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The secrets to success in urban design

2/28/13 The key to designing suc­cessful sus­tain­able cities of the future is keeping many fac­tors of urban design in mind simul­ta­ne­ously, according to land­scape archi­tect Gerdo P. Aquino.

Climate change and national security

2/20/13 Cli­mate change is causing sea levels to rise, and that’s a serious con­cern for the United States Navy, according to David W. Titley, a retired rear admiral.

Researchers transcend boundaries for science

2/19/13 To under­stand and over­come the com­plex­i­ties of cli­mate change, sci­en­tists, engi­neers, social sci­en­tists, and policy makers must tran­scend the bound­aries that have tra­di­tion­ally con­fined their work, according to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Matthias Ruth. He deliv­ered the state­ment on Sunday at a sym­po­sium he hosted on urban adap­ta­tion to envi­ron­mental changes.

Seminal conference to explore urban coastal sustainability

2/5/13 The majority of the world’s cities lie on a shore­line, and by 2020, two-​​thirds of all Amer­i­cans are expected to reside in coastal cities. From San Fran­cisco to Boston to Hong Kong, humans are living in ever-​​closer quar­ters with the marine species that set up shop here eons ago.

Farmers market on wheels

1/24/13 Boston res­i­dents who live in neigh­bor­hoods lacking access to healthy and afford­able pro­duce may soon be able to pur­chase high-​​quality fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles at a rea­son­able cost. Two alumni are working to con­vert a bus into the Fresh Truck, a social ven­ture that would trans­port healthy food into “food deserts,” or dis­tricts in urban set­tings without wide access to gro­cery stores.

Bike repairs made easy

1/18/13 Mem­bers of Northeastern’s cycling com­mu­nity now have a ded­i­cated loca­tion to per­form every-​​day fix-​​its on low tires, loose chains, and other med­dle­some problems.

Students join global leaders’ climate change mission

1/9/13 Vic­toria Porell, a fourth-​​year polit­ical sci­ence and inter­na­tional affairs com­bined major, frames cli­mate change as the quin­tes­sen­tial global issue, one which cannot be solved on a country-​​by-​​country basis. “Cli­mate change is one of the first truly global human secu­rity prob­lems,” she explained. “It’s not some­thing that any one state can take on, because cli­mate doesn’t under­stand borders.”

The politics of climate change

1/3/13 For years, sci­en­tists, politi­cians, and other stake­holders have debated the exis­tence of cli­mate change and its impact on the envi­ron­ment. But the dev­as­tating impact of Hur­ri­cane Sandy appears to have been a tip­ping point in the national conversation.

New journal explores urban climate change

12/11/12 Matthias Ruth, a pro­fessor with joint appoint­ments in the Col­lege of Engi­neering and the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, is the co-​​editor in chief of a new aca­d­emic journal that takes an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary look at the rela­tion­ship between urban dynamics and cli­mate change.

Clearing the air on pollution’s health effects

11/29/12 Pol­i­cy­makers often develop new envi­ron­mental rules and reg­u­la­tions based on the rec­om­men­da­tions of researchers whose exper­tise lie in the envi­ron­mental health sciences.

Green High Performance Computing Center opens its doors

11/19/12 We heat up when we’re working hard. Com­puters do, too. And as big data con­tinues to get bigger, we’re asking these machines to work even harder, which means they require more energy than ever.

3Qs: How cities prepare for the next Sandy

11/14/12 Sev­eral weeks after Hur­ri­cane Sandy made land­fall on the East Coast, the dev­as­ta­tion is still being felt — par­tic­u­larly in hard-​​hit sec­tions of New York and New Jersey. The storm has also raised ques­tions about how major cities can pre­pare for the next major weather event of its kind. Jane Amidon, pro­fessor of archi­tec­ture and director of the urban land­scape pro­gram in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, looks at what urban design lessons can be learned from Hur­ri­cane Sandy, and why researchers must take an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to preparing for another nat­ural disaster.

Erin Brockovich to students: Never give up

11/9/12 In 1993, Erin Brock­ovich found her­self steeped in an envi­ron­mental and public health crisis affecting the town of Hinckley, Calif. Hun­dreds of people of all ages were being diag­nosed with cancer, an out­come ulti­mately traced to ground­water con­t­a­m­i­na­tion stem­ming from a local energy plant. Without the aid of any legal training, Brock­ovich became the community’s pri­mary advo­cate and forced the com­pany to be held respon­sible for its neg­li­gent actions—an effort that gar­nered her national fame.

