Tuesday, November 10, 2015

America Recycles Day

Carolina celebrates America Recycles Day on Wednesday, November 11! Head over to the Great Hall in the Student Union from 11am-2pm for a swap shop, composting demo, Carolina Green pledge drive, update on UNC’s Strategic Sustainability Plan, and more! Learn how Tar Heels reduce, reuse, and recycle on campus and at home. Read more »

University of California (UC) Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2025

At a recent two-day climate change summit in San Diego, UC President Janet Napolitano vowed to turn the system’s 10 campuses into a living laboratory for sustainability solutions that can be scaled up to state, national, and global levels. The university agreed to buy 80 megawatts of solar power—the largest purchase by any U.S. university— and to also target $1 billion of its investment portfolio toward renewable energy and other climate-change solutions over the next five years. The plan will be presented at next month's Climate Conference in Paris. Read more »

White House Day of Climate Action to Feature Campus Climate Leadership

On November 19, the White House and the State Department will bring together leadership from higher education institutions, including school administrators and student leaders, to encourage a strong agreement at the December Climate Conference in Paris and call for a low-carbon, sustainable future. Students and school leadership will join high-level government officials, celebrities, NGOs, and business leaders in a live-streamed event that facilitates meaningful dialogue on climate change solutions and activates young people. Read more »

Organizations Collaborate to Advance Sustainability in Higher Ed

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), U.S. Green Building Council, (USGBC), Second Nature, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently unveiled a shared vision to advance sustainability by working more closely together for the benefit of higher education institutions. Their vision is that: 
By 2025, 20 million graduates across all majors will be global sustainability citizens: learning about relationships between natural, physical, economic, social, and cultural systems; understanding how their personal and professional choices impact these systems; and having the agency to create solutions that allow people and the environment to thrive

Friday, November 6, 2015

Think Outside the Box at Global Entrepreneurship Week

Launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and improve human welfare. UNC will host a weeklong series of events from November 16-21 to reach across all disciplines and the Triangle community. This event is free and open to the public and features workshops, competitions, networking, and more. Read more »

Be a Part of the New Edible Garden Project at UNC

Imagine taking a study break from the library to harvest a snack. The new edible campus project promotes a landscape of fresh produce and herbs accessible to all. Emily Auerbach, Chancellor’s Fellow and recent UNC graduate, is leading the project with Facilities Planning and Design and members of student government. Volunteer to plant the first seeds of the edible garden on Saturday, November 21, at 2pm. Email Emily Auerbach (emily.auerbach@unc.edu) for more information. Read more »

Scholarships for Women Pursuing Transportation-Related Careers

The NC Triangle Chapter of WTS - Advancing Women in Transportation is currently collecting applications for scholarship opportunities for women pursuing transportation-related study. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and focus on transportation-related issues. As an added incentive, the NC Triangle Chapter may award separate scholarship funds to the most qualified students submitting applications. Applications are due by Friday, November 13. Read more »

New Sustainability Module Available Online

The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University announces the launch of a free, open-source, online learning module to explore Sustainability Science and Full Cost Analysis (FCA). FCA is a problem solving method using systems thinking to account for economic, societal, and environmental costs. The module is also designed to be easily incorporated into preexisting course syllabi or as the foundation for new courses. Read more »

Carolina in the News

Check out the recent media mention of sustainability-related programs, practices, and people at UNC:

UNC Mathematicians Study How Pipes Affect the Spread of Pollution
Mathematicians at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered that the size and shape of a pipe dramatically affects how pollutants spread. "Specifically, we found that flows in rectangular ducts instantaneously distribute pollutants asymmetrically as opposed to the even spreading observed in circular or elliptical pipe flows," said Richard M. McLaughlin, professor and chair of the department of mathematics in UNC-Chapel Hill's College of Arts and Sciences. Their results have major implications for managing pollutants spilled in waterways. Read more »

Thanks to UNC News Services for finding these great stories! You can find more UNC media coverage and stories online at uncnews.unc.edu.

University of California Davis – Environmental Services Facility Supervisor – CA

Stanford University - Sustainable Food Program Farm and Forage Coordinator – CA

University of California Office of the President – Sustainability Communications Strategist – CA

Rice University – Transportation Demand Management Coordinator – TX

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point – Professor, Educational Sustainability – WI

Earlham College – Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability – IN

Indiana University Bloomington – #15454 Project Coordinator, Capital Planning and Facilities – IN

Oberlin College – Sustainable Technology Coordinator – OH

Duquesne University – Assistant Professor Environmental Science and Policy – PA

University of Virginia – Sustainability Analyst – VA

Yes! Solar Solutions – Energy Specialist – NC

BHI Conservancy – Spring Coastal Environmental and Non-Profit Internships – NC

Americorps – Multiple Positions – NC

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

UNC-Chapel Hill Ranks 15th Globally for Innovation

Thomson Reuters recently ranked the “Top 100 Innovative Universities.” Stanford University was ranked 1st globally, UNC-Chapel Hill was ranked 15th, and Duke University followed at 17th. Carolina received $792 million in research grants and contracts in fiscal year 2014. Students and faculty have launched more than 150 businesses, creating 38,000 jobs worldwide and generating more than $7 billion in annual revenue. Read more »

