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NIU certifies 9 ‘green offices’

By Madison Kacer | March 24, 2016

Nine offices have been certified under the revamped NIU Green Office Initiative, which began at the start of the semester.The NIU Green Office Initiative seeks to make offices more environmentally friendly with minor and feasible tasks in the offices...

Alumna Elizabeth Justice collects rotten tomatoes to be used as compost Oct. 5 at the NIU Communiversity Gardens on the east side of Anderson Hall. 

Panel discussion brings Hunger Action Month to close

By Northern Star staff | September 29, 2015

A panel discussion about hunger need will be held as a part of Hunger Action Month on Wednesday. The discussion, Think Global. Act Local: Hunger Action Month, will be presented by NIU and the Northern Illinois Food Bank to present 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in...

Annual film festival to bring interest in world environment

By Kate Chopelas | November 11, 2013

The planet is in focus for this year’s Green Lens Environmental Film Festival.The mission of the festival — which is themed “Our Planet In Focus” this year — is to “provide Northern Illinois University with an opportunity to experience films...

Climate change affects Inuits

By James Bartley | November 5, 2013

Guest speaker Carlos Velazquez addressed the problem of climate change Monday, talking about how it has caused the ice of the Arctic to melt Monday and focusing on the disappearing culture of the Inuit tribes.The event was organized by the Institute for...

Goodwill, NIU team up for donation drive

By Brooke Shinberg | December 9, 2012

NIU and Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois have teamed up to hold a donation drive that will run until 15. Donations of clothing, linens, computers and computer accessories, shoes and cell phones, among other things, can be dropped off in the blue...

A group of students on a walk.

NIU offers summer camps for high school, junior high students

By Ian Gough | April 25, 2012

While the semester is ending for college students, learning opportunities are only beginning for junior high and high school students. Starting June 1, NIU will offer numerous summer camps for junior high and high school students. The camps are set up...

Tapped, the poster for which is seen here, is a documentary revolving around the use of bottled water.

‘Tapped’ screening aims to raise awareness of environmental issues

By Jessica Cabe | March 21, 2012

Water usually doesn’t top the list of controversial topics. But the NIU Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy teamed up with Outdoor Adventures to reveal the hidden evils of bottled water. The group is sponsoring a free...

Environmental Studies Club creates connections for members

By Joe Palmer | February 13, 2012

A new club has sprung up on campus for students interested in environmental studies.The Environmental Studies Club and is dedicated to creating professional channels and connections for members within the environmental studies field, according to the...

Guest Column: Lead the environmental movement

By Melissa Burlingame | November 3, 2011

"Learning today, leading tomorrow." NIU's motto is fitting, but students should also focus on leading today. In the environmental movement, we can't wait until tomorrow; we need leaders to inspire action today. The evidence for climate change is clear...

NIU, DeKalb need bike lanes

By Melissa Burlingame | October 10, 2011

A critical mass is the minimum amount of material (fissile, if you want to be technical) needed to maintain a nuclear chain reaction. Without enough fissile material, nuclear energy cannot be produced.In the cycling world, a critical mass is an event...

Guest Column: Buying organically-grown food is good for you and the environment

By MELISSA BURLINGAME | September 25, 2011

What is organically-grown food? Organic growing practices are farming methods to control pests and retain soil nutrients that exclude the use of manufactured (the key word!) pesticides, fertilizers, or other additives to regulate growth, and include other...