For energy-storage devices, thin is in

11/9/12 Cell phones as thin and flex­ible as a sheet of paper. Energy-​​storing house paint. Roll-​​up touch screen dis­plays. These are the sorts of devices that the engi­neering industry is preparing for and expecting. But if any of them is to work, said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity mechan­ical and indus­trial engi­neering pro­fessor Yung Joon Jung, experts also need to create a thin and flex­ible energy-​​storage system. His lab has devel­oped such a system.

3Qs: Lessons from Sandy

11/1/12 Hurricane Sandy killed dozens and left millions in the dark. Stephen Flynn, the founding co-​​director of Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Security, and an expert in community resilience and critical infrastructure protection, suggests that the key to withstanding such fierce natural disasters lies in taking care of our nation’s critical infrastructure.

3Qs: With Sandy, climate change ‘loads the dice’

10/31/12 Though it’s dif­fi­cult to tie a spe­cific storm like Hur­ri­cane Sandy to the phe­nom­enon of cli­mate change, Auroop Gan­guly, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering at North­eastern, says “It is becoming increas­ingly harder to ignore the empir­ical evi­dence” that human-​​influenced cli­mate change affects the weather.

Environmental economics reframe pipeline debate

10/10/12 A 750-​​mile pipeline across Canada cuts through First Nation lands and pris­tine envi­ron­ments to bring oil-​​rich tar sands to a new ter­minal on the Pacific Ocean. The com­pany behind the project, the Cal­gary, Alberta-​​based Enbridge Inc., argues that the pipeline will create thou­sands of jobs and an influx of cash from the Asian com­pa­nies that will buy and process the tar sands.

Do species matter?

10/3/12 Even under the most opti­mistic climate-​​change sce­narios, species loss may reach 30 per­cent by the end of the cen­tury, according to Ronald San­dler, asso­ciate pro­fessor of phi­los­ophy in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties.

Scientists study seawalls on the seashore

9/25/12 Oyster reefs and sandy beaches have his­tor­i­cally bor­dered many pic­turesque coast­lines. But in an effort to pre­vent ero­sion, coastal devel­opers are increas­ingly replacing these living shore­lines with rocks and seawalls.

A ‘model’ approach to studying coastal ecosystems

9/24/12 In the Pacific North­west, beach grass com­mu­ni­ties often create sand dunes that mit­i­gate coastal ero­sion and flooding risks stem­ming from rising sea levels caused by cli­mate change.

An old species blossoms anew to pollute water

9/21/12 Cyanobac­teria are among the oldest organ­isms on earth — they were the orig­inal oxygen-​​producing species and are thought to be respon­sible for the direc­tion life has taken on earth. Nonethe­less, they aren’t the friend­liest of species. Cyanobac­teria pro­duce neu­ro­toxins, which can kill mam­mals in a matter of hours if ingested.

An economics approach to sustainability

9/18/12 Matthias Ruth had long been inter­ested in envi­ron­mental issues but found it hard to use his own discipline—economics —as a tool to unite eco­nomic deci­sion making with indus­trial and urban con­straints.   “Econ­o­mists are really good at devel­oping models of things that are traded in mar­kets, but a lot of things we value—like the environment—have no market and no price,” said Ruth, who is joining Northeastern’s fac­ulty this fall as a pro­fessor with joint appoint­ments in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties’ School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and the Col­lege of Engi­neering.

Northeastern to host Millennium Campus Conference

9/10/12 North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will host the fourth annual Mil­len­nium Campus Con­fer­ence on Sept. 14–15, bringing together world-​​renowned speakers and 1,000 col­lege stu­dents to dis­cuss issues of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and extreme poverty.

High honors for ‘green’ efforts, career services

8/23/12 North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received high marks for its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability and out­standing career ser­vices in The Princeton Review’s latest annual rank­ings of the 377 Best Colleges.

Sustainable design for sustainable energy

8/10/12 The United States has set a goal of gen­er­ating 54 gigawatts of off­shore wind energy by 2030 — enough to power tens of mil­lions of Amer­ican homes. But in order to reach that goal, experts must first over­come a variety of lim­i­ta­tions, including the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties of wind farms in hurricanes.

3Qs: Back to the dust bowl?

