Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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 »