Carolina Listed in “75 Best Colleges for Food in America”

Carolina Dining Services (CDS) serves more than 4 million meals a year and is always on the look-out for food from local and organic producers. Nearly 30% of all food served comes from within 150 miles of campus and nearly 20% is ecologically sound, fair, and humane. Local foods purchased from within 250 miles of campus are available daily and include fresh produce, dairy products, and baked goods. CDS was also recently awarded a Gold Medal from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) for outstanding performance in sustainability education and Grand Prize for Excellence in Sustainability for its inaugural “Feeding the 5,000” event. Other CDS sustainability initiatives include a reusable container program, tray-free dining, fryer oil recycling, and weekly food donations to food banks. Read more » 
Keep your room naturally clean with a sustainable, non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner. Instead of using chemical-based products, make a simple mixture of vinegar, baking soda, and water. Add essential oils for a mild, clean fragrance. Read more »

The Center for Design Innovation Expands

The Center for Design Innovation (CDI), a multi-campus research center within the University of North Carolina system, catalyzes economic transformation through design-focused activity and digital technologies. A recent move to a new building in the Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem comes with expanded labs, classrooms, and meeting rooms for entrepreneurs, inventors, and designers. “The Center for Design Innovation blends the arts, technology, and science of creativity to inspire entrepreneurial enterprise and the next generation of the 21st Century workforce,” says Pamela L. Jennings, CDI’s executive director. Read more »

New Program Promotes Pollinator Protection on College Campuses

Bee City USA, based in Asheville, NC, recently announced a new national program, Bee Campus USA, to protect pollinators and increase awareness about their benefits. Southern Oregon University has been named the first Bee Campus USA. Bee City USA director, Phyllis Stiles says, "Hard-working pollinators are responsible for about every third bite we eat, and 85 percent of the world’s flowering plant species need a pollinator’s help in order to reproduce. Recognizing the serious threats faced by the thousands of species of bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, and hummingbirds that make our planet bloom and fruit, we feel very fortunate to have found such an outstanding partner in pollinator protection.” Carrboro, NC, is the third city to be recognized as a Bee City. Read more »

Biennial UNC Social Innovation Challenge

Every two years, UNC's Social Innovation Initiative holds a pan-university challenge open to all students, faculty, and staff interested in launching social ventures. Ten ventures are selected for a two-year residency at CUBE, UNC’s social innovation incubator, and can receive up to $5,000 in seed funding. There are eight different tracks: environment, health, education, socio-economic development, technology, sports, arts, and food. A kickoff informational event will be held on Wednesday, October 7 from 6-7:30pm in the Campus Y, and will include an opportunity to meet this years mentors-in residence and receive feedback on your idea. Applications for the Challenge are due by December 27, 2015. Read more » 

Free Online Course in Sustainable Business

UNC and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), a top business school in India, are co-recipients of a 3-year grant to advance sustainability education in the US and India. As part of the collaboration, Professor PD Jose is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Strategy and the Sustainable Enterprise,” which includes short videos about social entrepreneurship from UNC Professor Carol Hee’s BUSI 507 class. “Strategy and the Sustainable Enterprise” is packed with insightful lectures, case studies, interviews, and peer-group discussions to provide a competitive advantage. The free online course began September 29 but there is an option for late enrollment. Read more »

Students for Zero Waste Conference

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is hosting an upcoming conference for sustainability-minded students implementing waste reduction programs on their college and university campuses across the country. The Students for Zero Waste Conference will be held October 9-10 at the University of New Hampshire. Travel scholarships are available. Read more »

Apply Now to Work with Green Corps

Recent graduates receive hands-on experience while working to solve urgent environmental problems with Green Corps' year-long paid program. Green Corps connects graduates with environmental and progressive groups to help build their organizations, create social change, and protect the environment. The early application closes on October 11th. Read more »
Changing Climate Threatens Bird Species 
More than half of North America's birds may lose most of their current home range by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. North American birds' habitats are being shrunk by warming temperatures, threatening their survival, a new climate model shows. Allen Hurlbert, a biologist at UNC, cited birds living in the boreal forests across south and central Canada as an example. If the temperatures rise, the birds might move farther north for a cooler climate––but doing so would push them into a completely different tundra habitat. "Are they going to do less well where the climate is right but there are no food resources and no habitat or are they going to do less well where the climate is slightly uncomfortable but there is habitat and food they are accustomed to?" Hurlbert asked. Rodney Siegel, executive director of the Institute for Bird Populations in California, praised the work as an important first-of-its-kind study. "It's kind of a wake-up call that many of our more common species even could be in jeopardy in the coming decades," Siegel said. Read more » 