8/1/12 The western and southern United States is cur­rently expe­ri­encing the worst drought since 1988, prompting the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture to declare a fed­eral dis­aster area in 1,300 coun­ties across 29 states. Drought, says civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering pro­fessor Auroop Gan­guly, has a major impact on food pro­duc­tion and fresh­water secu­rity, in addi­tion to per­sonal safety, which has been impaired by wild­fires sparked by the lack of pre­cip­i­ta­tion. We asked Gan­guly to explain the effects of cli­mate change on drought and its impact on the environment.

Moving past Qatar’s carbon economy

6/26/12 Mechan­ical and indus­trial engi­neering researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity have been awarded three, three-​​year grants totaling $785,000 from the Qatar Foun­da­tion for Edu­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Com­mu­nity Development.

Keeping it clean

6/25/12 This story appears in the School of Law’s Summer 2012 Mag­a­zine. It was written by free­lancer Tracey Palmer.

Wheeling toward a sustainable future

6/22/12 When com­pared with a four-​​mile car ride, a four-​​mile bicycle ride keeps about 15 pounds of pol­lu­tants out of the air we breathe, according to the World­watch Insti­tute. But a host of chal­lenges tend to stand in our way, not the least of which may be the piercing pain we feel in our quadri­ceps while ped­aling up steep hills.

Catalan president talks public transit, economy

6/21/12 Artur Mas, the 129th pres­i­dent of the gov­ern­ment of Cat­alonia, Spain, said on Wednesday morning at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity that his com­mu­nity of roughly 7 mil­lion people strives to emu­late Mass­a­chu­setts’ eco­nomic success.

Safe city biking: It can happen

6/20/12 Cycling can have enor­mous ben­e­fits both for our own health and the health of the envi­ron­ment. Urban areas are uniquely primed to allow com­muters to dras­ti­cally reduce their carbon foot­print by choosing to bike to work rather than drive or even use public trans­porta­tion. But in the United States, fewer than one per­cent of com­muters actu­ally choose this option.

Lindsay Rosenfeld 3Qs: Hot, hot heat

6/12/12 A record-​​breaking heat wave hit the East Coast last week, fol­lowed by a spate of rain and thun­der­storms. We asked Auroop Gan­guly, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering whose exper­tise lies in under­standing cli­mate change and extreme weather, to explain the rela­tion­ship between heat waves and global warming.

Farmers market returns with more food options

5/24/12 The pop­ular campus Farmers Market, which launched last summer after years of behind-​​the-​​scenes work by stu­dent orga­nizers, has returned for the season with more ven­dors and a broader selec­tion of goods.

Farmers market Design for deconstruction: building with sustainability in mind

5/24/12 When North­eastern pro­fessor Jerry Hajjar thinks about the future of building design, he envi­sions a booming new industry that hinges on sus­tain­ability. This means dis­man­tling aging build­ings and reusing the com­po­nents in new struc­tures, rather than lev­eling the build­ings and starting from scratch.

Antarctica penguin 'Green' dress, red carpet

5/23/12 For years, Valentina Delfino, BA’10, has longed to be the answer to the fashion industry’s most impor­tant ques­tion: “Who are you wearing?” But she didn’t think she would garner such recog­ni­tion so early in her career.

The environmental impact of anesthetic gases

5/22/12 The poten­tial health impacts of cli­mate change are far reaching. Car­dio­vas­cular dis­ease, heat-​​related asthma and mal­nu­tri­tion due to com­pro­mised food secu­rity are just a few of the asso­ci­ated risks. The health-​​care system in which patients are even­tu­ally treated is respon­sible for 8 per­cent of the nation’s green­house gas emis­sions. According to civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering assis­tant pro­fessor Matthew Eck­elman, this all raises the inter­esting ques­tion of how the health-​​care industry itself is affecting our health through direct and indi­rect changes in our environment.

A solar-powered solution to the worldwide water crisis

5/11/12 North­eastern Uni­ver­sity student-​​researchers have cre­ated a solar-​​powered desali­na­tion system designed to address the world­wide water crisis by pro­ducing potable ocean water.

Service under the sun

5/1/12 Ten seniors donned gar­dening gloves, wielded lop­pers and swung pick­axes under the Monday morning sun on Mis­sion Hill’s McLaughlin Woodlands.

