Utilize the following resources in order to live more sustainably!

Our Commuter Carpool Connections Program

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services at Northern Illinois University is proud to offer this free carpool service to students, faculty, and staff. This service is intended to reduce commuting costs, ease parking congestion on campus, and promote informal interactions among students, faculty, and staff at NIU.

The Carpool Connections service is a secure database that will match you with other commuters in your area through anonymous e-mails generated within the database.

Borrow-a-Bike Program

The Borrow-a-Bike program provides students, faculty, and staff a free alternative mode of transportation for getting around campus.

There is no charge for students, faculty, and staff to borrow a bike.

Just bring your NIU One Card to Campus Parking Services during regular business hours, complete a bike loan form, then get your bike and go!

Bikes are loaned out for up to two weeks. A bike helmet and a bike lock are issued with each bike. There is a charge only if any equipment is returned in damaged condition or not returned at all.

NIU's Task Force on the Sustainable Campus Environment: The Green Team

The mission of the Northern Illinois University Task Force on the Sustainable Campus Environment (Green Team) is to promote environmental responsibility and innovation throughout the institution, including its curricula, policies, operational practices, and external ties. "Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" is one widely accepted definition of sustainability. Stated differently, it involves reorganizing our life support systems - agriculture, transportation, energy production and consumption, etc. - so that life on Earth can be sustained indefinitely. Additionally, the task force will meet the requirements of State Law PA 95-0657.

Website: The Green Team

NIU Campus Recycling 

The NIU 3R program aims to educate students, faculty, and staff on how to reduce resource use and how to properly utilize the various campus recycling programs.  Bettering campus recycling is only the first step of many that will encourage campus and community sustainability efforts.  

Recycling Programs at NIU

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy

The Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability & Energy is a collaborative program with faculty from the College of Liberal Arts & Science, College of Engineering & Engineering Technology, and the College of Law.  Other Colleges at NIU are joining the collaborative efforts, such as the School of Art and the College of Health & Human Sciences, through team-taught courses and research programs.

Additional Websites


  • Determine your carbon footprint and learn about other environmental concerns by visiting Conservation International.


  • Take the Earth Day footprint quiz and find out important information that can help conserve the environment.


  • Time Magazine's Top 15 Green Websites