What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is creating a world that has a healthy environment, social justice, and a strong economy to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainability: A Collective Effort

As a teaching institution, North Central has a special responsibility to introduce, support and encourage core sustainability values and actions into all aspects of campus life. Our campus community is actively making smart choices to limit our impact on environmental systems. Not only will these actions enhance the North Central experience for current generations, but they will prepare students for a world that increasingly relies on sound sustainable decision making. 

Res/Rec Solar PV

1,632 solar photovoltaic panels and energy storage system are installed on the roof of Res/Rec!

Solar panels on res/rec


Recognition for our commitment to sustainability. 


Integrating sustainability throughout North Central College

Solar thermal panels





electric charging

Alternative Transportation

Built Environment


Sustainable Dining

Environmental Studies Program

Get Involved

Ways you can be involved in sustainability efforts across campus. 

Local Resources

Reuse, recycling, and public transportation.

Additional Information

Since 1861, North Central College has been a place where new ideas lead to unlimited possibilities. Our nearly 3,000 students study across more than 65 undergraduate and graduate programs, with their education made richer by supportive faculty and staff, world-class facilities and countless opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. 

Sustainability on campus