Air Pollution Kills 3.3 Million Worldwide, May Double 
Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to a recent study. The United States, with 54,905 deaths in 2010 from soot and smog, ranks seventh highest for air pollution deaths. According to the study, agriculture caused 16,221 of those deaths, second only to 16,929 deaths blamed on power plants. Ammonia from fertilizer and animal waste combines with sulfates from coal-fired power plants and nitrates from car exhaust to form the soot particles, the big air pollution killers. "About 6 percent of all global deaths each year occur prematurely due to exposure to ambient air pollution. This number is higher than most experts would have expected, say, 10 years ago," said Jason West, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jason West and other outside scientists did dispute the study's projections that deaths would double by 2050, which is based on no change in air pollution. West and others said it's likely that some places, such as China, will dramatically cut their air pollution by 2050. Read more »

UNC Sustainability Office – Website Developer and Design Internships – NC

UNC-Chapel Hill – Associate Director of Engineering Services –NC

WNC Green Building Council – Executive Director – NC

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association – Organic Research Coordinator and Farm Services Coordinator – NC

American University – Sustainability Coordinator – Washington, D.C.

American University – Sustainability Manager – Washington, D.C.

Lehigh University – Sustainability Program Manager – PA

Loyola University Chicago – Sustainability Specialist – IL

University of New Hampshire – Lecturer/Assistant Director, Sustainability Dual Major – NH

National Outdoor Leadership School – Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Internship – WY

Cal Poly – Sustainability Coordinator – CA

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Consider trying out a Meatless Monday. Eating less meat – even omitting it from one meal per week – can have a positive impact on your health and the environment. When you do choose to buy meat, look for labels that specify local, organic, and humanely raised. Read more »

New Rankings Showcase UNC's Commitment to Sustainability

Colleges and universities across the state are making sustainability a top priority. In the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” rankings, five NC institutions are among the top 65 greenest colleges and universities nationally. Carolina leads the way at No. 15 out of over 150 participating colleges, followed by Appalachian State at No. 23, Duke at No. 27, Warren Wilson College at No. 54, and UNC Greensboro at No. 63. UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University also both hold a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). UNC-Chapel Hill’s ranking recognizes the long-term success of its many sustainability initiatives. Carolina has reduced water use by 60% per square foot since 2000 and energy use by 31% per square foot since 2003. Read more »

Share Your Pilot Project Ideas for Campus Sustainability

Gathering input to inform the University’s new Strategic Sustainability Plan began in Spring 2015. Throughout the summer, six working groups identified UNC’s sustainability goals and priorities. An overview of their suggestions is available here. To learn more, please come out to Polk Place from 11:30am-2:30pm on Tuesday, September 15. Rain location is the Carolina Union Aquarium Lounge. We’re also hosting a Carolina Green Pledge Drive for reusable bags. Take the pledge in advance at Carolinagreen.unc.edu to grab your bag and avoid the line. Join via facebook and invite your friends.

What Pilot Projects would you like to see emerge from the plan? Please submit your ideas here.

Carolina Dining Services Wins Grand Prize for Excellence in Sustainability

Carolina Dining Services earned a Gold Medal from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) for outstanding performance in sustainability outreach and education. In addition, CDS won the overall Grand Prize for Excellence in Sustainability for its Feeding the 5,000 event that demonstrated how frequently unused food products can feed thousands of hungry people. (The second annual, free-of-charge Feeding the 5,000 event will occur Tuesday, September 29, from 11-2 in the Pit and Top of Lenoir.) The NACUFS Sustainability Awards recognize and honor institutions that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in environmental sustainability. Carolina Dining Services offers sustainable menu items daily, including, but not limited to, “Meat ‘Less' Mondays,” grass-fed beef, organic yogurt, humane chicken and cage-free eggs, and healthy, delicious and nutritious vegan and vegetarian offerings. Read more »

Learn to Lead Staff Sustainability Efforts

“Making the Workplace More Sustainable,” an interactive staff sustainability workshop, helps participants identify, measure and promote sustainable change opportunities in their work areas. Participants learn about sustainability goals and initiatives at UNC, become “green events” certified, and learn how to conduct a Workplace Sustainability Assessment. The upcoming, two-day training will be held Tuesday, September 29, and Thursday, October 1, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, at the Administrative Office Building on Airport Drive. Register soon through Connect Carolina for “Workplace Sustainability 1,” space is limited. Read more »

UNC System Avoids Over $900 Million in Utility Costs

More than 425 clean energy advocates, including students, faculty, campus operations leaders, and university executives attended the 2015 Appalachian Energy Summit this past summer in Boone, North Carolina. The fourth annual summit recognized the efforts of the UNC System to cumulatively avoid over $749 million in energy costs and over $158 million in water costs since 2003. The University of North Carolina system aims to avoid $2 billion in utility costs by 2025. Read more » 

Carolina Installs New Solar Features

The FPG Student Union is now outfitted with a 19.8 kw solar array, donated by Strata Solar, North Carolina’s largest utility scale solar installer. Funding to install the panels was provided by the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC), which allocates the $4 per student per semester green energy fee. You can see the panels from the top floors of Davis Library. A monitor will soon be installed in the Student Union to track the output of the photovoltaic panels. 