A better future for urban coastal environments

4/26/12 More than two-​​thirds of the world’s major cities are by the sea. As the world’s pop­u­la­tion grows, many of those cities are expe­ri­encing mas­sive influxes, which trans­late into increasing bur­dens on coastal environments, according to Geoff Trussell, director of Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center and chair of the Depart­ment of Earth and Envi­ron­mental Sci­ences.

Redesigning Boston’s North End

4/24/12 Six North­eastern Uni­ver­sity civil engi­neering seniors say they have the answer to solving traffic prob­lems and pedes­trian con­ges­tion that plague Boston’s North End: sea­sonal, portable sidewalks.

Praful Mathur 3Qs: Green chemistry

4/23/12 On Sunday, people in more than 175 countries celebrated Earth Day in honor of making the planet a little greener. We decided to take that opportunity to speak with chemistry and chemical biology chair Graham Jones about Northeastern’s role in the emerging field of green chemistry.

Ferdi Hellweger Swimming in that ‘dirty’ water?

4/20/12 The Charles River has a long history of pollution — Boston’s anthem, “Dirty Water,” was first recorded more than forty years ago. But taking a dip was common practice until the 1950s, when people started to realize that industrial waste and sewage runoff were making swimming hazardous.

Michael Hoffman Walking the talk to bring sustainability to the forefront

4/11/12 The College of Business Administration recently launched the new Business Sustainability Institute to promote sustainability in research, teaching and service as well as through interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and with industry.

cameroon Measuring water contamination in New Zealand

3/29/12 The magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand, in February 2011 is considered to be one of the island country’s most deadly and expensive disasters, killing 185 people and costing an estimated $30 million.

cameroon 3Qs: What is ‘global weirding’?

3/20/12 Auroop Ganguly — an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering who heads Northeastern’s Sustainability and Data Sciences Lab — explains how global climate change and extreme weather, such as hurricanes and heat waves, could affect water sustainability, critical infrastructures and human health.

Helping scientific discovery grow

3/19/12 Murray Gibson, dean of the College of Science, opened the 15th annual Humic Science and Technology Conference — held last week at Northeastern — by admitting that he, like many people, didn’t know what humic substances (HS) were for most of his life.

Study: Loss of rare species can harm ecosystems

3/15/12 Here’s another reason to cheer for the little guy. A new study co-authored by Matthew Bracken, assistant professor of biology in Northeastern’s College of Science, has found that rare species from the bottom of the food chain can have a large impact on an ecosystem’s health.

George Thrush Building a better city

3/7/12 George Thrush, director of Northeastern’s School of Architecture in the College of Arts, Media and Design, said great academic programs are predicated on three key elements: a strong faculty, a close examination of timely problems and students who understand the importance of those problems.

Auroop Ganguly Population growth would fuel global water shortage

3/7/12 A century from now, the world will be a dryer place. Population rise will lead to a greater demand for water and climate change will decrease global rainfall, increase evaporation and lower supply. These changes will have a tangible impact on society, from individuals hoping to quench their thirst to governments planning national security strategies and international trade routes.

Laura Lewis Building a super magnet

3/2/12 Super strong magnets found in electronic devices such as computers and mobile phones play a crucial role in modern life, but the rare earth elements that power these magnets have fallen into short supply.

University’s commitment to sustainability garners global acclaim

1/11/12 Northeastern University continues to gain recognition for its long-standing commitment to sustainability, ranking second among 178 schools worldwide in the University of Indonesia (UI) GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities. The UI GreenMetric ranks higher education institutions on their efforts toward campus sustainability and environmentally friendly university management.

Taking on extreme weather

12/20/11 Auroop Ganguly, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University, studies climate change and extreme weather events — such as hurricanes, rainfall and heat waves — from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Students seek to bag global pollution

11/28/11 Every year, more than one trillion plastic bags are circulated across the globe — roughly one million every minute. Northeastern students Kelly Benoit and Adrian Van are working to reduce that number, starting on Huntington Avenue.

Unlocking nature’s secrets

11/28/11 Northeastern University freshman Steffi Klosterman completed her first experiential learning opportunity even before she arrived on campus in the fall.

From trash to treasure

8/24/11 Students looking for practical dorm room staples this fall, such as mirrors, bed risers and storage units,  have an alternative to shelling out dough at the nearest retail store. In fact, their fellow Huskies may have already donated the goods they seek. 

