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 carbon free, renewable energy credits from offsite wind energy generation facilities. The credits are equivalent to the electricity used on our campuses and are comparable to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced from energy generated onsite for heating and cooling.  The renewable energy credit purchases demonstrate the University’s commitment to supporting alternative energy and environmental leadership until efficiency, fuel switching, or other efforts reduce University Scope 1 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.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Learn how you can contribute to the exciting sustainability efforts happening on campus.

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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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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

A Winter Solstice Story: What Boilers and 5 hours of Daylight Taught Me About Energy Conservation

What Carol Rosskam, Sustainability Program Mgr. - Office of Sustainability learned in the Yukon about energy conservation and sustainability and how it shaped her life.

Hunger on College Campuses is Real, and These Students are Doing Something About it

NU Mutual Aid holds a mobile food pantry to provide resources for food insecure community members on Centennial Common.

A Sweet Solution to Plastic Pollution

Hongli (Julie) Zhu, an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern, developed a way to create biodegradable food containers using sugarcane and bamboo fibers.

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