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Sustainability and Resilience at the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs

In line with our commitment to prepare leaders who address complex problems, serve communities and build a just, sustainable, and resilient world, the School of Public Policy of Urban Affairs offers an array of programs and concentrations surrounding sustainability and resilience.


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Northeastern’s Climate Action Planning Process

Advancing sustainability and resilience, through research, teaching, experiential learning, and community engagement, is a key priority for Northeastern University. During this time of COVID19-related disruption and social change, we are launching a university-wide planning process to update Northeastern’s sustainability and resilience goals and guide the universities future innovations. The world has changed a lot since Northeastern’s current Climate Action Plan was developed in 2010. Anticipating future climate disruptions and connecting sustainability and resilience planning with research, learning and community-wide engagement is more important than ever. Through a participatory community process we want to co-create a bold new vision and roadmap for climate resilience innovation and sustainability at Northeastern University.

As we practice physical distancing and staying safe, we invite you to share your ideas and suggestions on advancing sustainability and resilience throughout the Northeastern community.  To inform the planning process, we are seeking input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members on which programs and innovations should be prioritized and how Northeastern can enhance our societal impact.


Global Resilience Institute COVID-19 Course

How to be Safe and Resilient

During this global emergency, we all need to take extra care of ourselves and each other. This short course provides the basic knowledge and skills you need to be safe and resilient. Spend an hour moving through the course’s simple steps. It may be the most important thing you do. Our goal at Northeastern University is for you to feel empowered to take actions that can reduce anxiety and save lives. Let’s all commit ourselves to working together as a community to be safe and resilient!