Living green and gold

Living Green (and Gold) at NMU

Northern's housing and residence life team is proud to engage in sustainable practices within its facilities. Learn more about the ways we are "living green" here on this page. 

LEED Certified

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program is intended to promote the design and renovation of buildings that will operate in an environmentally responsible way and to identify those that are successful in doing so.

LEED certified halls at NMU:

  • Meyland Hall
  • Magers Hall
  • Magers-Meyland Lobby
  • Hunt-Van Antwerp Lobby

Silver level LEED certified halls at NMU:

  • Van Antwerp Hall
  • Hunt Hall
  • The Woods (Birch Hall, Cedar Hall, Maple Hall)

For information on the LEED program, visit the U.S. Green Building Council's Website

Green Cleaning

Housing and Residence Life utilizes green cleaning products. Green cleaning provides many benefits to the facilities that use them: they improve air quality, provide healthier facilities, reduce water and waste pollution and reduce waste by using concentrated products.

Energy Saving Light Technology

Magers Hall, Meyland Hall, Hunt Hall Van Antwerp Hall, and the Woodland Park apartments are equipped with energy saving light technology. Every other hallway light fixture shuts off at 10:00pm nightly. This allows the building to remain safely lit but cuts down on the energy used to light each hallway.

Dual Valve Toilets

Hunt and Van Antwerp Halls are equipped with Sloan's Dual-Flush valve toilets. This is the first commercial valve of its kind to reduce water volume by 30%. Lifting the handle up saves half a gallon of water, using 1.1 gpf (gallons per flush) while pushing down initiates full flush, which uses 1.6 gpf. The toilet's green antibacterial coated handle protects against germs.

For more information visit the Sloan Website.

Shower Shut Off Valves

Hunt Hall is equipped with shower shut-off valves to save on water consumption. The EPA states that taking a five minute shower can use about 1/3 the water required for a 70-gallon bath.

Check back soon for updates from Hunt Hall on the use and effectiveness of the valves.


Each residence hall room is equipped with a recycling bin to encourage residents to recycle everyday products. NMU has programs that support recycling the following materials: Batteries, glass, latex paint, ink jet/toner cartridges, metal, paper, plastic and waste oil.

For more information on reycling at NMU visit NMU's Recycling Committee Website.