Bikes Recycle your ride

8/3/11 Northeastern University has partnered with the city of Boston as part of a bike-sharing program called Hubway, which allows users to rent bicycles and pedal between a series of newly installed stations throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. The program will feature 61 stations, including one at Northeastern’s North Parking Lot on Hemenway Street that holds up to 11 bicycles at a time. A second Hubway station, though not maintained by the University, is situated on Columbus Avenue between Renaissance Garage and International Village near the Ruggles T Station.

Northeastern rated a standout among the best

8/3/11 For the third consecutive year, Northeastern University has been recognized by The Princeton Review for its commitment to sustainability. In the new 2012 annual college guide, “The 376 Best Colleges,” Northeastern made the Green Honor Roll for its outstanding commitment to campus sustainability through environmental policies, practices and academic offerings.

Inaugural farmers market makes fresh impression

7/22/11 Some of the freshest fruits and vegetables in Boston could be found at Northeastern University on Wednesday, when the campus’s first-ever farmers market was held on Centennial Common.

Solar boat designers feeling good about green

7/15/11 Over the last year, a group of Northeastern University engineering students built a solar-powered boat not only to compete in a national collegiate competition, but also to shed light on the potential of green technology.

3 Qs 3Qs: When oil and water (and land) mix

7/12/11 Last year it was the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and then another in China in early June and just last week, Montana suffered an oil spill, with an estimated 42,000 gallons dumping into the Yellowstone River. Jennifer Cole, director of the Environmental Studies Program at Northeastern, discusses how oil spills affect wildlife and irrigation, and emphasizes the need to reevaluate our dependence on fossil fuels.

geneva From undergraduate paper to global policy document

6/28/11 It’s not often than an undergraduate term paper turns into an internationally circulated policy document. But that’s exactly what happened to Tori Porell, a sophomore international affairs major at Northeastern University, who is wrapping up a six-month co-op at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland.

cameroon From Northeastern lab bench to field test in Africa

6/17/11 A Northeastern University team will travel to Cameroon this fall to test a device designed by students to help poor farmers preserve their food using solar power — an endeavor that they hope will ultimately result in new opportunities for entrepreneurship and healthier living in the western African country.

Students design Power Down System Students design system to power down home appliances

5/26/11 Excess home power usage can send individuals’ energy bills through the roof and often leave utility companies scrambling to relieve pressure on the grid. So Northeastern University students devised a home energy-control system that monitors power levels inside a particular home — or even throughout an entire apartment building or neighborhood — potentially saving homeowners cash and helping to prevent widespread blackouts.

Trash 2 Treasure One person’s trash is their treasure

5/18/11 During the Spring 2008 move-out, then-Northeastern sophomore Dan Abrams noticed his roommate was preparing to junk an unwanted toaster.

Praful Mathur Foresight provides insight

5/4/11 Not only has Praful Mathur’s entrepreneurial spirit helped him flourish at Northeastern University, but it also recently provided him with an opportunity to attend a dynamic international conference that brought together world leaders, visionary minds and ambitious students.

Gorlov A high honor for harnessing ocean’s energy

5/4/11 Alexander Gorlov, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at Northeastern University, has been nominated for a 2011 European Inventor Award for designing an environmentally friendly water turbine.

Centennial Common at Northeastern University High honors for 'green' campus

4/19/11 Northeastern University has been honored with the 2011 Green Business Award, presented on Friday by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the fifth annual Mayor’s Green Awards. The University is the only higher-education institution this year to be recognized for its multi-dimensional sustainability strategy and leadership in green initiatives.

Lindsay Rosenfeld Allergic to home

4/6/11 Building characteristics—public housing or private duplex, tall or short, new or old—are associated with indoor allergens, according to a new study by Northeastern researchers. The report, published in the Journal of Urban Health, found a clinically significant level of cat allergen was associated with living in high-rise buildings, and a high level of mouse allergen was associated with living in public housing. We asked lead author Lindsay Rosenfeld, associate research scientist for the Institute on Urban Health Research, to assess the findings.

Career fair for the socially minded

3/21/11 By May, senior Jason Whye could be restoring natural habitats or removing invasive plants as a community crew leader for a national conservation group that hires students to work in the national parks and forests.

Engineering a response to world hunger—the solar food dryer

2/2/11 A group of Northeastern University engineering students has come up with a low-cost way to help the world’s poor preserve food with the power of the sun.

