The Northeastern Sustainability Perspective
Northeastern University is deeply committed to integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum. A Northeastern education integrates the theory and practice through active learning, problem-driven research, corporate partnerships, and experiential assignments. Sustainability is one of the university’s overarching research themes. Faculty pursue research that addresses global and societal problems.
Northeastern University launched a plan for greening the campus that enlists the help of the entire Northeastern community. The University continues to seek further improvements in campus-wide energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and sustainable building design, and urban land management. The Northeastern initiative utilizes the campus as a learning laboratory. In the research realm, Northeastern faculty are engaged in a variety of sponsored projects including improving building design, on-campus transportation, organic landscaping, recycling, composting, and energy conservation.
Northeastern’s Sustainability Action Plan
Sustainability at D’Amore-McKim
Sustainability encompasses the promotion of environmental responsibility, social justice, and profitability. Sustainable enterprises adopt strategies that maximize profits while minimizing the negative impacts on the environment and society. They measure their success in terms of the “triple-bottom-line” – environmentally responsible (planet), socially responsible (people), and financially profitable (profits). The D’Amore-McKim School of Business recognizes the growing importance of and need to train business leaders who are sustainability-savvy: leaders who understand the dynamic interplay between business, environment, and society.
People who want to help mitigate the effects of climate change need to focus on the problems they can solve in their lives and communities, says Rae André, a professor emeritus of leadership and sustainability at Northeastern. She recently received a lifetime achievement award from an international experiential learning society.