Also new to campus are Powersol solar umbrellas installed near the Pit and at other spots around campus, including several residence halls. Affixed atop the umbrellas, solar panels power a charging station that offers three USB ports at each table. Take a seat and catch a quick charge on your electronic device. This project was also funded by the RESPC, as well as Carolina Dining Services and Student Stores. Read more »

BigBelly solar trash compactors were recently installed in high-traffic areas on campus including around the Pit, on Polk Place, and at the Medical School. These solar-powered, compacting trash cans and recycling bins increase the efficiency of trash collection. Each BigBelly station sends Grounds Services an email to let them know when the bins are full. Read more »

City of Raleigh Recognized for National Sustainability Excellence

Raleigh is the first community in North Carolina to achieve a 4-STAR Community Rating for national excellence in sustainability. “The City of Raleigh has a long commitment to sustainability with a focus not only on environmental stewardship but also on economic strength and social equity,” said Mayor McFarlane. “The 4-STAR Community Rating for national excellence is a culmination of the hard work and innovative ideas of staff and the community in not only promoting sustainable ideas but recognizing sustainable programs as a cornerstone of Raleigh’s future.” STAR is a sustainability rating system for cities, towns, and counties. Nearly 100 communities are actively using the STAR Community Rating System, with more than 60 engaged in the certification process. Read more »

Clean Energy Forum

North Carolina policy-makers have been considering significant changes to the state’s clean energy policies during the 2015 legislative session. The Clean Energy Forum intends to put these discussions into context by providing an update on clean energy policies, outlining impacts of solar projects, and examining industry trends. Speakers at the Forum will include leading industry representatives, solar developers, state agency officials, and university experts. The forum will be held Friday, September 25, from 1-4pm at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to swall@email.unc.edu and include Clean Energy Forum in the subject line. The event is sponsored by the UNC Institute for the Environment, the NCSU Institute for Emerging Issues, and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

Saving Pollinators at the NC Botanical Garden

Flowering plants, food, and our natural habitat rely on pollinators. The Saving Our Pollinators exhibition features 29 events, including workshops, exhibits, talks, and tours that highlight the acute plight of pollinators, including bees, birds, bats, and butterflies. Discover the importance of our pollinators as the NC Botanical Garden illustrates challenges and offers solutions to stabilize and secure their future. Events will take place from now until October 3rd. Read more »

UNC Students Open a Waterless Car Wash 
Students from UNC-Chapel Hill have started a business selling waterless car washes. "It saves 45 gallons or more per car wash, and most people don't realize how much water is wasted at a car wash," says Austin Helms, a student at the UNC Kenan Flagler Business School. Waterless Buddys will be opening to the public at University Place in Chapel Hill this fall. In the meantime, you can request an onsite car wash by going to their website. Read more »

Local Sustainable Coffee Business Expands 
For twenty years, Counter Culture Coffee of Durham has implemented practices of direct and fair trade with farmers, while selling wholesale to restaurants and specialty stores across the Triangle. The company, co-founded by Brett Smith, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler business school, chose to build and leverage relationships with farmers to implement sustainable and transparent practices that yield a better tasting bean. Counter Culture Coffee recently announced it will expand to the west coast. Read more » 

UNC Sustainability Office – Two Internships Available – NC

Environmental Defense Fund – Director, Southeast Clean Energy – NC

WNC Green Building Council – Executive Director – NC

Triangle J Council of Governments – Energy and Environment Program Manager – NC

Chapel Hill Farmers' Market – Volunteer – NC

SEEDS – Volunteer Appreciation Internship – NC

University of Dayton – Post-doctoral Assistant in Sustainability – OH

Antioch College – Sustainability Coordinator – OH

Golisano Institute for Sustainability – Director, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, Position # 1850BR – NY

Knox College – Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives – IL

University of Oregon – Instructor/Program Manager, Sustainable Business Practices – OR

Portland Community College – Facilities Director – OR

Occidental College – Assistant Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy – CA

Pomona College – Assistant Director, Sustainability – CA

University of California Santa Cruz – Assistant Professor, Global Environmental & Resource Politics – CA

University of Washington – Sustainability Programs Specialist – WA

University of Washington – Sustainability Outreach and Events Specialist – WA

University of Saskatchewan – Assistant Professor, Human Dimensions of Sustainability – Canada

Friday, May 8, 2015

Green Tip

Get in gear for the rest of the year! May is National Bike Month. Regional events include workshops, route mapping, inspections, and organized rides. Check out the Bike Month calendar for a full list of events »

