offsite wind energy generation and the capture of natural gas from landfills. The credits and offsets are equivalent to the electricity used and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced from energy generated onsite for heating and cooling on our campuses. The renewable energy credit and carbon offset procurements demonstrate the University’s commitment to supporting alternative energy and environmental leadership until efficiency, fuel switching, or other efforts reduce University Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Our leadership does not stop here, as we continue to implement new ideas and partner with our community on sustainability and resilience innovations.

The Office of Sustainability in Facilities Management partners with faculty, students, and staff to implement Northeastern University’s sustainability goals across all campuses.  Through policy and procedure development, data management, communication and community engagement, the Office of Sustainability works to improve outcomes around sustainability and resiliency at Northeastern.

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Sustainability Accomplishments on Campus

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Our Pledge To Sustainability

The University has committed an 80% reduction of Metric Tons of Carbon Equivalent (MTCE) emissions from 2005 levels by 2050 on a gross square foot basis of facilities-controlled space.  Through the President’s leadership and commitment, Facilities Management continues towards our goal, with a total reduction of 39% MTCE/gsf since 2005.



MTCE / 1,000 SF
reduction since 2005

Metric Tons of Carbon Equivalent (MTCE)


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Get Involved and Help Our Campus Stay Green

It takes a community to make a difference, and each of us can help the university achieve its goals though small simple changes.  Learn how you can take action and help create a greener future.

Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Hear from campus experts talking in depth about their successes, challenges, and next steps for implementing lasting change at Northeastern.

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Green Office Challenge

Green Office Challenge

Through small, simple changes, each member of our community can contribute to a more sustainable University.

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Sustainable Work Order Requests

Sustainable Work Order Requests

Going green is easy with the Facilities Online Work Request system. This request form is accessible via your

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COVID-19 Impacts on
Energy at Northeastern


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Sustainability at Northeastern

Northeastern University Arboretum

Northeastern University Arboretum

The Northeastern University Arboretum provides a living museum devoted to the planting and stewardship of plants grown for research, educational, and ornamental purposes.

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Northeastern Dining Services

Northeastern Dining Services

Northeastern Dining Services strives to continually become greener and more sustainable by implementing programs to create a greener campus.

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Northeastern’s Commitment to Sustainability

Northeastern’s Commitment to Sustainability

Northeastern is a university in tune with the world—including the world’s greatest global challenges.

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Sustainability News & Updates

Established Trees – Problems and Preservation

Established trees that have proved to be essential elements of the unique on-campus ecosystem face threats that could potentially jeopardize their existence.

Northeastern Submits STARS Report

Northeastern University achieved a significant milestone by successfully submitting our STARS report to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Our Plastic Pollution Problem May Have More Significant Consequences Than We Think

Plastics are a pervasive source of pollution. And they might also be significantly altering the Earth’s carbon cycle and our ability to monitor it, according to research by Northeastern’s Aron Stubbins. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

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