Sustainable Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest is invested in improving sustainability efforts in our community.

Building a Resilient Purdue University Northwest

Sustainability is more than maintaining profitable operations, legal compliance or preserving nature. A definition that is often used is from the 1987 Brundtland Commission Report Our Common Future “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability considers the triple-bottom line of equity, economy and ecology, or people, prosperity and planet.

Support PNW Sustainability

Take our survey and let us know one sustainable change you want to see at PNW.

Honey Bee Live Cam

PNW has added new housing…for honey bees. A first for the university, the PNW apiaries include two hives at the Westville campus and Gabis Arboretum and four hives on the Hammond campus.

See the First Honey Haul

Learn About the Hives

Tree Campus USA

Purdue University Northwest has been recognized as a Tree Campus Higher Education by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Read More About The Recognition

Walking the trails at Gabis.

Gabis Arboretum

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest serves as a living laboratory for education, research, conservation and engagement with the natural environment.

Explore The Happenings At Gabis

Sustainable Dining at PNW


Stop in at the Oaken Arbor Cafe in SULB in Hammond and add your commitments to be more sustainable to the board by the cash register. Check the link below to see Chartwells’ sustainability commitments for dining at PNW. Some examples are:

  • rBGH Free Milk and Humane/Cage-free Eggs
  • Locally Grown Produce, when available
  • Kitchen Waste Tracking and Reduction Program

Chartwells Sustainability Commitments

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

A lion statue on campus

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AASHEAASHE Member Logo is pictured. empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation.

AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders.

May 24

Evening Spring Bird Walk

Join other avid birders for a guided walk around the arboretum to observe and identify different types of birds.

May 25

Wednesday Wellness Walks with Community Healthcare System

A healthcare provider and a Gabis naturalist will lead you on a leisurely walk, as they share helpful health and wellness tips and information about native plants and wildlife

Jun 04

Art in Nature: Nature Prints (Kids)

Printmaking uses plants, rocks and other nature materials to produce an image. We’ll go on a walk to find leaves and flowers to make prints for kids to take home.

Jun 07

All About Bluebirds

Learn about these beautiful birds and their importance to our local environment.

A lion statue on campus

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