Carolina Serves “Food for All” as Next Campus Theme

All areas of campus will come together at a common table to examine food and food studies as the 2015-2017 university-wide academic theme. “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives” will examine wide-ranging topics including food cultures and nutrition, food security, world hunger, agricultural economics, resource management, sustainable development, climate change and international trade. “‘Food for All’ is the perfect successor to the ‘Water in Our World’ theme,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “With alliances like UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Global Research Institute and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Carolina can leverage its world-class resources to guide our focus on food over the next two years. Through this initiative, we can bring our community together to address this global issue that plays a critical role across many facets of our society.” A multidisciplinary committee including faculty, staff, students, and community partners will motivate conversation and research about food-focused scholarship and public engagement. The committee will also encourage and support food-related activities, such as new courses, digital humanities projects, film and documentary work, speaker series, scholar and artist-in-residence programs, performing arts events and local and regional service projects. The committee will be led by co-chairs Alice Ammerman and Marcie Cohen Ferris, both UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members with diverse experience and deep-rooted interest in food issues and food studies. Read more »

Don’t Ditch It — Donate It During Student Move-Out

As you prepare to move out of your residence hall or apartment, you may discover items you don’t want or need to take with you. Consider donating used items to local non-profits. The Department of Housing and Residential Education (DHRE), Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR), and Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA) are partnering to collect usable items from donation stations in campus residential communities. TROSA will use the donations within their furnished residences and will sell surplus items to benefit their non-profit comprehensive treatment and work training programs. Check out the “zero-waste” move-out guide for more information. Off-campus students can recycle many items at the Orange County Solid Waste Recycling Center on Eubanks Road, or contact Orange County Solid Waste Management to set up a collection area in your community. And for a list of organizations that accept household donations, click here. Donations support local non-profits, reduce your carbon footprint, strengthen the reuse economy, and preserve resources. Learn more about local resources for recycling and waste reduction »

Learn to Lead Staff Sustainability Efforts

“Making the Workplace More Sustainable,” an interactive staff sustainability workshop, helps participants identify, measure, and promote sustainable change opportunities in their work areas. Participants learn about sustainability goals and initiatives at UNC, become “green events” certified, and learn how to conduct a Workplace Sustainability Assessment. The upcoming, two-day training will be held Tuesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 21, from 8:30AM – 12:30PM, at the Administrative Office Building on Airport Drive. Register soon through Connect Carolina for “Workplace Sustainability 1,” space is limited. Read more »

Carolina Recognized as "Green College" by Princeton Review

"The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition" recognizes Carolina as a national leader in campus sustainability. The free downloadable guide, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), profiles campus commitments to sustainability based on academic offerings, career preparation, policies, initiatives, and activities. UNC-Chapel Hill (#31) and Warren Wilson College (#17) are the only North Carolina schools to make the top 50. Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon ranked 1st. Read more »

New “Climate Stories” Multimedia Site from the Institute for the Environment

Climate Stories NC, a new multimedia storytelling project, documents stories from North Carolinians about the ways in which their property, business, favorite activities, or way of life is affected by climate change. The project raises awareness about the changing climate. Read more »

Carolina Supports the Northside Neighborhood Initiative

Carolina is making a $3 million, 10-year, no-interest loan to help stabilize the Northside neighborhood. Located north of Rosemary and west of Columbia streets, Northside has historically been the largest African-American community in Chapel Hill. The initiative is a partnership between the University, the town and two nonprofits, Self-Help and the Jackson Center. Self-Help, a Durham-based community developer, will manage the $3 million loan to achieve shared goals of helping longtime residents stay in their homes, attracting new residents from diverse backgrounds, and increasing the availability of housing and financing options for neighborhood properties. Read more »

Colorado State University Earns First-Ever STARS Platinum Rating

Colorado State University is the first campus to achieve platinum status, the highest possible achievement, under the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). “This STARS rating reaffirms that CSU is a national leader in building a sustainable, environmentally responsible campus community,” said President Tony Frank. Carolina submitted its second STARS report in summer 2014 and received a gold rating. Read more »

Apply to Attend the Appalachian Energy Summit, July 13-15

The 2015 Appalachian Energy Summit (AES) is the fourth annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. Campus leaders from North Carolina’s 17 public institutions, six private university partners, and select leaders from other states will gather at Appalachian State. North Carolina students from all disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Read more » 

Carolina in The News

Check out the recent media mentions of sustainability-related programs, practices, and people at UNC: 

The Characteristics of a Comprehensive Wellness Program
There are many health and business benefits to a comprehensive corporate wellness program. Only 7% of companies surveyed in a nationally representative study offer what Laura Linnan, a professor of public health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and head of the CDC-funded Workplace Health Research Network, calls a “comprehensive program.” Linnan, who is developing a new national survey of the corporate wellness landscape, identifies five practices that define a wellness program: programs are practical and accessible, the work environment is health-conscious, wellness is integrated into the company’s structure, wellness is linked to existing support programs, and health screenings and education are offered. “You have to have an understanding of what your work force’s health needs are,” said Linnan. Read more »

Thanks to UNC News Services for finding these great stories! You can find more UNC media coverage and stories online at uncnews.unc.edu.