Undergraduates design clean, green heating machine

1/28/11 Calls to curb the world’s dependence on fossil fuels have grown louder in recent years, and scientists worldwide continue to push for breakthroughs in the green technology industry. Last year, five Northeastern University engineering students found themselves in the heart of this global issue—designing a low-cost bioreactor that produces clean biofuels.

HEAT members Northeastern does it in the dark

1/11/11 Each year, the student environmental group HEAT (Husky Energy Action Team) sponsors a three-week-long called Do it in the Dark. The goal: to reduce each on-campus residence hall's overall energy consumption.

More Green High Marks for Northeastern

1/3/11 Universatas Indonesia (UI) announced its Green Metric World University Ranking for 2010. Out of nearly 95 universities surveyed throughout the world, Northeastern ranked fourth overall, and second in the United States. UI factored in the location, amount of green space, electrical consumption, waste management, as well as policies, actions, and communication related to sustainability. The criteria was weighted and given a corresponding numerical score, which allows for quick comparisons with other universities addressing the problems of sustainability and environmental impact.

Laura Lewis Rare earth elements and global energy strategy

12/6/10 Economic and geopolitical trends suggest the supply of rare earth elements (REEs) will not be able to keep up with global demand. A concern is growing as China, which controls about 95 percent of the world's REE exports, has indicated that it might reduce its international trade in the metals. These elements are critical components in the development of clean energy products and have applications in defense and high-technology manufacturing.

Green report card

11/10/10 Northeastern University earned one of the highest ratings in the country in the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, an annual survey that ranks sustainability and energy efficiency at more than 300 North American college and university campuses. The report card is developed and released each year by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, an independent organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices.

William Detrich Warming seas may imperil Antarctic fish

10/14/10 William Detrich, professor of biochemistry and marine biology in the College of Science at Northeastern University, has been awarded $639,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance his research on the effects of global warming on Antarctic fish and the role of these fish in the Antarctic food chain.

Green Chic Green, chic, and a great place to eat

10/1/10 Northeastern University’s newest residence hall, International Village, has recently won Food Management magazine’s “Best Concept” award and was named “Best New Facility” by Food Management Magazine not only for its high-quality and sustainable menu options, but for leading the way in green construction. Chock full of vegan, vegetarian and exotic food choices, it is also the first LEED Gold Certified university dining facility to operate two 3-star certified Green Restaurants in the United States.

Northeastern University students hauling five-gallon jugs of water around campus Spotlight on Sustainability

9/30/10 Dozens of Northeastern University students trekked in a loop around campus on Wednesday, hauling five-gallon jugs of water in the sweltering midday heat. No, it wasn’t an innovative new workout regimen—instead, it was an awareness exercise organized by Northeastern’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) that highlighted a clean-water distribution system the group is working on in Uganda.  

Landscaper Marty Slazas tamps down recycled material around Forsyth Street trees to prevent water runoff. Photo by Craig Bailey Predicting the impact of climate change

9/21/10 The functional differences between organisms will provide a critical view into how the effects of global warming may take hold in the future, according to internationally renowned biologist George Somero, who spoke at the inaugural Distinguished Lectureship hosted by Northeastern University’s Department of Biology on Sept. 15.

Marine Science Center expanding research capacity

9/17/10 Northeastern University's Marine Science Center in Nahant will undergo dramatic renovations that will strengthen the coastal facility's capability to perform marine science and ocean engineering research, thanks to a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Learning to build more sustainable lives

8/9/10 A month-long field study in sustainability to Costa Rica this past spring got off to a shaky start - mudslides turned a 40-mile car trip into a four-hour adventure - but it yielded a transformative experiential learning opportunity for the nine Northeastern students who participated.

Northeastern named to Green Honor Roll, again

8/2/10 Northeastern was among 18 colleges and universities selected from 703 institutions that made the Princeton Review "2010 Green Rating Honor Roll" for its outstanding commitment to campus sustainability through environmental policies, practices, and academic offerings. Each school named to the honor roll received the highest possible score (99) in its Green Rating tallies. This is the second year in a row Northeastern made the list.

Water sampling Time to test the water

7/30/10 Every afternoon, Northeastern University graduate student Xioadan Ruan rides her bike along the Charles River, collecting water samples at five potential swimming areas.

Northeastern helps boost neighborhood energy saving campaign

7/5/10 This summer Cambridge Energy Alliance (CAE) and NSTAR will be reaching out to Cambridge's small business community to promote energy efficiency measures and accompanied incentives. The Cambridge commercial canvass is made possible through a partnership with Northeastern University's Summer Discovery program, which is supplying six volunteers for the duration of the small commercial campaign. After several days of training, volunteers will visit Cambridge's small businesses establishments, and alert businesses of money-saving opportunities in their buildings.

