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History of Sustainability at NIU

  • 2016

    Unlimited free printing on campus is eliminated.

  • 2012

    • NIU partners with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois to collect donations of gently used items at the end of each semester as a means to reduce landfill waste;
    • NIU starts H2O to Go to reduce disposable water bottle waste;
    • DoIT reduces printing consumption by implementing printing quotas;
    • Give and Go! Project begins, collecting donated items from residence halls;
  • 2011

    Commingle recycling launches with updated recycling containers and labeling.

  • 2009

    New buildings and major renovations meet LEED certifications per law HB 1013.

  • 2007

    The Task Force on the Sustainable Campus Environment (NIU Green Team) is established

  • 2000

    • NIU collects 1,400 tons paper, plastic and glass meeting charge of IL Public Act 86-1363
    • NIU begins partnership with Energy Systems Group to save electricity, gas, water and emissions
  • 1998-1999

    Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs awards grants to NIU to implement a recycling program.

  • 1997

    Student Association (SA) and NIU administration agree to interim recycling program developed by the Physical Plant and SA .

  • 1994

    SA begins university-wide campus collection and marketing of paper.

  • 1976

    Student Association Drop-Off Recycling Program commences.

  • 1972

    Students organize the Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife.

  • 1967

    Pine Rock Nature Preserve is conveyed to NIU by the Nature Conservancy of Illinois.

  • 1951

    NIU acquires and for the Loredo Taft Field Campus, NIU’s outdoor education and conference center.