UNC Sustainability Office – Website Content and Communications Internship – NC

Keep America Beautiful – Manager, Recycling Programs – Washington, DC

Green America Center for Sustainability Solutions – Director – Washington, DC

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LoMoMarket – Communications & Marketing Intern – NC

Conservation Trust for North Carolina – AmeriCorps Program Director – NC

Duke University – Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Outreach Coordinator – NC

Western North Carolina Nature Center – AmeriCorps Project Conserve Volunteer & Education Associate – NC

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association – Local Produce Safety Coordinator – NC

Climate Advisers – Associate – Washington, DC

University of Florida – Construction Projects Sustainability Coordinator – FL

The Nature Conservancy – Ecological Monitoring and Land Stewardship Intern – GA

Green Building Alliance – 2030 Transportation Fellow: Commuter Survey – PA

AASHE – Member Services Coordinator – PA

University of Pennsylvania – Sustainability Coordinator – PA

University of Oklahoma – Technical Specialist, Energy Conservation & Sustainability # 20398 – OK

University of Utah Sustainability Office – Communication & Outreach Coordinator – UT

Eastern Kentucky University – Sustainability Manager – KY

Luther College – Energy and Waste Fellow – IA

Lake Texoma - Oil and Gas Facility Assessor / GIS Analyst Intern – OK

Sonoran Desert Network – Data Management Intern – AZ

University of California – Energy and Sustainability Manager – CA

Alliance to Save Energy – Program Associate – CA

Amargosa Conservancy – Resource Management Intern – CA

University of Hawaii Maui College – Instructor/Associate Professor, Sustainable Science Management – HI

Petersburg National Battlefield – Resource Management Intern – VA

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Majora Carter Announced as Earth Day Keynote Speaker

Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist and social-enterprise pioneer, will deliver the Campus Earth Week Keynote Address on Wednesday, April 15, at 6pm, in Carroll Hall, room 111. Carter has redefined the field of environmental equality. She started in the South Bronx at the turn of the century and is now a leader in the local economic development movement across the United States. She is a visionary voice in city planning who views urban renewal through an environmental lens and with a focus on historically underserved and minority populations. Carter's confidence, energy and intensely emotional delivery make her talks themselves a force of nature. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Read more »

Make Your Voice Heard: Provide Input to UNC’s Strategic Sustainability Plan

To maintain its role as a national and international leader in sustainability, UNC-Chapel Hill is developing a Strategic Sustainability Plan to build upon the University’s many successful initiatives to date. The goal is to create a cohesive vision for embedding sustainability into the full range of campus activities, including teaching, research, operations, and engagement. The campus community is invited to participate in Town Hall meetings to provide input on current sustainability initiatives and aspirations for the future. Mark your calendar for an opportunity to participate: 

  • Tuesday, March 31: Campus Sustainability Town Hall, 12:30-2:00pm @ Toy Lounge, Dey Hall 
  • Tuesday, March 31: Student Sustainability Town Hall, 6:00-7:30pm @ Student Union, Room 3411
  • Wednesday, April 1: Staff Town Hall, 9:30-11:00am @ Toy Lounge, Dey Hall 
  • Wednesday, April 1: Faculty Town Hall, 12:30-2:00pm @ Toy Lounge, Dey Hall 
  • Town Halls for a mix of students, faculty, and staff interested in specific themes will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 12:30-2:00 and 3:30-5:00 at a location to be determined and Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day, from 2:30-4:00pm @ Student Union, Room 3206A/B. 
  • An open Earth Day Town Hall for all members of the campus community will be held on Wednesday, April 22, from 11:30am-1:00pm @ Student Union, Room 3206A/B. 

Volunteer opportunities with our world-class consultants are available for students. Two to three students are needed to help with: 

  • Documentation of Sustainability Advisory Committee meeting, on March 18, 3:30-4:30pm in Graham Memorial 035. Photograph the Sustainability Advisory Committee working sessions and outcomes for inclusion in future Sustainability Strategic Plan-related updates and publications. 
  • Participate with consultant team conducting on-campus “intercept interviews,” March 18-19 Shadow consultant team during initial “intercept interviews” gathering student opinion on sustainability at UNC, and be trained to conduct additional interviews independently between 3/19 and 3/31. 

Interested students should contact Amelia Aboff at amelia.aboff@burohappold.com or via text at 917-696-8677. Additional opportunities for involvement will be available in the coming months – for more information as these come up, please contact Cindy Shea at the UNC Sustainability Office at cpshea@email.unc.edu.