Kassi Stein A passion for problem solving, and saving trees

5/26/10 Northeastern student Kassi Stein says she has long had a passion for research. Participating in the Gordon Engineering Leadership Scholar Program her freshman year got her off to a strong start in pursuing that passion.

Transforming waste plastic into an alternative fuel

5/10/10 Student researchers at Northeastern University have designed an apparatus to convert plastic waste into clean energy without releasing harmful emissions.

President leads tour of Northeastern’s coastal research gem

5/4/10 Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun welcomed leaders from the public and private sectors to the Marine Science Center in Nahant on May 3, providing a tour of the facility that highlighted the groundbreaking research being done off the coastal shores of Massachusetts.

Joan Fitzgerald, urban planner, and professor. It’s easy being green after all

5/3/10 Joan Fitzgerald, urban planner, professor, and director of the Law, Policy and Society program in Northeastern's College of Arts and Sciences, recently authored "Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development." The book extols the value of going green to drive economic growth in our cities. In this Q&A, Fitzgerald offers her perspective on best practices, examples of what cities can accomplish, and direction on policies that are needed for a post-fossil fuel economy.

Recycle Mania Northeastern recognized in 2010 RecycleMania competition

4/30/10 The Massachusetts College and University Recycling Council presented Northeastern with a certificate of achievement for excellence in two recycling categories: garbage and food.

International Village earns top honors

4/23/10 Northeastern University's newest residence hall, International Village, has received two new honors that recognize top priorities at the university-the fostering of a strong relationship with the surrounding community, and the promotion of sustainability.

A group of five electrical and computer engineering seniors at Northeastern As green as you want to be

4/22/10 Determined to find ways to reduce the world's energy consumption, a group of five electrical and computer engineering seniors at Northeastern University have developed a home power-monitoring system that not only tracks how much energy specific devices use, but gives consumers simple ways of making greener decisions, even when they're away from the house.

New green architecture program

4/21/10 The Faculty Senate on April 21 approved two new dynamic academic programs at Northeastern that will expand the fields of study in the key areas of urban architecture and computer and network security.

Northeastern awarded $9.9 million NIH grant

4/15/10 Northeastern University has received a $9.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the impact of exposure to environmental contamination on preterm birth rates and to develop sustainable solutions.

Antarctica penguin Green Expedition Heads to Antarctica

3/12/10 A Northeastern University biochemistry and marine biology professor and one of his undergraduate students are preparing to embark on a six-month expedition to Antarctica to study the effect of global climate change on marine organisms.

Forest Northeastern Coolest Co-op Contest Goes Green

3/4/10 Northeastern University student Michaela D'Amico earned a "Coolest Co-op" title for a video snapshot of her co-op working with the Amazon Defense Coalition in Ecuador. The video placed third in the first annual Coolest Co-op Contest, launched to help celebrate the centennial year of Northeastern's renowned co-op and experiential-learning program.

Group photo, Climate for Change The Green Team

12/15/09 In December a group of 15 Northeastern students attended the fifteenth annual United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The students, who dubbed themselves the COP15 crew, got to observe more than 15,000 representatives from 192 countries working to negotiate a framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Glass of water What’s in our water?

11/5/09 Although America's supply of drinking water is considered among the world's safest, there is an urgent need to develop more stringent regulations to guide how water is monitored for pollutants, according to April Gu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. Gu is working on the fundamental research underlying our ability to identify and monitor real and potential pollutants in water and remove them at lower cost than is now possible.

Landscaper Marty Slazas tamps down recycled material around Forsyth Street trees to prevent water runoff. Photo by Craig Bailey It's easy being green

10/20/09 Built around a broad base of sustainability research and an overarching commitment to creating a “greener” campus, Northeastern University this week marked the first Sustainability Week with programs, lectures and a prestigious award for the Dockser Hall renovation.

the inside of an auditorium in Dockser Hall Law School’s new moot court gets ‘green’ thumbs up

10/2/09 The Northeastern University School of Law's Dockser Hall recently earned LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green building council, the nation's second highest "green" building status. It is the first LEED Gold building at Northeastern.

a photo of the Trash2Treasure event Students show their "green" moves

9/8/09 Northeastern is taking tag sales to a whole new level. Taking its cue from the heaps of trash typically accumulated—and then hauled away—during spring move-out, the student-run environmental group Husky Energy Action Team (HEAT) kicked off the first Trash2Treasure initiative this year.

a gold star Northeastern Makes National ‘Green’ Honor Roll

8/3/09 The Princeton Review's annual Green Rating gave Northeastern the highest possible score for creating one of the most environmentally friendly campuses in the United States. (See USA Today's follow-up report in its education section.)