To find out the latest on the Strategic Sustainability Plan and upcoming events, read more »

What’s the Big Idea: Food for Thought

The UNC Friday Center presents four lectures on food history, culture, sustainability, and regulation as part of the next What’s the Big Idea? series. UNC-Chapel Hill researchers Marcie Cohen Ferris, Alice Ammerman, and Barry M. Popkin will present research findings, and a special session with UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt will conclude the series with a preview of the new pan-campus theme, “Feeding a Hungry World.” The talks run from April 9-30, from 7-8:30pm at the Friday Center. Each session is $10 or attend the entire series for $30. Read more »

Learn to Lead Staff Sustainability Efforts

“Making the Workplace More Sustainable,” an interactive staff sustainability workshop, helps participants identify, measure and promote sustainable change opportunities in their work areas. Participants learn about sustainability goals and initiatives at UNC, become “green events” certified, and learn how to conduct a Workplace Sustainability Assessment. The upcoming, two-day training will be held Tuesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 21, from 8:30AM – 12:30PM, at the Administrative Office Building on Airport Drive. Register soon through Connect Carolina for “Workplace Sustainability 1,” space is limited. Read more »

Sustainable Speaker Series at CCCC Pittsboro Campus

Students for Sustainability at the CCCC Pittsboro Campus work on environmental conservation and educational events. Learn about the economic and ecological benefits of the Haw River at “The Haw River is Our Home,” on Wednesday at 7 pm, on the Chatham County Campus in Pittsboro. On March 25, learn how NC Waste Awareness and Reduction educates and engages the public on clean energy at “Building People Power for Climate and Energy Justice,” also at 7pm, at the Chatham Community Library Mary Hayes Holmes Conference Room. Read more »

Bill Introduced to Legalize Third-Party Electricity Sales in North Carolina

North Carolina is one of only 5 states that prohibits third-party sales of electricity. Rep. John Szoka, R-Cumberland, has introduced a bill that would allow renewable-energy developers to sell power directly to customers in North Carolina, bypassing the state's utilities. The “Energy Freedom Act” could enhance competition and consumer choice, increase development of renewable energy projects, and make the state an even more attractive place to work and live by contributing to a clean and healthy environment. The bill would take effect July 1. Read more »

North Carolina Wins 9 Good Food Awards

The Good Food Awards honors companies that create delicious and sustainable local food economies. Out of 1,462 entries, 14 different North Carolina products made it into the final round and nine were awarded the top honor. Picklers, cheese-makers, chocolatiers, distillers, brewers, butchers, coffee roasters and farmers across the state work together to make some of the highest quality food products in the nation. Read more »

I-40 Pedestrian Bridge Good for Health and Business

Recent completion of the I-40 bike and pedestrian bridge joined the northern and southern sections of the American Tobacco Trail. Cyclists can now travel the full 21 miles from downtown Durham to Apex without having to share the road with cars. NC State’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education recently found that the trail’s completion contributed to a 133% increase in use. Many people use the trail to get to restaurants, grocery, and retail stores. Though the trail is primarily used for recreation and fitness, it could become an important transportation corridor as Durham grows. Read more »

Trial Treatment of Invasive Plant Proposed in Hillsborough

Hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant that originally came to the US from Asia as an aquarium accessory, has been an issue for Orange County’s watershed. Hydrilla has several ramifications for ecosystems, including a disease that can infect water fowl. It also out-competes native vegetation, which endangers the habitats of many organisms and water quality. A statewide task force to combat Hydrilla found a chemical solution, which will be tested in a two-year trial with close monitoring before applying it to the rest of the watershed. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is reviewing an environmental assessment for toxicity and the effects on humans, plants, and animals. Read more »

The Guardian Launches Climate Change Series

In an effort to find a new narrative for climate change, the UK-based Guardian newspaper has launched a series of podcasts, images, films, and reporting to bring attention to climate change issues and engage and inform the public. The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, explains how climate change is the most important story in the world and challenges journalists to engage readers in a new way. Read more »

Register Now for Environmental LCA Workshop

Environmental life cycle analysis (LCA) is used in industry and commerce for gauging the environmental impact of a service or product. A hands-on workshop at NC State will provide attendees with an overview of LCA, and students will learn methodologies and commercial software. The workshop will be held from August 3-7, and registration is $1900. Space is limited. Read more »

Carolina in the News

Check out the recent media mentions of sustainability-related programs, practices, and people at UNC:

Startup Led by UNC Grad Brings Solar Services to Rooftops
A California startup co-founded by UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Alec Guettel is expanding to North Carolina. Sungevity is launching solar services for residential homeowners in partnership with Lowe's. The company offers solar equipment and related services, including proprietary estimating technology. Sungevity is a venture capital-backed startup and raised $125 million from investors in 2013. Read more » 

New Discovery Could Change Sea Level Rise Predictions
Dr. Mike Willis of the Department of Geological Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill noticed something surprising while combing through satellite and GPS data: a hole twice the size of Central Park in a small Greenland ice cap. Willis and his colleagues determined that meltwater had been collecting in a subglacial lake until the whole thing blew out, sending the water out to sea and causing the ice above it to slump downward. The discovery suggests that water does not flow quickly between ice and rock and out to sea. Instead, it pauses on its rush to the ocean and heats the ice. This process could be important in understanding how Greenland will respond to climate change and contribute to the already 8 inches of global sea level rise since 1900. Greenland holds enough ice to raise global sea levels by 24 feet and its glaciers melt could affect projections of future sea level rise. Read more » 

Study Suggests that Dense Development Would Harm Air in NC’s Triangle
New research from UNC-Chapel Hill challenges the idea that dense urban development is better for the health of residents. The study, published in the December issue of Risk Analysis, found that denser development would slightly reduce the Triangle’s air pollution on a regional level, but at a more local level, it would expose a greater number of citizens to “hotspots” of particulate matter, a harmful pollutant. “Our suggestion is not necessarily that density is wrong,” said Daniel Rodriguez, a professor at UNC’s department of city and regional planning and a coauthor of the study, “but that in itself, in isolation, it’s probably not going to be beneficial for people.” Theodore Mansfield, the study’s lead author and a Ph.D. student at UNC, discussed the costs and benefits of city living. “There are a lot of great things that cities do,” he said. “But at the same time, the concentration of all those activities in a small space can have some negative health impacts.” Read more »

Lawsuits Challenge Agricultural Pollution
Federal lawsuits, supported by studies that link hog farming with air and water pollution, are challenging the livestock industry to change its ways. "Pork is cheap and cheap to produce in large factories because they don't pay for cleaning up water supply, and they don't pay for the asthma neighbors get. They don't pay for polluting downstream water that used to be potable, and they don't pay for the loss of property values," said Steve Wing, a UNC-Chapel Hill epidemiologist. In North Carolina, 10 million hogs produce as much fecal waste in a day as 100 million people, and Duplin County is the nation's top county for hog production. Read more »

Thanks to UNC News Services for finding these great stories! You can find more UNC media coverage and stories online at uncnews.unc.edu.

Green Tip

Spring is just around the corner! Consider starting it green. Mix your own natural cleaning products from water, vinegar, tea tree oil, and lavender oil. Plant the garden you’ve always wanted. Or start a compost bin for organic waste. Learn how at the Composting Workshop at the Carolina Campus Community Garden on March 18 (more details in the news section). Read more green tips »

UNC-Chapel Hill Sustainability Office – Multiple Internships Available – NC

UNC-Chapel Hill Environmental Finance Center – Environmental Finance Data Analyst – NC

North Carolina Coastal Reserve – Summer Stewardship and Research Assistant – NC

TS Designs – Marketing and PR Manager – NC

NC FIELD – Lead Coordinator – NC

City of Lenoir – Stormwater Management Administrator – NC

Town of Kernersville – Sustainability Specialist – NC

Alamance County – Parks Superintendent – NC

Camp Sea Gull – Environmental Discovery Educator – NC

The Sustainability Institute at Penn State – Education Program Associate – PA

University of Dayton – Post-Doctoral Assistant in Sustainability (Posting # S00685P) – OH

National Outdoor Leadership School – Sustainability Coordinator – WY

Jacksonville University – Sustainability Coordinator – FL

Florida Institute of Technology – Sustainability Officer – FL

Messiah College – Director of Sustainability – PA

St. Mary’s College – Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies – MD

University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Energy and Utility Manager – NV

Nutrition Science Initiative – Director of Research – CA

Indiana University – Director, Office of Sustainability (Job #13090) – IN

University of Oregon – Program Manager, Sustainable Cities Initiative – OR

Central College – Coordinator of Sustainability Education – IA

Kalu Yala – International Sustainability Internship – Panama

Sustainability Office Internships for Summer 2015

The Sustainability Office at UNC-Chapel Hill works with the campus community to catalyze the development and implementation of sustainable policies, practices, curricula, and behaviors. Interns will become familiar with the many sustainability practices and policies at UNC while receiving hands-on experience developing communication tools, supporting initiatives, and assessing sustainable practices. There are four internship positions available and all require an in-person interview. Apply by Monday, March 30. Read more »

Conserve Water and Energy on Campus, Win a Solar Umbrella

Throughout March, UNC’s residential communities will compete in a Utility War to reduce energy and water consumption. The community to reduce the most will win a solar umbrella charging station that can be used to charge personal electronics while sitting outside. The contest is sponsored by the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee and the Residence Hall Association. Read more »

Composting Workshop, Wednesday, March 18

A free composting workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 18th from 3 - 4:30pm at the Carolina Campus Community Garden. Muriel Williman, Orange County waste management educator, will cover composting basics and how to start vermicomposting with worms. The class will be held rain or shine and parking is available across from the garden. Read more »

Innovation Lab Offers Design Thinking Workshop, Thursday, March 19

ABAN, Ten Thousand Villages, and Tech Talent South will share insight and methodologies for business solutions on Thursday, March 19, from 6-8pm, at the 1789 Venture Lab on Franklin Street. The hands-on, interactive event is open to all.