Faucet Bringing Water to the World

6/2/09 In late April, students from Northeastern's chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Bbanda, Uganda, about 72 miles west of the capital, Kampala, to gather data for designing a clean-water distribution system. The trip was funded by Friends of the Sick and Poor, a Dorchester, Mass.-based community organization working to repair the devastation caused by Bbanda's AIDS epidemic.

the 2009 Mass Commuter Challenge logo Northeastern participates in 2009 MassCommuter Challenge

5/11/09 This week, the Northeastern University community is celebrating national Bike Month by participating in the 2009 MassCommuter Challenge. Faculty, staff, and students can pledge to bike for all or part of their regular commute by choosing to pedal to the university or to public transportation.

Globe Searching for green solutions

4/22/09 The Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology (NUCRET) is preparing to host an international symposium titled "Energy Challenges for the New Millennium," featuring forums, scientific sessions and educational outreach programs.

bags recycled from red and white Northeastern-branded vinyl banners Northeastern’s Fashion-forward Green Initiative

3/30/09 Who says going green means having to skimp on style? Recently Northeastern transformed more than 90 banners that once lined Huntington and Columbus Avenues and refashioned them into 300 one-of-a-kind tote bags.

The Earth Hour logo Northeastern Participates in Boston Earth Hour on March 28

3/26/09 Northeastern University is participating in Boston's Earth Hour by asking all faculty, staff and students to turn off non-essential lighting on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Winds of Change

3/23/09 Growing up in the blustery hills of Vermont, Matilda Urie never lost the propulsion toward a career in wind farm development.

Co-op students help Chinese factory go green Made in China: physics students help factory go green

3/19/09 For juniors Mark Martino and Brendan Tanguay, a "Made in China" sticker conjures up fond memories of their international co-op rather than concerns about the world economy. That's because for six months, they called home a plastics and electronics factory in Fenggang, China.

a logo demonstrating green lightbulbs 70,000 lightbulbs to bring big savings

1/30/09 In six weeks, nearly 70,000 lightbulbs—or “lamps” as they’re known in the industry—were replaced with more sustainable alternatives campus-wide. This energy-saving measure is part of an ongoing effort by the facilities division to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and save money.

A group of Northeastern University mechanical and industrial engineering students stand beside solar panels Engineering students partner with Greek firm to invent robotized cleaning system for solar panels

12/11/08 A group of Northeastern University mechanical and industrial engineering students have designed a groundbreaking, robotic cleaning system for solar panels that has been submitted for a patent.

An image of the letter 'B' University Makes Grade for Growing Greener

11/27/07 The Husky black and red is getting a touch of green. Northeastern’s grade from the College Sustainability Report Card, which tracks environmentally friendly practices and policies on U.S. and Canadian campuses, improved dramatically over the past year, up to B from C-, according to the Sustainable Endowments Institute. The university was one of five institutions singled out for demonstrating the greatest year-to-year improvement, along with such schools as the University of Southern California and Notre Dame.

The Northeastern team that received a $498,803 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to assess next generation learning through computer-facilitated networked play Northeastern University Receives Grant to Raise Environmental Awareness with Computer Simulation Game

10/29/07 Northeastern University has received a $498,803 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to assess next generation learning through computer-facilitated networked play. The project focuses on a cooperative interdisciplinary computer game, Shortfall Online, developed by faculty and staff from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Department of Visual Arts and Multimedia Studies.

The Red, Black and Green Initiative logo Red, Black & Green Initiative at John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute

5/23/07 The John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute (JDOAAI) is incorporating the redblack&GREEN project, an innovative new campaign designed by JDOAAI staff member and N.U. alumna, Núrí Chandler-Smith, with strong support from Dean Lula Petty-Edwards. The goal of the project is to educate JDOAAI students, staff, and the larger community on issues of environmental sustainability and to implement sustainability practices throughout the Institute.

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